Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Help!! I'm Being Stalked By My Cat!! #sponsored

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Help!! I'm Being Stalked!!


Imagine if you will, you have just finished enjoying a delicious dinner with your husband. Your cat and dog have been fed their favorite food, they have had their after-dinner "treat" and now you are ready to relax.  Try as you might, you can't. There is a nagging, gnawing feeling that you are being watched.

You shrug it off, labeling it as unnecessary paranoia. You make your way into the bathroom to leave a deposit in your human litter box before resuming your evening activities. You sense that you aren't alone. You imagine that you hear the nearly silent sound of cat paws making their way across the cold, stark, bathroom floor tiles.

You CANNOT shake the feeling that you are being watched.

You are..............



Help!! I'm Being Stalked By My Cat!!


Allow me to explain. It all started innocently enough. After Cody had become ill after his vaccines a few months back, he seems to have taken a drink from the Fountain of Youth!  My I-won't-budge-unless-there-is-food-involved cat  has evolved into a mean,  NOT-SO-LEAN,  gray-striped playing machine! He strikes after dinner each and every night and he CANNOT get enough. His toy of choice is his Neko Fly, his playmate of choice? ME!



Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Cody with all of my heart and cherish my time with him. I am WELL aware of the fact that being a responsible pet parent involves more than just feeding healthy and tasty food, regular veterinary check ups and providing a safe and loving environment. I KNOW that being the best pet parent that I can be involves active, one-on-one play time with my cat. I know all of this and it is all true. Playtime is a MUST

I take my responsibilities as a pet parent seriously, and helping to ensure that my cat is a HAPPY CAT who KNOWS that he is loved, is serious business to me. But...even I deserve a break!

We all know that cats have an innate sense of time that makes them furry, four-legged alarm clocks that know the PRECISE time that events that are important to them, (such as eating!) are supposed to take place. Cody is no different. He  is keenly aware of my routine, and if I do NOT make an appearance in the bedroom (his preferred area of play), when he  KNOWS I am supposed to required to appear, he will stoically maintain his vigil. He will sit, in the dark, ALONE...lurking...waiting...watching. His opaque-green eyes wide with anticipation. If I am in the bathroom that is attached to the bedroom, he will stalk me there. I am not permitted out of his range of vision UNTIL I PLAY.



Cody has a definite ritual involved in his play. He knows where "toy" (his name for his Neko  Fly toy), is kept. He will stand on his hind legs by the dresser drawer and meow for his furry pal to make an appearance. He will "warm-up" and get limber by doing a cobra stretch,  rolling and languishing on the carpet. Then, the fun begins! I sing a couple of songs while he plays, (which I spared your having to hear on the video below)

 Be sure to watch his moves ALL the way through, especially the last few frames!





There you have it! An inside peek into what has become an early evening ritual for me (whether I want it to be or not!), and a new found obsession/passion for Cody.

If that is all that it takes to help keep Cody happy and healthy, then I am one lucky pet parent. The sense of fulfillment and peace that he brings to me and the hours of love and laughs are worth sacrificing fifteen or twenty minutes an evening, don't you agree?

Help!! I'm Being Stalked By My Cat!!

and I wouldn't have it any other way!


What are the daily rituals that you share with YOUR cat(s)? Are they rituals that are your choice or based on your cat insisting that things be a certain way?  















78 comments:

  1. Looks like Cody are havin a lotta fun!

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  2. OMC ! Cody you make me laugh, your video is better than Ciecus De Soleil !...Ha...Ha...Ha
    My mom have to play with me too , everyday 20 - 30 min. to keep me healthy even I 'm indoor / outdoor cat because now I'm 6 I heading to be senior cat next year. It means our metabolism will slow down & start to have less ability to digest protein and fat. Me do play with mom right after my dinner but not everyday mom make it because she was tired after work so I will let her rest and do it about 8 pm. So it's her choice 5.50 or 8 pm. But she have to do it. If she try to get away with it. I will do exactly the same as Cody does plus " Meow " ;)

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    1. Oh Puddy thank you!!!!! I really jumped didn't I? I am seven years old now so I know what you mean! Guess what? My Mom plays with me around 5:50 !!!! MOL!! Now we will think of you every time!!!! xoxo

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  3. Whoa! I loved the moves at the end! I wish I had a Neko Fly - apparently there were a COUPLE, but a certain tortie named Binga apparently ruined them.

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    1. Summer thanks so much for watching all the way to the end! It was hard filming and playing! I kept shaking the video! I gotta say I lucked out with how the music matched Cody's moves. Thanks so much! You need to get another Neko, they are a blast!

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  4. Wow sweet Cody you are full of energy and what amazing moves you have!! That looks like a very cool and fun toy. We really enjoyed the video. It is great to see you playing like a kitten and having so much fun. The only rituals Pooh has is getting a morning treat, she will not leave me alone until she gets it. And when she wants to be brushed or her back and ears scratched she follow me and meows until it happens. Play on sweet Cody! Hugs and nose kisses

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    1. Hi Pooh!! Thank you!!!!! Mom says I play like a kitten too! I even do somersaults like when I was a kitten! Mom tried to get it on film but couldn't. Please give that precious Pooh kisses from Mom and I and tell her to keep on doin' what she is doin!! xoxoxo Love, Cody

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    2. Yep, you can get to Pooh's blog since you were already subscribed to Maggie's Kitty Corner. It will just be Pooh's blog now since she is the only cat. Hoping to keep busy with it and the other blogs to help with missing Patches so much. Thank you for stopping by. We love you all! Hugs and nose kisses

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    3. Wow! Pooh works fast! Pooh sure relayed my message promptly! YAY! I am sooo happy! I think Pooh's blog is beautiful!!!! We miss Patches too :( we loved her so.........but Pooh is adorable and we are happy to do anything to help ease the pain!!! We LOVE ALL OF YOU TOO and ALWAYS will! xoxoxo

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  5. LOL! This made my day :)

    My rituals are:

    Nubia: Will jump on the table begging for food.... It's like No... and she will try to steal the bread LOL.

    Oliver: He will come to bed only to wake me up until I gave him at least 10 head rubs and he will when curl up and purr and fall asleep on me. You'd think he could just come to bed with me right away? No that's not how it works... I must have fallen asleep first ;)

    Marc

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    1. Marc, YOU just made MY day! THANK YOU!!!
      I LOVE Nubia and Oliver's rituals, they are sooo smart!!
      Thanks for sharing!

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  6. A good reminder to start playing with our cats. Although I have to admit I liked it to be stalked by a feline :-)

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  7. Happy days Cody what fun. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  8. That looks like a blast, Cody! We need to get the head peep to bring the neko fly out of the closet more often.

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    1. It is by far my fave toy!! Mom and I apologize that we haven't visited lately. Your blog posts go to our secondary email account and Mom hasn't had time to check it this week. We WILL get there! Love you!

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  9. Hi Cody,pawsome action movie!keep at it my friend,xx Speedy

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    1. Hi Speedy!! I'm almost as "Speedy" as YOU!!! xoxo

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  10. With thirteen cats it's important for each of them to have special individual time through the day,but we also have a thirty minute scheduled playtime each evening for them all together.
    Jane x
    PS Cody, you made me dizzy with all those moves!

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    1. OH MY GOODNESS! 13 Cats!!! That would sure give my Mom some work to do!!! Hehehe! Have her come over and play! You are WONDERFUL that you have 30 minutes scheduled to play with them....hmmm...I need to have Mom extend my playtime for sure! MOL about my moves, they sure made ME dizzy too! Love, Cody

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  11. We're showing this to the mom. She doesn't play with us nearly enough. Maybe we need to start stalking her.

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  12. Cody, you have one terrific Mom to play with you like that. Those are sure some mighty good moves on your part. Great jumps. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

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    1. Awww thanks Miss Marg! She can be awfully lazy though! I am so happy you loved my jumps! Happy Wednesday to you too!! Love, Cody

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  13. Chucky loves his Neko Fly...we call it Mousey. I flip it under the curtain, and he attacks it while in hiding. This continues until he stops and jumps on the hubby's chair; that means the play session has ended.

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  14. Love the video and so glad that Cody is feeling like playing and stalking you again. A good reminder that I need to spend more play time with Traveler.

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    1. Thanks so much!! I don't know what has gotten into him. For practically ALL of his seven years he has been beyond lazy. This is no commercial, but I am seriously thinking it is because he has been off of his "rabbit" flavored food since early 2014.......(won't mention the brand) :)

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  15. MOL The video, the action and the music are great..especially on the end. You're a dancer too, Cody :D Pawkisses for a Happy Wednesday :)

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    1. MOL!! Thank you!! Mom loves the end too!!! Yeah,....I dance pretty well for a portly kinda guy! Pawkisses back and happy wednesday to you too! Love, Cody

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  16. so....is this a real call for help? hahaha!
    Cody! Look at you go!!!!!
    My kitties are down for playtime whenever I pull out the toys really. Except for Kiki.....she is Queen, and everything is definitely on her time!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    1. Jenna depends on the day LOL!!! When I have work to do it drives me crazy (and makes me feel guilty) if I don't go in there. Cody will literally sit for HOURS waiting........it's pitiful lol. Cody is like your Kiki for sure! xoxo

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  17. That is such a sweet story, Caren! What special memories you are making together. Truffles' favorite time to play is right after her breakfast before I leave for work. I'm totally jealous of her that she has so much energy in the morning (of course she knows she'll be back to bed in an hour), but our special time together in the morning makes me happy all day when I think about it :)

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    1. Thanks so much Melissa!!!! I had a blast writing it! Awwww I LOVE that you and Truffles share special morning time! Cody's morning time is spent harassing Dakota! That's his "morning" playmate! xoxo

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  18. We enjoyed the video and loved seeing Cody playing. Mum leaves us some toys down for us through the day so we can "go mad" if we want to.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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    1. Thanks so much!!! It was fun playing with Mom! That is great that your Mom leaves toys out for you, mine does too! Mom read on Jackson Galaxy's site though that it is impawtant for the pawrents to engage in play with us too, makes us better adjusted, (OR SO THEY SAY!!), Mom says that is open to debate. MOL! Love, Cody xoxoxo PS: Leaving toys out is a good thing though too! xoxo

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  19. That is some fun playtime! We have playtime every evening at 9:00PM, and if it doesn't start on time our Dad hears about it!

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  20. holy moly, cody--you sure got some air on that last grab fer yer toy!! we likes to play dangly-toy, too, an' pretty much stalk our 'rents in the same way! as a special treat, sometimes daddy rolls his stinky socks into a ball while he's watchin' tv after dinner an' he tosses 'em down the hall where we congregate to play hockey wif 'em! ok, we're weird, but stink entrances us!

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    1. MOL MOL MOL!!!! Love that you LOVE to play with stinky socks! I love when Mom puts this mousey in her shoe!!! Love, Cody

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  21. Cody, your Mama is very caring and attentive! You are lucky that she plays with you regularly. Want to trade Moms? Ours doesn't break as easily as yours and there are FOUR of us stalking her in an attempt to do our daily bidding !! :p

    the critters in the cottage xo



    P.S. Right now Malou is the "head stalker". She wants attention all day long since LP has returned from California. We are talking about every second of the day attention or lots of loud scoldings from Malou!! :p

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    1. Trust me, she WOULDN'T be if I didn't stalk her and INSIST that she play with me!! She is a lazy, procrastinating lump who is GLUED to her computer.........geeze, she is so lazy she is unreal! Malou, you keep up those scoldings, good job! xoxoxo Love, Cody

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  22. Oh YES! Creatures of habit? Definitely.........if something doesn't happen when WE think it should then we let you know about it pronto! I'm great at screaming "MAMAMAMAMAMA" until I get Mom's attention if she's 60 seconds late with a meal or meeting me at the front door for "out" time......one rule around here that must NOT be ignored is "I get what I want when I want it!!"

    Hugs, Sammy

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    1. You got it Sammy! Keep up the GREAT WORK!!!! I scream Mamamama too!!!!! Love, Cody

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  23. Hi! Remember us? No? Hee, hee. We have a few not-so-lean kitties here too, so we can relate. We've missed you!

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  24. Yes, playtime is a MUST - especially for those of us with, uh, slightly hefty feline companions. Looks like fun to me!

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  25. Wow, Cody, that was so inspiring! My mum wants me to get fit and thinks I've gotten lazy but now I've seen you in action I'm going to make sure I beg for more playtime!

    Purrs xx
    Athena

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    1. Hi Athena! Wish you lived by me so we could play! The vet says I have a "little junk around the trunk" too MOL, (even if your Mom and my Mom KNOW that we don't, MOL....), so it is impawtant for me to jump around a bit each and every day! Now if I could only get MOM to start jumping around to get rid of HER "junk!!" Love, Cody

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  26. Great video! We loved seeing you play, Cody! :-D We're good at stalking the humans too... ;-) MOL :lol: xx Roxy & Tigerlino <3

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    1. thank you so much!!!! YAY! Stalking is GOOD!!

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  27. Come on mom, you must know that cats are excellent stalkers! maybe Cody is being playful to get his youthful figure back? My furbabies always had to know what I was doing in the human litter box, and if I closed the door I would see paws under the door trying hard to open it & holws or woofs to open NOW!
    Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails

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  28. Cody's got some moves!!! Sampson likes to jump after his wand toys like that too :) Glad Cody is doing so well!!!

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  29. LVOE the video. PAWsome Cody. We love watching our friends CAT play ... so entertaining. Golden Woofs

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  30. Cody you are full of energy …. It was a great fun to watch you playing with your Neko fly. I almost killed one of mine yesterday evening …
    You know, it’s impossible to buy one when you live in France. Mine are gifts from my auntie who lives in San Francisco.

    Ritual .. let see ... Every morning …. I like to wake up my human. I lay down on her, very close to her head. I want kisses, lots of kisses on my head. And I give some to her ! After 5 minutes … I go back to sleep on her.

    Ronrons
    Hisia

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    1. Oh Hisia! That is so nice of your Aunt to buy that for you! Aren't they the best? I am sorry I haven't been visiting this week, your blog (and many others) go Mom's secondary email account and she hasn't had a chance to get there! She hopes to get there soon! We haven't forgotten you! I love that you want kisses on your head! That is sooo cute! xoxo

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  31. Aaaaaaaw Cody looks so cute playin'. Weez not be fans of those toys, and mommy dusn't like 'em much eevew. and it's cuz me goes fur da stwing to twy to chew it off so it dusn't work anymowe. MOL

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  32. Faraday: oooh yes. PLAYtime. What's that, again? Pleez remind us. Our mommy's been working such long, late hours, she CLAIMS to be too "tired" to play with us each night. Cody, dood, what's a kitty to DO??? WAIT. STALKING That's the ticket!!

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  33. Arghhh! My comment was eaten by "conflicting edits".
    You have loads of energy Cody and really love your Neko Fly. I liked it where you kept going round and round. That was a big jump at the end. Hope my comment doesn't get eaten this time.

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    1. Hi Flynn! Thanks for re-commenting! It's here!!!!! Mom likes it when I go round and round too! I also do somersaults but Mom didn't get those on camera MOL!!! Love, Cody

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  34. TW wishes I’d do that. I don’t do much jumping and I want to play after 11 pm. She’s trying to get to bed a little early lately but I won’t let her. I want to play!

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  35. Great video of Cody, those somersaults are impressive! Love the sound-track too....

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    1. Thank you!! I didn't do somersaults in this one!! MOL!! I do them for Mom but didn't do them for this :) Mom loved the soundtrack too, it was a total fluke!!! Love, Cody

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  36. That's a great toy Cody. Loved seeing you in your video. So cute. Tubby's favorite. I had to smile cause Garfield is like that in the morning. He has his own playtime with my son in his room. And he knows where his toy is and will sit and wait but; meow loudly. LOL. The other's will play with me. Garfield will too but; he hates to be run over by the others. Get's upset.
    Sue B

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    1. Thanks so much my furiend!!! That is sooo cute about Garfield (and I LOVE his name!) I often meow too when I want to play, Garfield and I should get together! Love, Cody

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  37. What a great video!

    Spike William loves to play every day with feather wand toys, tinsel wand toys and a little fuzzy ball that he loves to be tossed down the hallway and he fetches it back! Unfortunately he doesn't just meow to play - he comes over to the Mom and gives the bitey and we are trying to change that!

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    1. Thanks so much my new furiends!!!! MOL about Spike William giving the bitey....I may have to try that! Love, Cody

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  38. Awesome job, Cody! You have your mom totally trained!

    We love your moves on that video ... so impressive.

    Hugs!

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    1. thank you my furiend!!! Do you know what? I have been stalking my Mom ALL NIGHT tonight! She already played with me but every time she gets up I am following her. I am driving her crazy! Love, Cody

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  39. Yup...Minko will come and paw us, or sit on the dryer and stare and stare and stare until we feel there are holes being bored in our bodies, MOL!
    He 'sharpens his claws' on meowmies sandals for attention too...or follows us into the room where he *knows* the nip is stashed. He might even try to fetch it fur us.

    Pipo runs in front of us to *guide* us where he wants us to go to get belly rubs, or noms or playtime. He is good at pawing us incessantly until he gets a proper response! like right now...along with mrouws...

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  40. Cody, buddy, you have your Mom wrapped around your paw, that's a kitty's prerogative for sure...we love that you get your play time daily and think your Mom is awesome for playing with you daily! (PS: We have a margarita here with her name on it!) Have a good week!

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  41. How can any cat resist that. Looks like you opened a can of worms there. ;)

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  42. Cody, you're a mighty hunter and a great jumper ! You trained your mom very well ! Mum has to play with Pixie every time she comes back from work, and I must have my bedtime treats every evening ! Purrs, Zorro

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    1. thank you so much my furiend!!! Guess what? We didn't play today!! Mom is in BIG trouble! I see you have your Mum well trained too! Great job! Love, Cody

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  43. Cody is a fantastic hunter! I need to go order one of those for Marty! Off to Amazon right now!

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    1. thank you!!! OMC you made me laugh!! Can't wait to see YOUR video!! Marty will LOVE IT!!

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  44. That is so awesome! I have trouble getting Samantha to play, so I'd love it if she was seeking me out to play with. I've tried so many different toys with her, and have pretty much given up, but maybe I should try just this one more?

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    1. thanks much! Yes! By all means try again! Check out the Neko Flies toys for her!

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  45. Sure looks like you are having FUN , Cody :)
    I LOVE my Neko mousie too !

    XOXO

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  46. I used to wake up early for work, and then gave the kitties their breakfast. But they came in the bedroom always a few hours earlier. So I usually feed them feed them between 4 and 5. :)

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  47. WOW, Cody! You sure have a spring in your step! A really BIG spring!
    ...loved the video!
    : )

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