We know how lazy kitties can be, when they want. However, we also know how rambunctious they can be, when they set their minds to it. Like many feline fanciers, we know that they tend to exert that rambunctiousness on the hooman pets! And, usually, they start (and end) with our ankles!
True story (and partial update on a story I told about my cats’ reactions to getting a new hairstyle): My darling felines have never been much for ankle biting. At least, not since they were shorter than my ankles, and had no other way of getting my attention when I was busy in the kitchen or something. However, one of the reverted back to biting my ankles after I got my hair done. He does in one spot only: near a stub-legged table in the kitchen, it so that I will crouch down to stop him. Once I’m near the ground, he will immediately jump onto the table, grab a pawful of my hair, and commence chewing on it. Vigorously. He continues doing this until I pick him up so he can see the top of my head, at which point he starts meowing inquisitively, and patting my head. I’m still learning what exactly he’s trying to learn, but I’ll get back to you if I figure it out!
Haven (a.k.a. Mother of the four not-so-young-anymore kittens) has taken to attacking ankles, to let her hoomans know that she wants to play. Right then. Not in a few minutes, or later in the day. Right. Then. If no one stops to play with her, she will follow, jump onto a higher surface, and grab onto the back of someone’s shirt, until she gets her way. Considering she’s almost five years old, this is one of the cutest things I’ve seen any of them do!
The point is that there is never a “for no reason” scenario in which your cat will grab and bite your ankles. Your job, as the hooman beast, is to figure out why YOUR feline is ankle bitey, and find a solution that satisfies both you and your kitty. If your cat has a bad case of “Restless Brat...er, Cat, Syndrome,” we have a few ideas to help ease the underlying boredom (and help them spend that extra energy)!
Interactive Electric Rotating Butterfly Training Cat Toy. This is one of the best toys ever invented in the history of cat toys. Seriously! I say that because I got one, as soon as I heard about them. And wow! When the toy first arrived, the only time I saw my cats was if food or water bowls were empty, or if I tripped over one who crashed in the middle of the floor after hours of play with this toy! All five of my furry babies LOVE it, despite their unique personalities and differences in favorite games and activities! I don’t get to bring it out as much for playtime because of temporarily limited space, but they beg for a few minutes to play with it every single day! They have the butterfly toy attachment, but I plan to test the bird very soon! It’s durable, quiet and, best of all, battery powered! That means that, if I forget about it and leave it on, it doesn’t drain the energy bill (and my bank account)! I also give myself hours of entertainment playing with it WITH them; holding it off the ground and letting them stand on their back legs to reach the butterfly, etc. It’s truly the most awesome cat toy I’ve even seen!
Adjustable Quick Release Cat Harness and Leash. Believe it or not, your cat may actually be attacking you to let you know that he or she doesn’t feel exercised enough. Whether you’re a regular cat-walker or new to the world of cat leashes and harnesses, this is an awesome product to try. This harness supports the weight of any feline evenly, preventing excessive front- or back-end pressure and resulting injuries or discomfort to your cat. It also has a break-away clasp, for safety. So, if he or she gets tangled during a walk, or if your cat likes to be tethered outside under a nice shade tree for a while, and he or she happens to get wrapped uncomfortably around that tree, the clasp will release before your cat suffers any serious injury. Plus, for those who are new to the walking game, it comes with its own leash, so you have everything you need to give it a try at one amazingly low price!
Fun, Interactive, and Adjustable Feather Teaser Rod for Cats. This traditional take on cat toys is sooo much fun for everyone! Like the butterfly training toy, cats with all types of personalities enjoy the “hunting” aspect of this toy. They can jump and stalk and slap the feathers attached to the rod, and we, as hooman pets, get to spend lots of time laughing at, and interacting with, our felines, from the operating end of the toy!
Cat Fish Toy. This is the next toy I intend to buy for my furry little ones. It appeals to everything felines instinctively love! Its fishy appearance makes naturally attractive for your feline to approach, and its catnip laced stuffing keeps him or her playing with the toy for hours! The hint of cat mint is also stress-relieving for him or her. This toy is great for alone-time play while you’re away from the house or busy cleaning or cooking, as well as for interactive game of fetch or keep-away!