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My Cat's "Baby" Is Dead

Avrils_Mom
September 12th, 2006, 08:50 PM
Hey everyone, I'm new here and have a question regarding my cat's favourite toy.
Just over 4 years ago, I took home the cutest little kitten ever who was just 2 months old. After about a week of having her, one day I heard her coming down the stairs meowing like crazy and I ran to the stairs to see she had my cat keychain in her mouth. It was my good luck keychain and I saw it dripping in cat slobber in her mouth...I was quite upset, but it was too cute for me to be mad at her :p
Everyday since then she has carried this keychain around in her mouth. She doesn't carry it around all day, but it seems like whenever she feels lonely, we'll hear her meowing, then she will come into the room we're in and drop her "baby" and then come over to us.
After 4 years of this routine, this keychain is near death. When we first noticed it was starting to fall apart, we went to the dollarstore where I got they keychain, but they didn't have anymore. We eventually found a couple other keychains that are similar to what her baby looks like, but she doesn't pay attention to them unless she's in a playful mood.

These pictures of her "baby" were taken a few months ago...
http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/5240/keychain01wi9.jpg
http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/817/keychain02yi1.jpg

Here are a couple photos with the baby in her mouth...
http://img75.imageshack.us/img75/6632/keychain03op8.jpg
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/826/keychain04ud7.jpg

Seems how I don't have a "before" picture to go along with those "4 years later" photos, I took a picture of her not-so-dead baby's to show you that at one point, her baby keychain used to be attractive. Actually, since those photos were taken, her baby has died more. Just this evening I stepped on something hard, and it was a piece of her baby's head!...
http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/3554/keychain06zv8.jpg
http://img154.imageshack.us/img154/1012/keychain05sd1.jpg

My question to you guys is: What do I do if her baby completely falls apart? It's bound to happen very soon...and I'm just worried of how she's going to react without her baby. One time we placed all 3 down on the ground, and she pushed the other 2 aside and grabbed her baby. If she only uses the other baby's for play, what's she going to do without one for when she's lonely or whatever?

Any tips or advice would be MUCH appreciated! Thanks! :)

erykah1310
September 12th, 2006, 08:59 PM
PHEWF!!!! I thought this thread was something else.
Im sorry but I dont have any suggestions but I think your kitty will be lost when the "baby" does go to kitty toy heaven :(

papillonmama
September 12th, 2006, 09:14 PM
LOL, this thread made me wonder too, here's a thought, just like a kid, it's probably not the toy so much as the scent that your cat has left on it, maybe you could attach another small toy to the old key chain, and hopefully when the toy does go to a better place, the scent will still be on the newer toy. you might have to tie the new toy to the old one, just so the scent carries onto it more thoroughly.:)


Good luck.

BTW welcome to the board

Avrils_Mom
September 12th, 2006, 11:06 PM
LOL, this thread made me wonder too, here's a thought, just like a kid, it's probably not the toy so much as the scent that your cat has left on it, maybe you could attach another small toy to the old key chain, and hopefully when the toy does go to a better place, the scent will still be on the newer toy. you might have to tie the new toy to the old one, just so the scent carries onto it more thoroughly.:)


Good luck.

BTW welcome to the board

Thanks for the welcome! :) That is something I hadn't thought of and will have to try. Thanks for the suggestion! :thumbs up

Avrils_Mom
September 12th, 2006, 11:09 PM
PHEWF!!!! I thought this thread was something else.
Im sorry but I dont have any suggestions but I think your kitty will be lost when the "baby" does go to kitty toy heaven :(

LOL yeah I had to add as much info as possible because I thought if I put "my cat's toy is broken...what do I do?" people would be like "get a new one" so I had to make sure everyone knew that this isn't just a toy...that she considers this toy her baby
She even gives it baths like it's real... :p

cpietra16
September 13th, 2006, 07:35 AM
If she likes to clean it and treat her like a real baby, why not get her a playmate, a little kitten..:D

Skryker
September 13th, 2006, 10:52 AM
My little black cat Pepper had a tennis ball that was her baby...she did the same things your cat does. Carried it everywhere, bathed it, cried over it...we figured it was frustrated mother instinct because she was fixed. The tennis ball was her favourite baby, but she did mother a few small stuffed animals, too. Hopefully your cat will find a new baby when the old one dies. Good luck!

rainbow
September 13th, 2006, 07:03 PM
I like papillonmama's suggestion and cpietra's even better. :D

hdme
September 20th, 2006, 01:43 PM
Our dog does the same with a half eaten Kong that she has had for 2 years. My mother gave it to her for Christmas and within 2 weeks, she had the top two tiers chewed off so that it was down to a small ball. She had a litter of pups in the shelter before we adopted her, so maybe it is some mothering instinct. We bought her a new kong the next Christmas, but she wants nothing to do with it. We've tried to put the old one away in hopes of getting her to play with the new one, but she just mopes around the house looking for the old one and won't touch the new one. When we finally let her "find" the old one again, she lights up and whines like she's found her long lost puppies!