Friday, June 18, 2010

A Boy and His Carrot

Emory was hanging out in the kitchen when I dropped a carrot on the floor while making a pot of soup. He pounced on it immediately and carried his treasure around the house. The others caught on, and wanted a piece of the action. Carrots make excellent cat toys. Who knew?

35 comments:

  1. Good thing Emory rescued you- you never know how dangerous a feral carrot can be.

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  2. Hehe, so cute! Love how he rolled over with carrot intact in his mouth. :D

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  3. my stella is fond of jalapeno peppers and green beans, which i find in mysterious locations. yesterday i caught her sneaking a snow pea. bad kitty!

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  4. My sister's kitty has a favorite shrivelled up carrot stub that makes an appearance every so often.

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  5. I love how he rolled over with the carrot in his mouth too! Very James Bond.

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  6. OMG, this is too, too precious. Emory's even more interested in that feral carrot (GOOD one BonzoGal!) than he is wrasslin' with his brother.

    My darling Willy Nilly LOVED veggies (asparagus, broccoli, bell peppers) and most of all, cantaloupe. As soon as I sliced one open he'd cry pitifully until I gave him some. Sweet memories.

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  7. Come for the carrot, stay for the pouncing!

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  8. Too cute!!! I grew up with a cat, whose favorite treats in the world were green beans, and corn on the cob!!! It is so funny, how a cat can make a toy out of practically anything, a pipe cleaner, a bottle cap, a toilet paper tube, a twist tie,....Who needs expensive catnip mice???

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  9. My cat is fascinated whenever I peel carrots. Maybe it's the smell...

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  10. Thanks for my a surprise chuckle on a Friday afternoon. I admit to being jealous of soup in June! Soup won't arrive again on my table until some time in late Sept. when the temps cooperate.

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  11. They're round, so they roll great. What more do you need? Not to mention that they probably feel pretty good on those baby toofers when they chew. Seems like we have baby pictures of all my brothers and sisters with a big ol' carrot that Mom gave us too.. good teething sticks.

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  12. My cat doesn't seem to care too much about carrots or most vegetables, but he LOVES green beans. He'll stand by the fridge and whine until someone gives him a bean, play fetch with it for a while and then eat it once he gets bored. I used to buy him such nice toys, but now it's pretty much just green beans, fur mice, and sparkle balls.

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  13. Laurie, how do manage to get anything done all day with all that cuteness and adorableness to watch???

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  14. Emory looks like my boy Jack...who just so happens to be obsessed with black olives.

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  15. Ambrose! That is your brother's toy! Get your own carrot!

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  16. thank god, when they're shoved under furniture, they just wither away, not rot.

    Thanks, Laurie - made my day. :)

    Christine H

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  17. That is adorable! I love how the others try and play with him, but Emory keeps going back to play with the carrot.

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  18. Oh love it! We had a cat that loved olives, too. He also loved pizza and spaghetti. It was highly amusing to see a black and white cat with a spaghetti sauce moustache!

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  19. SylvestermiasmommaJune 18, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Major tackling there. Good for you Emory, you have a new toy that you can also nom on.

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  20. @Susan Petry: My thoughts, exactly! I wish I had some bouncy kittens to watch.

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  21. _Everything_ is a cat toy, with the frequent exception of whatever expensive toy the human bought especially as a cat toy.

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  22. He's a funny little dude. I dropped a piece of spinach last week and our grand-kitty Rae-Rae played with it for an hour. She is 8 months old. Gotta love em!

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  23. Hmm, this may explain one of my cat's penchant for licking and rubbing himself into my plastic bag of carrots every time I bring them home from the grocery store.

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  24. Its hilarious how cats will choose the oddest things for their favorite toys. I buy my girl all the fancy play things and she prefers a twist tie accidentally dropped on the floor.

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  25. Very nice!

    My guess is that having smooth wooden floors amplifies the fun when batting carrots around. I have mid-80's W2W carpet and things just don't roll around as pleasingly for my cats. I'd rather have hardwood floors.

    Having a carrot with a wispy wiggly end (the root?) is also a plus.

    Finally, it's always nice to see the IBKs perfecting the mutual 'grab and kick your friend in the head' style of combat.

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  26. I think we may have the makings of a little soccer star here. Heck, he already has the right uniform!

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  27. I believe the saying goes, "Anything on the floor is a cat toy. Anything not on the floor soon will be." This seems to apply quite well to this group of babies.

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  28. The video is just adorable. In fact I'm gonna watch it all over again.

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  29. Next stop: unner da couch! paulajeanne and molly

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  30. Too cute. I love when Ambrose (?) pounces on him and he rolls over with the carrot in his mouth. :D

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  31. I can't tell them apart--all black pajamas and white feet.

    I'm going to see if my cats (ages 2, 8, 13) are interested in a carrot.

    Andrea in Calif

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  32. That was wonderful! I had no idea cats would play with carrots. Our little dog likes to eat them...I've never offered my daughter's cat one before. I'll have to offer her one tomorrow with dinner.

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  33. So what has Charleen and the AE's done for Fathers Day kept Craig warm and snuggly while He watches the World Cup?

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  34. So adorable - though I'm not surprised - one of my cats adores the colour orange. Given the choice between two otherwise identical objects, she will go for the orange one.

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