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Four years ago on the 4th of July, we were sitting around the fire pit in my parents’ backyard (just down the street), when we saw a tiny little kitten wander over through the neighbor’s hedgerow. We were immediately taken with him. We brought him into the house and called all the neighbors to see if he belonged to anyone. Several neighbors mentioned having seen him in the neighborhood, but nobody claimed him.
At the time, we had our Pug Lizzie. Brian insisted that we were NOT getting a cat – he was quite adamant. Eventually, though, we got him to fold enough to say that we could keep the cat if Ashley (our oldest daughter) was responsible for him (including paying for all food, litter, and vet bills). She agreed because, by that time, Emmitt had entered more than just our home, he had entered our hearts.
Pets can sense things, and we are sure that Emmitt could sense Lizzie’s special needs. He would lay with her all the time, and often we’d find him holding her face between his paws and licking her.
When Lizzie started having really bad seizures and there was nothing more that we could do to help her, we had to have her put to sleep. Emmitt was a lost cat for a long time. He’s still not sure what to make our Gabe (and he’s been here for 2 years!)
I think that, because Emmitt spent his kittenhood taking care of Lizzie, he never really took the time to play much. But, when he found a piece of string laying around the house, he’d have a high old time batting it around. His laziness has made him overweight. It’s important for pets (and their people) to play.
A few weeks ago, I went to PetSmart with the intention of finding a toy for Emmitt. When I heard about the Purina® Friskies® Pull N Play toy with edible string, I had a feeling this toy might be just what Emmitt needed.
I was surprised when I saw that this toy was only $4.99! The Friskies Pull N Play comes with a wobbly toy called “Wobbert” as well as a pack of edible string treats and a pack of Friskies Party Mix treats. The head of the Wobbler is removable so that you can fill the base with the treats and then load a piece of string through the holes in the ears. The cat can then play with and eat the string and bat the Wobbler around so the snacks will fall out.
It took Emmitt all of about 3 seconds to realize how interactive this toy can be! He gobbled the first rope down in no time flat. (In fact, my girls thought for sure that the dog must have eaten it!) Once the rope was gone, Emmitt figured out how to bat the treats out as well. Now, a few weeks later, I just fill the Wobbert, give it a little shake, and Emmitt will come running from wherever he is in the house. It’s been a perfect opportunity for him to get some exercise while having fun! Can you imagine a human exercise routine that also involved treats? Me neither, but I’d probably like exercise a lot more if someone invented one!
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