Attack of the Catnip Banana

“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.”

-Charles Schaefer-


Gibbs the cat loves his catnip banana.

Gibbs enjoys playing “attack of the catnip banana” with the human.

The human obliges with a hint of mischief, a bit of delight, wary of the claws that don’t always land on the banana (if you know what I mean)

(I mean skin piercing and blood could be involved if not situationally aware.)

Band-aids and antibiotic cream are on standby.

The feline boy twists and turns in his catnip tree, grabbing, pawing and biting at what taunts him.

The human goads with this yellow object and the cat feels something that swats him in the rear.

Yes, that rear.

Engrossed in his prey, Gibbs twists and turns again and bats at that stinkin’ banana.

He’s gonna get that stinkin’ banana!

The game goes on between the boy and human for several playful minutes.

Once in awhile, he takes a break and shows the human his fangs.

It’s a warning that he has weapons.

He’ll either rip that banana out of the human’s hand or he’ll rip the human’s hand.

She remains situationally aware.

They play for a little while longer, a few more twists and turns and banana swats on the butt.

Then, either the human waves the white flag (she is bored gives up) or the feline becomes bored sleepy.

In the end, they part company, both alive and breathing.

She resumes her writing, cooking, cleaning, or reading and Gibbs…

Well, he plots his next plan of attack.

For revenge, for banana capture.

He’ll close his eyes soon and dream of the possibilities.

And when he wakes, Gibbs will cry for food, use the litter box and demand the commencement of human/banana playtime once again.


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17 responses to Attack of the Catnip Banana

  1. Dan Antion says:

    It seems like the banana gets off easier than the human. I understand “unintentional” injuries while playing with catnip toys. Fully armed (pawed/clawed) kittens are dangerous.

    In the first photo, it looks like Gibbs is in the phone. Is he calling 911 for you, or did he steal your credit card and is placing an order?

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Ha, Dan! The banana has no calling features. If he could use his paws like that, Gibbs would be opening the closet door and his food bucket every few hours, in between his naps and playtime. Or he’d be on the laptop ordering catnip toys and cat trees. I think it’s better as is. 😏

  2. I love watching the cats at play – with each other, or with the humans. To me it’s a sign that all is well.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      True Maggie. I know Gibbs is feeling okay when he is playful and attacking all of his toys. He’s a hoot to watch.

  3. murisopsis says:

    I miss having a cat. I grew up with cats and when I worked in private veterinary practice I loved my feline interactions (except for OXO but that’s another story). Then I married and had an allergic child… and now my husband has been identified as cat allergic too. So to keep my loved ones healthy I’m cat less. Still a post like this makes me wish I had a feline companion… Give Gibbs a whisker rub from me.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I will certainly give a little love to Gibbs from you…as soon as he wakes up from his morning nap. I’m sorry your husband and child suffer with this allergy and that you miss your kitties, but I hope you find enough furry posts to give you joy and a few smiles.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      That’s a good question! I don’t have an answer, but I think it might be easier to slip on a squashed banana than the peel itself.

  4. Ha! Gibbs really does look like he’s plotting. 🐱 Crystal is too picky. The catnip banana only interests her for a few hours. Then apparently it airs out/loses its potency or something… It’s great to see Gibbs playing. Hugs on the wing.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      They do lose their potency, so I think Gibbs is more interested in the fight than the nip. Then again, he has had a catnip eight ball for years and never seems to tire of it.
      Gibbs and I send our hugs and purrs.

  5. Herman says:

    Gibbs seems to enjoy his playing time! But beware, playing with a cat can be dangerous… 😉
    I needed band-aid myself a few days ago after playing with Jimi.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Oh boy, Herman! Gibbs got me once since the banana fights started, but it was not too bad. I’ve done much worse to myself playing with knives and sharp objects. Gibbs is not the main reason for my use of band-aids. 😏

  6. dweezer19 says:

    I have seen cats with their ‘nip’ and I keep my distance. They are serious about that stuff!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      A number of years ago, I had three cats and occasionally they would have a “catnip party.” That is when I stayed clear of the rolling, snorting and crazy kids. No harm came to each other, but I knew to just sit in a chair and watch.

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