Aby-a-Day – July 16: Fun with feathers (Hipstamatic Monday)

As I’ve said before, Jacoby’s favourite toys are those that used to be alive. Toys made of fur, feathers, bone and other animal parts are the most attractive to him, and therefore the most fun.

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It’s actually very easy to get natural cat toys; fly-tying supply shops carry all kinds of feathers and fur scraps.

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Feathers are widely used in tying flies, and feathers are frequently sold on preserved bird skins.

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I found a domestic canary skin for sale on eBay.

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Jake thought it was awesome!

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He carried it all over the bedroom.

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The downside to these fun bird toys is they are very fragile, and they don’t hold up well to a cat’s boisterous play. And they get a little messy as the feathers tend to fall out.

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Still, they’re a lot of fun while they last.