Two cats plus ball of string

I have a boyhood memory of walking into our living room and seeing that, while the family were out, our two kittens had played the classic ball-of-wool game. The kittens had belted the unravelling ball back and forth across the room, snagging on chair and table legs, and creating an intricate room-size cat's cradle.

Cats plus ball of string or wool - it's like puppies chasing their tails: such a cliche, it's almost surprising when it actually happens in real life. But it did the other day, in a spectacular way, at and near the home of Four Legs Good reader Lenny.

Lenny has two tabbies, Troy and Hektor. They are pictured just below; which of the two do you pick as the culprit for the feat that took place that day? (Or maybe they did it as a team?)

Here's what happened. Lenny came home from work the other day to find the unusual catch on the floor near the back door.

Not a mouse, rat or bird, but a ball of string, mostly unravelled.

Most "finds" presented by cats cannot be traced reliably to their source. But this one could be tracked. Lenny not only followed the string to its origin, but photographed his progress.

The string went out the cat door, across a pathway, over to the next-door neignbours' property, and under the deck they've been building.

"My neighbour was confused when I knocked on his door and said 'Hi, I'm just returning your ball of string,'" says Lenny.  "I showed him the photos and we both had a good laugh."

Here are the photos:

  The ball of string on Lenny's floor.
  The trail leads through the cat door...
  ...across the garden...
  ...and under the neighbour's house.

You've probably got your own stories of spectacular feats (often leading to spectacular mess) by a pet. Feel free to share a comment, if so. But as Lenny found, it's always worth getting a photographic record before telling the story. You could get it featured in a blog, for one thing...

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