Category Archives: Toys

05/15/2017 – A Brief Lesson on Life with Olivia

Hey, what's this? - ©

Hey, what’s this? – ©

When I touch it... - ©

When I touch it… – ©

... it slides across the glass - ©

… it slides across the glass – ©

... and it slides some more - ©

… and it slides some more – ©

... and then... oops! - ©

… and then… oops! – ©

Mom: Hey, anyone see the lens cap for the camera? Anyone? Anyone?

Olivia's not saying a word - ©

Olivia’s not saying a word – ©

05/05/2017 – Friday Fun

Just about a month ago, we mentioned Zuzu and her love for the Ring o’ Fun. Well, even patrol sergeants have to go to work every now and then, so while Patrol Sergeant Zuzu was off probably inspecting the inside of her eyelids, Sunny discovered the Ring o’ Fun a.k.a. Turbo Ring.

Sunny and the Turbo Ring -  ©

Sunny and the Turbo Ring – ©

She got the hang of it fast and spent several minutes whacking that ball around and around, faster and faster.

Getting the hang of it - ©

Getting the hang of it – ©

First with one paw going one direction, and then the other paw whapping the ball the other direction.

Whapping that ball - ©

Whapping that ball – ©

Until finally, the ball came to a slow stop.

Watching it go around - ©

Watching it go around – ©

And then she sat there and stared at it some more, you know, just in case it decided to take off on its own or something. Or maybe she was figuring out, in her head, some velocity equation that would explain why the ball seemed to slow down faster when going one direction opposed to the other.

And watching it not go around - ©

And watching it not go around – ©

And after a long while, she finally walked away and took that much needed nap. Hard math will do that to you, or so we hear.

A well deserved nap - ©

A well deserved nap – ©

04/07/2017 – Friday Fun

Back in 2013, when Zuzu was Mama Zuzu to her litter, the Niblets, we bought the kittens a small plastic trackball ring. We had no idea what a hit it would become. Not so much with the kittens, though baby Viola liked it on and off…

Zuzu's Little Ring o' Fun - ©

Zuzu’s Little Ring o’ Fun – ©

… but with Zuzu herself. That little Ring o’ Fun was never far from sight.

Baby Viola with Zuzu's Little Ring o' Fun - ©

Baby Viola with Zuzu’s Little Ring o’ Fun – ©

We thought the little ring was too small for Zuzu and bought her a bigger Ring o’ Fun. She liked it, but baby Russell LOVED it, so much so, when he went to his forever home, we sent the bigger ring along with him. We only regret not having a photo of baby Russell playing with his Ring o’ Fun before he left. Adorbs!

Zuzu's Big Ring o' Fun - ©

Zuzu’s Big Ring o’ Fun – ©

Back in November of last year, we ordered an orange triple tier trackball Ring o’ Fun (our name for it, not the official name of which we may have forgotten) for Zuzu for Christmas and wouldn’t you know, that thing sold out practically before they even manufactured them?

Zuzu didn’t get her triple tier Ring o’ Fun for Christmas but every so often we receive an email telling us that triple tier Ring o’ Fun is still on backorder and wouldn’t we rather want to buy a similar one from someone else for twice or maybe, three times the original offering price?

Now, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who could say, in all honesty, we wouldn’t go the extra mile to buy stuff for our cats but in this case and for that price… uh, no.

Then, Dad found a really cool scratchy Ring o’ Fun when he was perusing Amazon last month and because it was an exceptionally good price, Home Accountant Mom approved the purchase and Zuzu got a new, bigger Ring o’ Fun.

Zuzu's new Ring o' Fun - ©

Zuzu’s new Ring o’ Fun – ©

Zuzu seemed to know right away it was hers. Or maybe she really understands English when Mom said, “Zuzu, this is yours.” It has a cardboard scratchy insert and a white contrasting ball in the bright, deep pink track. And we think she likes everyone to watch her when she plays with it.

Quint gives the Ring o' Fun a whirl - ©

Quint gives the Ring o’ Fun a whirl – ©

And though she’s okay with letting everyone else play with it…

Zuzu's Ring o' Sleepytime - ©

Zuzu’s Ring o’ Sleepytime – ©

… she’s the only one who sleeps on it. Good call, Dad. Zuzu LOVES it!

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Thank you for your comments and suggestions regarding Mom’s kitty photo boards she created last week. She hasn’t made a decision on what to do with them at the moment, other than to just enjoy her creations. Thank you!

And here’s another batch she made:

Tessa's Photo Board - ©

Tessa’s Photo Board – ©

Sunny's Photo Board - ©

Sunny’s Photo Board – ©

Olivia and cherries Photo Board - ©

Olivia and cherries Photo Board – ©

Zuzu's Photo Board - ©

Zuzu’s Photo Board – ©

Viola and her Dad Photo Board - ©

Viola and her Dad Photo Board – ©