Popoki is a deeply lazy cat. She prefers to spend most of her days, and all of her nights, in a semi-conscious state. She can spring awake at any moment, but she has her eyes closed and her body is still.
I try to get her moving by pimping my writing studio, where she lives. She now has a catio to lounge in during the summer months, and she just got a set of cat stairs that allow her to move up to a big loft at the top of the studio. These things help, as they inspire Popoki to wake up and move.
But sometimes, she needs a little more.
For example, I try to take one photo of Popoki every day to post on Instagram (are you following her yet?). There are only so many closed-eyed photos I can post without seeming really boring. But getting her to wake up can be a touch difficult....
Unless I find the right toy. Here's what it looks like when that happens.
I use dog toys with a squeaker inside to attract her attention. I just picked up the toy when I took this shot. She knows what it is, and she knows it makes some kind of noise, so she's a little bit interested.
I hit the squeaker one time, and she's wide awake now. But her ears are still moving off to the side, so she's not as engaged with me as I might like. She's still considering whether I'll be fun to play with, or whether a little nap might be a better idea.
Moving the toy from the top of her head to the top of my camera really seems to engage her will to play. She will follow that toy no matter where I move it, once we play this game a few times. At the end of a photo session like this, I bring the toy right in front of the camera lens and drop it right before the shutter clicks. I can get her looking right at the camera with an open expression with that approach.
But it does come with risks.
Sometimes, Popoki gets so engaged with this game that she charges the camera to get the toy. And that leads to some uncomfortably close closeups! Oh, well. At least she enjoys the photo sessions, right?
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