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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Day at Central Park zoo. Sunny. Lots visitors. Good day.
Got home Baggy had entangled himself in a plastic twine piece about 3 feet. He keeps finding string things & playing with them. Find my belts all over the apt. There was a twine I use to play with the cats. Tie things on it to swing around so they can chase it. Somehow he got it down & chewed on it til it frayed. Then got it wrapped around his hind leg. Tried to pull it off, but it was too tangled & he started hissing.
OH NO. Here we go again.
So I sat on floor & talked softly til he came near. Kept trying til close enough to snip off about half of it. Smokey followed Baggy. Played with the string a bit, but also got between us if Baggy was too upset. Finally Bags calmed down more. So I got closer & cut a bit more off. Kept doing that. Get closer. Cut more. All the time talking softly to Baggy. Sat on the bed in my morning cuddle position. So he jumped up for cuddles. Cuddled. Snipped. Finally got most of it off. Then left him alone for a while to calm down. He came into the room later & let me pull another small piece off. Finally let me grab the last piece after I gave him treats.
So it was successful. Got him to trust me enough to help him.
Resolve - no more plastic strings. Find rope. Cotton. Anything else. The cats like things on strings to chase. But I was afraid if he swallowed plastic, he could get hurt inside.
& find higher things to put things on. Gotta move that belt rack higher.

Have a great day.
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CATLADY52 6/16/2013 2:29PM

    I will periodically put all the cat toys in a basket and then leave the basket on the lowest shelf of a bookcase. The cats (most often the Bengal) will pick out a toy and play with it for a while. Lucky we don't use plastic strings for anything.

Glad that Baggy is getting to be more comfortable with you. emoticon

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FELINEBETTER 6/16/2013 1:32PM

    Some cats have a radar-like thing for string! Our old Maine Coon was crazy about string, but he would eat it, too! I worked very hard at keeping things away from him, but if there were a string, thread or elastic dropped within 20 miles -- he would find it and try to chow it down! Sometimes you have to be VERY creative to keep them out of things. One of my cats now tries to open doors -- even turning the door knob! You may have to put that belt rack under lock yet!

Your feline stories always warm my heart! Thank you for sharing them!



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PDSLIM 6/16/2013 10:40AM

    Baggy opens draws. Has already gotten into the 'supervised play' drawer:)

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JEANNETTE59 6/16/2013 10:37AM

  So glad you were able to get him untangled.....maybe you can find a drawer for items that require supervised play. Drawers are about the only thing Horatio emoticon can't open. emoticon

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 6/15/2013 8:51PM

    Well, you made real progress with him!!! So glad he didn't swallow any of the string. emoticon

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