The Island Of Misplaced Toys

Looks like Evil Squirrel forgot about us again this year.

Looks like Evil Squirrel forgot about us again this year.

picture dayThe little hand’s pointing to Wednesday and the big hand’s pointing to photo fun!  Welcome to another snaptastic edition of The Nest’s Picture Day… where you never know what our untrained and underpaid paparazzi will capture next!

So, this past week I was fixing the chair I have in the living room since one of the cheap-ass peg legs on it buckled under due to my Ody’s fat ass breaking it.  I lifted up that bad boy to straighten out the dangling appendage when what to my wondering eyes should appear?

Anybody lose their balls?

Anybody lose their balls?

If you have a cat, this scene is probably familiar to you if you’re in the habit of investigating what’s lurking under the dark reaches of your furniture.  Because cats love to knock around their toys, but aren’t always quick to chase after them, many of these cheap, plastic trip hazards will end up swatted right under that narrow crawlspace underneath your favorite sofa or recliner.  This is just one such kitty widget stash Ody and Biskit (And probably even Spilly) helped to create.  Lord only knows what I might find if I investigated underneath each of the three sections of my couch…

So that's where you've been hiding all this time!

So that’s where you’ve been hiding all this time!

You’ll notice that there’s more than just tiny, noisy hamster balls and catnip pompons in that pile.  Along with all of the officially certified cat toy crap I wasted money on are a handful of plastic bottle caps and even a couple of the ant traps I have to put out each Spring.  If you have cats like I do, let me give you a valuable piece of advice.  Your cats will have just as much fun, if not even MORE fun bopping around crap you already have handy like those caps, a twist tie from the bread, stray leaves that blow in the door.  Heck, in late Summer when the crickets annually invade my once-quiet nest, my cats get plenty of real, live toys to play with!  Cats may be notoriously finicky, but with toys, it doesn’t take a whole lot to get their interest…

Prepare to meet the claws of death, foolish bottle cap!

Prepare to meet the claws of death, foolish bottle cap!

I’ll toy around with more pictures again next Wednesday…

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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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34 Responses to The Island Of Misplaced Toys

  1. ody & biskit…..thiz iz like Christmas in joo lie but late march; earl lee april !!!

    ??? 🙂

    tell dad ta chex under de fridge two….knot for like a hunk oh looze ham , but for sum mor kewl cat stuff ♥♥♥

    all sew tell yur dad we bet de fedz will be happee ta get thiz nooz on hoffa two ! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. wow you found a treasure :o) be happy we found really scary things under our kitchen furnitures … like a dead baby berd…

  3. Trisha says:

    That’s quite the stash your cats had going there! Scooby likes to bat things under the furniture too. Things like dead birds. Baby Dog told us about a fresh one once but another time we moved the sideboard thingy and found a bird skeleton under it. Seeing your cats’ stash makes me feel guilty. I don’t buy my cats many toys.

    • Ick! Stories like that are why I’m glad I don’t let my cats go outside! I remember all the things our outside cats growing up used to kill and leave on our porch… I don’t want that stuff inside! Don’t feel guilty about not buying cat toys… like I said, they’re largely a waste of money! They’ll be just as happy with stuff you can find for free! The only “toy” I buy anymore is catnip which I sprinkle on the scratcher and other stuff they have lying around once a week…

  4. We are actually planning to move our big sofa any day now. We moved the coffee table last week and … well … let’s say it would have been a treasure trove had everything not been encased in some of the most aggressive dust wolverines ever seen. They (dust creatures) had fangs and claws.

  5. chattykerry says:

    Our sofa is also a treasure trove of wizened lizard tales, unidentifiable food items that have taken on a zombie like appearance, endless corks (to illustrate what unfit, slatternly parents we are), foil bundles. They do however have a basket of real toys and I take great delight in watching them pick which toys to play with. They are very fussy… 🙂

    • Eeeeew, I am so glad I do not live in lizard territory! Even little snakes give me the creeps since I so rarely come across one. I either got very lucky to have non-fussy cats, or I broke them of that habit early on when they realized if they didn’t like what I was giving them, they were SOL!

      • chattykerry says:

        We all love snakes in our family, cats and humans alike. This is fortunate because Toffee brought me an asp in Egypt which I just picked up and placed outside the door not realizing how close I was to Cleopatra’s fate…

  6. fanrosa says:

    Hey at least you didn’t find any actual crap amongst all of the crap….ha!

    And you get a like for no other reason than that you (correctly) put one M in pompons! This is probably third on my grrrrrr list behind possessive apostrophes in ours and the (duh duh DUH!!) dreaded Oxford comma. Yes, it even ranks above loose and defiantly….

    • fanrosa says:

      Crickey! Possessive apostrophes in its…..

    • My boys know where to do their business… give or take a foot. Close only counts in horseshoes and litterboxes…

      Every time I use “its” or “it’s” I have to stop and think whether I typed the correct one for the situation or not. Such is not the case with “there” and “their” where 90% of the time I type the wrong one and don’t even catch it on the 547239033rd proofread…

  7. JackieP says:

    Hm, I haven’t checked under our couch in a while. Probably because the damn thing weighs a ton. My cats love shoestrings. They would eat the husbands off his sneakers. So he cut one in half and gave each one a shoestring. They are happy cats now. 😉 (they also love bottle caps)

  8. dragonsashes says:

    Lol! I have one little monster that bats thing under everything. Then she looks at me like its the end of the world since none ofher toys are out and about for her to bat around.

  9. Arlene says:

    What a cute little black kitty!

  10. draliman says:

    That’s better than old pizza crusts and the like I guess. I’m too scared to look under my sofa.

  11. We have a few ‘treasures” hidden away by the critters too. One day I just KNOW my lucky crochet hook will reappear. 😀

  12. Yep – it’s true….the best toys (and the cheapest) are the things that you have lying around the house……one of Sam’s favorite toys is a wooden spoon from the kitchen. Others include: ribbons, balls made of foil, and bottle tops. I’ve spent a fortune on toys but his favorite things are things he steals from around the house. Fine with me. I know where he hides them!

    Pam

    • Ody has a spider sense when it comes to twist ties… if I leave one lying around even in the most unusual place, you can bet he’ll find it. Of course, he’ll wait until I’m not in the room to catch him to make off with his new toy…

      • We cats just KNOW these things! We know where rubber bands are, and paper clips……and lotsa other stuff I’m not allowed to tell! 🙂
        Hugs, Sammy

  13. The Cutter says:

    “Damn it, he found our secret stash!”

  14. 1jaded1 says:

    Haha…blame the broken furniture on the cat. It’s so true. My best friend’s cat does the same thing with his toys.

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