It was just last week that I wrote of my foster-cat, Parker, discovering the heated cat-beds. Over the weekend, he explored another new element of the household: the nylon tunnel.
The nylon tunnel has been quite a boon to the entertainment of the cats. They will zoom through it for fun; they will chase each other through it; they will lie in it while I play with them from the outside; they will snooze in it. I have found it useful as a toy, a furnishing and an all-round accessory for the beasts. And now, the orange boy has taken an interest in it.
He started by beating it up. He seemed to think this was a great deal of fun. Then he ran through it at speed and kicked it at the far end. He lie in it, perhaps marvelling at the strange colours resulting from the filtered light. He would fight the nylon tunnel, twisting it this way and that. Was he frustrated or fascinated that it kept reverting to its original shape?
Whatever Parker’s emotions, they were positive. He hasn’t played with the nylon tunnel since the weekend but, like the heated bed, he knows that it is there, and it is another part of his foster-world that he has discovered. It was an enjoyable experience for him.
And it was tiring. Afterward, he deserved a rest, which he took on our newest cat-bed.