For a mature old gal, Cleo has been showing a wonderfully silly, playful side lately. Maybe she's just getting comfortable with us, letting her inner kitten come out more and more. We've had so many moments when I wish I'd had my camera handy right then and there, or could capture video of her behavior.
She loves her pieces of string, and now and then we'll hear the jingle of her little fuzzy balls being batted around. For the most part, though, her strings, balls and catnip mice just lay on her mat unless we initiate play. Now and then she surprises us with erratic, wild antics that make us laugh like crazy humans.
Just last night while mom was putting together Christmas gifts and had several pieces of wrapping tissue laid out on the floor Cleo jumped at the tissue, rubbing her face in it, crumpling and gathering it in her paws and almost-but-not-quite eating it.
Then, as she often does, just stops and walks away. It's as if she gets a burst of playfulness, then realizes she's mature and sophisticated and making a fool of herself.
It's the same with these fuzzy little balls with bells inside them. Lately she's taken to chasing them briefly when we toss them against a wall and they bounce off and away.
She scrambles toward the ball, sometimes swatting at it, sometimes batting it away. She's got a soccer player's talent for scuttling along the floor, patting the ball back and forth between her paws as she goes. And then she's done. She'll just sit there, staring at the ball, often looking at us with that "What?" in her big beautiful eyes.
Many times when she stops, the ball is beneath her, umm, ample girth, an egg being kept warm by this plus-sized Tortie birdmom. Speaking of ample, Cleo's due for a physical this morning. We weighed her last night, and she's dropped to 11.6 pounds, down from her 15 or so since she adopted us last February!
Her occasional erratic outbursts are such a joy to watch, especially when she runs from room to room, by turns looking around as if something's chasing her and searching for something only she can see. And then there's her spanking fetish briefly mentioned in an early post. More on that later.