The other night, I was browsing Amazon to find an inexpensive cat toy to help me get free shipping on an order. After skipping past endless amounts of colorful mice with tails I’d only have to cut off (our cats have a tendency to eat the tails), I came across a most unusual toy called “Captain Goldbloomer.” The brief listing said something about it being a battery-less toy and featured what looked like a picture of a cat chasing a fly. So I clicked on it and discovered that the listing was in fact for a real and very alive housefly!
Yes, for a mere couple of dollars, you too can buy a housefly for your cat to chase. Like other odd Amazon products, the reviews were pretty entertaining. I learned that if your fly arrived dead, the company would replace it for free! Sadly, I must be the bearer of bad news as it appears the item is now unavailable. I’m not sure how the vendor ran out of houseflies, but I guess everyone will just have to look outside to find their own. As for me? I went for a couple of catnip toys shaped like fish instead. At least those toys will last!