NOTE: As I am typing this, Herr S.O Kittycat is on his favorite perch for “computer time”: on his cat tree about 6 inches away from my head. This enables him to perform crucial editorial functions, meow directly into my left ear, and reach out a stretchy front paw for encouraging gestures like batting me on the cheek.
Siegfried has developed yet another cute-and-funny-as-all-get-out skill: the Jai Alai fling. You know how Jai Alai players use those scoop thingies (properly known as a xistera) to send the ball flying at ridiculous speed? Well, Siegfried perfected using his curled up paw to do similar things with his mousie toys. We play this game where I toss his ping-pong ball-sized suede mousies up onto the top floor of his cat tree. He then launches himself as a very determined 11 pound tuxedo kitty missile up after them.
This is where it gets extra cute: he’ll pick up a mousie in his paw and fling it, so that I can then retrieve it and start the whole game over again. He’s gotten so that he can accurately send the mousie flying at jet speed all the way across the room–about 12 feet–to hit the wall. And he’s deadly consistent–one mousie after another with ne’er a break in form. He can keep this game up for as long as I continue to pitch him mousies, but afterwards, he’ll collapse into some serious kitten-ey naptime. Those kitties sure can do the darndest things.