Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Chicago suburbs
If it makes you feel better, just think of what I did to Fergie last summer - I shut her EAR in a window! She jumped up on the sill just as I was shutting the window and her ear got caught. She held still just long enough for me to open it again and then took off, wouldn't let anyone near her for an hour to check on her ear (it was fine) and wouldn't come anywhere near me for a whole day. For weeks after, if she was in the window and we came near she would hop down and run away, but eventually she realized that we really weren't trying to kill her.
Fortunately with cat toys, there's always something else they'll play with, and if you put this one away for a while when you take it back out again it'll be new and exciting! You could also see if she'll play with it with someone else - my nephew tries to hit Fergie with one of her favorite toys so she'll run away if she sees him holding it but she's right there playing if it's me or my hubby.
~Diana, happy mom to Fern and Fergie