I am now taking a nap in my chair on the porch. The sun has almost reached the optimal level to warm the cushion, and I can’t wait to take a nap, as I just finished a play session with my favorite toy, the feather wand. But before I allow myself to dream about shrimp, I want to share with you my thoughts on chopsticks.

You may think that cat chopsticks are all the same… A stick with a toy on a string. But no, in the eyes of a cat, the end of each stick is a unique prey to hunt.

And thanks to prey preference, which is a fancy term for what a cat prefers to hunt, cats will never agree on the best stick. Everyone will have a different favorite. For example, in the past, I’ve talked about my enemy bird taunting me, so my favorite prey is a feather toy at the end of a stick. I have one of those feathered sticks and it’s a lot of fun. Until my mother wrapped me in feathers and said, “Forrest, how adorable you look in your feather boa!

But my favorite toothpick is the one with a simple tuft of feathers at the end of the string. It looks like a bird’s tail and it turns me on. The thrush comes to mind and I can’t stop myself from plucking its feathers.

Even though I love those feathers, I get bored when Mommy pulls out the same wand every day. To lighten things up, she has something for me. There’s one with felt threads that makes me feel like a fly is sitting between my legs. Another one has ribbons that wiggle and move. Our last stick has a thread full of crunchy balls and I love it, it’s so shiny and crunchy!

Don’t be discouraged if your cat doesn’t like the stick. Think about the type of toys your cat is interested in and look for a stick of similar material if you find that the stick you have is not worth it. If your cat is a hunter who likes to bring you hunting treats, think about the type of prey it shoots. His litter can help you determine his prey preference when choosing a stick.

It may also be helpful to remember that cats tend to observe for a minute before taking action. It takes some time to get used to new things. So let me introduce you to a new toy. Just because we don’t jump doesn’t mean we don’t watch.

Tips for teasing with a cat toy.
Think about how small animals move.

Rodents zigzag in small steps towards their destination, often stopping along the way. During these observation stops, rats and mice are often very excited as they sniff the air around them. During my stay at the shelter, a volunteer was able to move a fly on a stick to make it look like a real animal.

As for the birds, they fly wild but generally cross the air without any problem. And it’s beautiful to watch, but think of their small movements. When a cat chases a bird, the winged pieces usually move by jumping in the grass or even flapping their wings from branch to branch in the trees.

Think of lizards. Stopping and picking up these flashy green treasures can drive a cat crazy. And they can get their paws out very quickly. They were gone before we could catch them playing Scrabble. I run kittens that can catch lizards every time, they are serious paws.

With these thoughts in mind, try to imitate the small movements of small prey to maximize your cat’s interest. These small movements often pique your cat’s curiosity more than wild and noisy jumps and bows. Unless you’re talking about kittens and young cats who like to have fun.

But I am an older man and I appreciate the subtleties of hunting. Most older cats prefer small sticks. We are usually a little more reserved, but we still like to play nicely.

But no matter how old your kitten is, after a chopstick session, she will need a snack.

So don’t forget to feed your cat.

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