Symon loves his Tape Balls.
The Tape Balls came about purely by accident, when Symon was still a Junior Kitten.
I had taped some paint swatches on canvas to my big drawing board with masking tape. After a couple of weeks, I was taking them down, wadding up the masking tape into a ball. Suddenly Symon was at my side, pawing at the tape ball. Oh, you want this? I threw it and he RAN after it, scrambling around like it was the best thing he'd ever discovered. I made a few with scrap paper and masking tape.
Sometimes Symon will 'fetch' the tape balls, trotting back with one in his mouth.
Symon will run by with one in his mouth and drop it by my feet, then keep running. I find that hilarious.
Symon can leap as high as 5 feet and often 'pops' the Tape Ball, like a Volleyball player. He can also spike the ball, bouncing it a foot in the air from the carpet. He likes to scramble all over the comfy chair like it's a jungle gym. He'll park between the chair and ottoman and when we toss a Tape Ball he flies up into the air to hit it. Once on Twitter @IAMS asked if our cat had a profession what would they be? This is why I said Volleyball Player.
Through some trial and error, I found the best method for making a Tape Ball. Symon doesn't like it if they are too big because he can't pick them up in his mouth. Also, they shrink with usage so I have to make new ones every few months (and quietly throw away the old ones so he won't dig for them in the trash).
Take one sheet of Page A Day Calendar. We always get the Cats Page A Day every year, and use the pages for notes, grocery lists, bookmarks, etc. And Tape Balls!
Scrunch up the page. Unwrap and scrunch again.
Then roll THREE pieces of masking tape, about 3" long each, around the scrunched up paper.
Scrunch and wrap. You don't have to completely cover the paper.
And you have a Tape Ball.
And a Happy Cat.
When Tape Balls go missing, we have to check under the comfy chair, and the nightstand next to it. One time Steve tilted back the nightstand, and there were 18 Tape Balls underneath.
UPDATE: These was taken in July of 2013 - Symon LEAPING for Tape Balls!
Also July of 2013 Symon racing all over the Comfy Chair chasing Tape Balls:
Remember Jackson Galaxy's best cat advice: Structured Play Time! Give your cat(s) plenty of playtime - run them down! - and they will be Happy Cats. Right, Symon? (Pic from August 2013)
When I got my Kindle last year I downloaded an app called Skitch that lets me draw on photos.
I was finally able to make Symon into SuperSymon - flying with a red cape!