Today, I decided to fill up the cats food dispensing toy that they never really use, with treats. I spent the rest of the morning sitting at our breakfast bar watching an unusual relationship form. First, let me describe the toy. It's a sort of weeble-wobble with a hole in the side of the top where food falls out if you bat at it just right. Lao came running in the kitchen like he usually does, and smelled the treats immediately. However, it surprised me that he didn't really seem to know how to get them. Ming slowly followed behind him, and it took him only seconds to figure out how to get the toy to dispense a treat.
|Ming, Lao, and the toy in question|
After a few treats, it was like a light bulb went off in Lao's head. The next time Ming batted at it and a treat popped out, Lao quickly stole it away and ate it. Of course, being the persistent little bugger that he is, Ming hit the toy again, only to have the treat stolen by Lao again (he's such a bully). After a few rounds of this, Ming gave up and slumped back towards the dining room to sit in the sun.
|Ming batting, Lao eating|
I can't wait to see if this pattern continues with these two. If I can catch them at it again later, I'll try and take a picture to share!