Cat 'N Mouse
In this painting a frisky feline is playing a game of Cat 'N Mouse. Fortunately she isn't playing with a real mouse. Just her favorite toy... a stuffed mouse. Tickles has been a particularly good mouser this year, bringing us many of her new found friends. Her friends are usually a little dazed but not too much worse from the wear of Tickles' enthusiasm, pride and playfullness. After Tickles intruduces us to her friends, we make an uncontrollable shreak, which Tickles believes is from joy. Then we dance around (again with joy from Tickles perspective), get between Tickles and her new friend, and then scoop the new playmate into a cardboard box that we now always keep handy and release them out into the wilds of our backyard.
Some cats are immune to catnip. With others the mere scent across the room will turn them frisky. If a cat has too much catnip, watch out for scratches and nips. But after a cat eats catnip, she will probably want to take a nap (catnip can have the same effect on people, which is why a warm cup of catnip tea helps people sleep).
Sometimes we sprinkle a little catnip over a new scratching post to get our cats interested. They carefully lick the catnip from the post, slowly stretch, then walk over to our couch to sharpen their claws on the armrest.
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