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Cathletics For Kitty

Cathletics
Ways to Amuse and Exercise Your Cat
Loeb and Loeb
1981

Like many librarians, I have a couple of cats. (They match my cardigan and sensible shoes.) Like most cats, they are “overscheduled” with constant cat chores: napping, moving things on my desk, napping, eating, and more napping. The day never ends. I know that my cats are probably not getting enough quality exercise with their busy schedules. Hence, more organized cat exercise!

This book is less about “facts” or information and more or less a reflection of the authors’ experience with their own cats. I have been around cats my entire life and I can say that they will play games if they are in the mood, otherwise you are just pissing them off.  A book about playing with cats is hardly necessary. If they want to play, they will make you play and if they want to nap they will nap. The human role in a cat’s life is to open cans of food. A book is not even in the equation.

Mary

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8 Responses to Cathletics For Kitty

  • You’re right, when a cat wants to exercise it will. By running up and down the hall, climbing the drapes, chasing the dog… There is a new treat out called Tumblers. It’s a “toss and roll treat.” My cats just stare at me and wonder why I’m throwing treats all over the kitchen floor, then slowly saunter over to eat them. What gets one of them is the circular ring off milk cartons. He could play with those for hours, and sometimes does! He shoves them under the throw rug, hunts for them again, hides behind the chair leg to jump out at them.

    • Sounds like a human baby/toddler in his interest in random things.

    • Our cat loves those things, too. Also the plastic strip that closes a frozen orange juice cylinder. I think the springiness of the plastic appeals to him. But what he really loves is chewing on strings — shoelaces, pajama ties, loose threads on the comforter… Not much exercise in that, though.

  • If I want my cats to get some exercise all I need to do is taker out “Mr. Red Dot”.

  • I wonder if the authors have ever even met a cat.

  • Looks like the cat on the cover is saying “You want me to do *what*? Good luck.”

  • Toe tag? Could turn lethal fast! One of our cats would play a sustained game of hide and seek with me. Pretty fun, startling each other at the corners.

  • The cover kitteh has assumed the “shelf reading” position!