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The Small Rubber Sphere

Tiger and SamAnother of my early discoveries was an ability to carry small rubber objects in my mouth - and the pleasure that these objects can give.

I discovered this when one of my humans threw a small, soft, rubber sphere in my direction. Curious to see what it was, I chased it but, unfortunately it went under the bed of one of the humans. Undeterred, I went under the bed and quickly located the sphere. Since it was in an awkward place, I realized that it was not practical to extract the sphere using conventional means, so it suddenly dawned on me that I could pick it up in my mouth, thereby leaving my paws free for walking.

Having carried the sphere out from under the bed in this manner, I was rather disconcerted to see that the humans were still standing at the other end of the hall and not coming to get the sphere - or "ball" as they call it in their own language - from me. Rather than stand on ceremony, I simply left the ball in my mouth and brought it to them. They were quite astonished by this action but were apparently quite pleased, so I have continued to do this on the principle of "small things to amuse small minds" (I'm referring to the humans of course.)

As a corollary, I have discovered, over time, that humans often fail to throw balls in a sufficiently interesting way. This need not be a problem to an inventive feline. I found that if I bring the ball to the top of the stairs, then drop it down the stairs, the resulting flight path is far more entertaining that that generally achieved by the humans. It also allows me to be far more independent, which as any cat knows, is the best way to be.

   


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