Aby-a-Day – January 1: Swing your mousie round and round

Our kitties got a lot of great Xmas presents, but one of the best was a pair of Hexbug mice.

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Apparently the folks at Hexbug got wise to the fact that cats love playing with Hexbugs and made a version specifically for felines.

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Jacoby had a blast playing with them.

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We got two, one grey and one white.

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I thought the grey one would be the favourite, since it’s more natural, but against our floors the white one seemed to stand out more.

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It was funny…sometimes Jake seemed a little intimidated by the mice!

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It really makes me wonder what he’d do if he ever saw a real mouse.

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One thing Jake decided was fun was picking up a mouse by its tail.

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Remember, these mice, like the Hexbugs, move around by vibrating on little rubber feet.

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The tail kind of sticks up when the mouse runs, which apparently is really appealing.

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Jake kept catching the mouse by the tail and picking it up.

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But eventually the vibration got to be too much for him to hold onto, and the mouse would escape.

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He kept going for the tail, though.

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Every time.

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You can see the vibration of the mouse makes it swing back and forth.

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Eventually, Jake would have to drop it.

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And then it would skitter off and he’d chase after it.

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After a few catch-and-releases, Jake got pretty good at holding onto the mouse.

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He was even able to carry the mouse by its tail with a little practice!

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And a little adjustment to his grip along the way.

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In the Warriors books, there are many descriptions of cats carrying mice by their tails, but I’ve never see it happen in real life…until now. I would have thought Jake would have tired to bite the mice’s necks…but he thought the tail was a better target. Who knew?