Friday, January 16, 2015

Kola Has a Ball

In case any prospective adopters are reading this, I’d like to point out something about one of my foster-cats, Kola. He enjoys playing.

He doesn’t do it all the time. He’s eleven years old and, though that means a certain stateliness begins to be seen in cats, there is plenty of activity left in the Floof King yet. He enjoys the string toy most of all. He will wrestle and roll about with it, trying to bite it. He knows he has no claws in his forepaws, so he uses his feet to pull the toy to his mouth, where he can teach it a lesson.

That is his favourite activity but recently, I’ve seen another. He is braving the sitting room more, even in the presence of Tucker, and likes a romp with some of the fuzzy mice there. There are several of these in the parlour, too; I can tell he picks on them because they keep disappearing. I find them when I clean the room and move the furniture.

But now Kola has found the fun of a ball. The simple globe, whether a rubbery yellow one or a smaller fuzzy one (with most of the fuzz chewed off), gives him some novel delight. Why a cat will roll a ball into a tight corner where a human must be called upon to rescue it, I don’t know. It’s probably instinctive, like throwing up on upholstered surfaces. Kola doesn’t chase the ball, as Cammie or Tucker will, but will fight with it when on his own, or wait for it to be propelled gently into his long fur, if a human is handy to help in this.

The floofy one is an excellent example of how a cat whom veterinarians call ‘senior’ can be just as active as a youngster. It’s true that he isn’t tearing up the floorboards with his speed all the time. But there is a vitality about him that has nothing to do with seniority. Kola often thinks like a youngster. I hope to take some pictures of him waiting impatiently to box with me, or excitedly hiding behind the nylon tunnel daring Josie to come and get him. For now, take my word - and these photographs - for it: this is one senior who is not ready for retirement.


  1. I love that second photo, he's such a handsome cat. All that floof! I can't understand why someone has fallen in love with him yet, he's just too adorable!

  2. Oh Kola, you our kinda boy! And hansum too. xox

  3. Kola is such a handsome cat! I hope he finds his forever soon. My oldest cat, Sasha is nearly 15 and he stills plays like a kitten at times (rare, but every so often). It's fun to see the older cats revert to their childhood. Enjoy!

  4. Flynn will be 15 in April and until he became so ill he loved to play like a kitten charging around the rooms, getting nipped up and playing catch with his little soft rubber ball. He must be starting to feel better because he is enjoying playing again, not with the gusto of before, but it is a start.
    Kola looks adorable playing with his yellow ball.

    1. It's always wonderful to see them acting like their old selves after an illness, even if they aren't back to full capacity. May that happen for Flynn soon.

  5. Any one who adopts Kola will enjoy much kitty love. He still shows his inner kitten. From Eileen and Jessica

  6. I just adore Kola and these pictures are so adorable! I just love reading about him :)

  7. Kola is such a gorgeous cat. it shows you it's never too late to learn to play!!!

  8. Senior kitties are the very best! Maniac kitty hood ,teenage crazies have passed , independent adult attitude is mellowing into warm and loving companionship.
    Seniors are not the best choice for rambunctious children but they are the perfect companions for working folks who don't want to come home to find kitty bouncing off the walls. I guess the elephant in the room is the longevity issue. My thought is better a few less years with an excellent companion then more years with one less compatible. Rather like human relationships, perhaps.

  9. Our Buddy Budd who just turned 14 is an elder who also has lots of vim and vigorous play in him. He may like to sleep the odd 20 hours but oh is his charging about in the other 4. Ho-ray for elders. Cats and people