Don't Forget the Sound Effects

An excerpt from Cat vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat

Very often, the sound of a mouse scurrying through the grass or a chipmunk hiding in the leaves will be what first alerts the cat. Don't worry, I'm not going to tell you that you have to squeak like a mouse or chirp like a bird -- although if that helps you get to "think like prey," then go for it! I'm actually referring to the enticing sounds a toy makes on different surfaces. Take the toy and have it make a "scratch, scratch, scratch" sound by rubbing it against the side of a box or bag. If you use the Dragonfly or Cat Dancer, have the "prey" dart inside a paper bag that's on its side and then tap or rub the toy against the sides. It probably won't take long before your cat dives headfirst into the bag. Even the sound of the toy skittering across a floor can spark a cat's interest.

Next step:

The successful pounce and capture

Reprinted from Cat vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat by Pam Johnson-Bennett © 2004. Permission granted by Penguin Putnam.

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