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I have a confession to make. One that as a cat lover, I'm not proud to make. My confession is that I have spent the vast majority of my life disliking cats. The cats we had growing up tended to be on the feisty side, and I remember getting clawed to shreds by a kitty named Mimi when I was a kid. Add to that the fact that I suffer from allergies, and you can see why I chose to steer clear of felines for so long.
When we moved to Ohio, we were cat-free. As the weather turned cold, we noticed something scurrying in our pantry. Much to my absolute horror, we discovered that MICE were somehow getting into the house! I didn't want to use poison, as we had kids and a dog, and peppermint oil wasn't doing the job.
After seeing one mouse too many and completely losing my cool, I called Dan at work and said three words that would change our lives forever:
We need a CAT.
A natural born hunter.
A mouse assassin extraordinaire.
So we got a cat. The mice? Well, let's just say they've vacated the premises.
Fast forward several years....I now have multiple cats, all of which were rescue kitties. The kitty seen above is Pringles. She was a "Death Row" kitty who was scheduled to die in mere hours at a high-kill shelter in NYC. She had a New Hope Only rating, which typically doesn't bode well for cats. Thankfully, with the help of a wonderful rescue, we were able to save her in the nick of time, and she's happy, healthy, and thriving here in Ohio. She's actually the Queen Bee here in our home, and is even in charge of the dog, it seems!
Recently, I learned about a great new line of cat toys that were created with your cat's hunting instincts in mind. The Jackson Galaxy™ Collection by Petmate® was designed by a renowned cat behavior expert, and brings out the natural hunter in your kitty. (Trust me, this is a good thing! Staying active and stimulated can help minimize issues like scratching the furniture, etc.) An active, engaged kitty is a well-behaved kitty. At least in my home this rings true.
We received a generous assortment of Jackson Galaxy cat toys to try out with our feline family members. Included were:
- The Vault Marinater-A really cool way to infuse your kitties' toys with the sweet, seductive aroma of catnip.
- Organic Catnip-Because...well...You need catnip to infuse the toys with.
- Air Prey Wand with Removable Laser-This is awesome. You can put different attachment on the telescopic wand. These attachments mimic a cat's natural prey. (A squirrel, an iguana, a mouse, or a snake.) And of course, cats go bonkers for lasers.
- Ground Prey Wand with Snake-This looks and moves like a real live snake. Prepare to watch an amazing "hunt".
- Mixed Twisted Refillable Kicker Cat Toy-This is missing from the above photo, and for good reason. This catnip stuffed toy was stolen out of a box before I could even photograph anything. I noticed it after I took the above shot. However, it didn't take me long to find it....
Pringles was the culprit!
She literally hopped into the shipping box and stole this toy shortly after our Jackson Galaxy toys arrived.
I found her rolling around with delight, clutching the toy and purring loudly.
She even curled up and took a nap with it. I think it's safe to say that the Jackson Galaxy Mixed Twisted Refillable Kicker Cat Toy is the ultimate favorite in my house. Pringles has claimed it as her own, though, so the other kitties don't get to enjoy it much.
Noodles thought twice about snagging it, actually....
And then she thought twice, and went for the Air Prey Wand, instead.
Smart kitty. You don't mess with Pringles!
To avoid nighttime cat fights, we store all of our cat toys in the Vault Marinater. Not only does it conveniently store all of our toys in one secure place, it also infused the toys with the smell of catnip. Yep. I have some happy, happy kitties come morning!
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