After visiting the big cats on Sunday and hearing the games the caretakers play with the tigers and lioness, it got me thinking. I don't play games with Woods very much. I don't play with him much at all, which is sad, because
a) he is an only cat, so one of his main sources of stimulation and play must come either from J or me
b) he is an inside cat, see a)
c) he is a young cat, so he still has lots of energy
d) J and I are gone for large chunks of the day, see a)
Therefore, I resolve to play with Woods at least fifteen minutes every day. I also resolve to brush him every day to cut down on the fur around here and to make him more comfortable generally.
Because I don't like cat bites, I resolve never to do this two things back to back lest it cause confusion for Woods and he think it is perfectly acceptable to nibble on my arm. Note: he doesn't do this when we play, but if he is all riled up, he just might start...
So far, I have played with him for fifteen to twenty minutes every day this week. It seems to be helping. He actually has taken to following me around in the mornings while I get dressed, have breakfast and pack our lunches. Once I've done all that, then we can play.
|Woods as a baby playing with his favorite Santa toy|