Good news! Gracie's slimming - fewer treats and cutting back just a little on her two meals plus late evening snack. Slow progress, but she's definitely looking less stout and her energy level is higher. Hooray!!
I've also put out a concerted effort to find her some new interactive toys. She's bored with everything except Da Bird, and I wanted something with feathers that would be similar but maybe not quite so intense and obsessive as Da Bird.
Here's what I found that I am so pleased with! Dr. Noy's Pet Toys Swizzle Teaser (the feather one on the right):
And one of Kong brands' new Natural line of cat toys, Crinkle Tail Teaser, looks like a shrimp made of plush on an elastic string (Petco has the whole line, so new yesterday that they weren't even priced yet):
Why I like em!
1) Feathers - always Gracie's hands-down favorite
2) The Swizzle's long plush part is easy for her to grapple with and the feather tip is velcro'ed, looks easy to make your own replacements
3) the Kong brand one is made of pleasing materials, bamboo and thick plush and good quality elastic, so I am not as worried with her mouthing it (i.e. not cheap lead-tainted plastic, etc.)
4) both of them are easy for the human to use
! They don't need as much space as Da Bird or fly around as far, but kitty still gets lots of pouncing and gnawing and all-paws wrestling in
They were both around $6ish. She purred the whole time
with the Crinkle Tail teaser, and then promptly dozed off on Hubby's lap while he and Jamie were in the middle of a conversation - a first for Hubby! Everyone's so pleased!