by Morris the Cat
Live Well & Prospurr
9Lives Brand Ambassador
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Regular readers of MommyBlogExpert know how much I love animals, especially if you recall all the funny animal videos I've been posting on MBE's Facebook page lately. So, when Morris the Cat's people asked me if the cat celebrity himself could write a guest post series for the blog, it didn't take me more than five seconds to say meow and Yes. That's not all. When I found out Morris and 9Lives are also running an ASPCA campaign donating cat food to needy shelter animals via its Live Well & Prospurr program, I responded with a resounding double "YES YES." This Guest Post series by Morris the Cat will appear on MBE every Tuesday for the next three weeks.
A bona fide celebricat since he made his debut in commercials in the 1970s, America's favorite 'charmingly choosy' feline has launched a "Dear Morris" column to help cats and their humans make the most of playtime. Here's the first in a series of three Guest Posts that Morris has agreed to do for MBE's cat loving readership.
From Morris' Mailbox
I'll be the first one to tell you I'm a playful guy. I like yarn, stuffed mice, boxes... you name it. But my human is never in the mood. Something about 'work' or 'being tired,' blah, blah, blah... meow, meow, meow. I try to tell her that a piece of string doesn't wiggle itself! Alas since my human will not play with me, I've taken to reading Proust... and trying to catch my own tail.
Furry and Frustrated
Dear Furry and Frustrated,
I've seen your case all too many times. Humans are often tempted to blame their unplayful attitude on 'being too busy,' but that's rarely true. (Even the President plays golf!) What many humans don't realize is that we cats don't require a long, drawn-out play period. We like small bouts of play interspersed with two of our other favorite activities, resting and napping. So gently remind your human with a head-boop or a soft meow that you're ready for some action -- she can start off slow with Level 1 of my Official Guide to Amusement, Entertainment, Playtime and More." Also tell your human to be on the lookout for when your tail is in an inverted "U" shape (like in the photo below). That's a tell-tail sign (get it?!) that she should bring out the toys. Remember, fun is contagious... once your human sees what a blast you're having, she'll likely take some more time to enjoy herself as well.
Morris the Cat