Spring, 2012, Bryan and I went to Las Vegas. We were browsing one of the hundreds of souvenir shops lining the strip. They had these battery-powered toy cats and dogs that were chirping and barking and stumbling around a bin at the front. 12 bucks each.
“Should I get one for the cats?” I asked Bryan.
“Sure,” he said noncommittally, not looking up from the t-shirts. I was the cat guy. He was the guy who put up with the cat guy.
“Nah, they’ll just ignore it,” I decided.
Bryan was at the checkout buying two shirts when he called over: “We can get a third item for 30% off. You want something?”
So I grabbed one of the toy cats and thought, well, at least if they ignore it I won’t have spent too much.
As I often do when I want to film them, I set up cameras in the hallway and record the cats doing their thing and check the footage later to see what transpired. I’d gone to the trouble before of setting up the cameras when I bought them a new toy only to capture a bunch of footage where they sniffed the new stimulus, yawned and wandered off. But not this time.
They were incredibly intrigued with this moving, squawking trinket. Was it an intruder? A brand new kitten? The communication between Shorty and Kodi is fascinating to watch as they try to figure this thing out. Check out their ears!
In the end, leave it to Kodi to grab on to its “leash” and take the kitty for a stroll in one of his most memorable moments. You never know what your cats will respond to but I think it’s good to try new things to stimulate their interest and intellect. Here’s Walking the Kitten: