Saturday, October 12, 2013

A date with my Hero

Hero LOVES getting inside a brown paper bag. (Always cut the straps so your cat never gets caught up as this will lead to a mega freak out).
It sounds frivolous and even a little awkward but SAT's "date with your dog" column is a not-so-thinly veiled attempt to remind readers of the simple joys of spending time with the non-human companions that wait so patiently while we go about our ever-busy lives.

I realise I may be preaching to the converted, but even I need a bit of a reminder sometimes to put down the laptop and give my undivided attention to the furry family.

And I did promise it wasn't all dogs. This week I wanted to highlight what I believe are the favourite activites I share with my cat Hero. I met him as a patient - at eight weeks old he required a forelimb amputation. We developed a bond and I adopted him from his rescuers - the Cat Protection Society of NSW.

Hero likes to lounge around on his Kong Naturals Incline Cat Scratcher  - and better still like's to borrow someone else's and make a bed out of it.
Hero is up for a lie down anytime of the day or night. He's exceptionally adept at sleeping in any position.
Glamping. Sounds a little convoluted, I know, but if you have an active cat pitch a tent in jump in. That's Hero launching himself at the wall and biting my arm. Definitely an activity he enjoyed more than I did.
Possessing only 75% of his limbs has hardly been a hindrance and Hero still expects full-on playtime. These are the activities I think HE enjoys most...
Number 1 by a mile: sitting on the kitchen bench (no matter how many times I gently pick him up and put him down on the floor) and pretending not to watch me prepare food.

Almost forgot: Stashing toys and bits of paper. My role in this is to throw toys and bits of paper down the hallway. Hero does the rest.
There are plenty of things you can do at home, without investing in expensive toys (or overpaid butlers) to entertain your cat. Check out this post on enrichment for the apartment-dwelling cat.