Before we got there, someone, perhaps my mother, had put a catnip mouse on his side. He slumbered on. So DH put another cat toy on his side. He continued to sleep. So then I added another one. Still no reaction.
My aunt has an enormous number of toys for this cat. There is hardly a place in her apartment that is not festooned with some kind of toy. Gradually we managed to find all of the toys within reach and place them gently on the cat, who was oblivious.
Suddenly I realized this was a perfect opportunity to take a Stuff On My Cat picture. How could we resist?
I haven't actually submitted it to the Stuff On My Cat site (they say it takes months before it will show up anyway due to the large number of submissions!) but I thought I would share it here in the meantime!
As you can see, his eyes are open in this picture. He had started to become aware that Something was Happening. Sure enough, the next toy we placed on him was the last straw and he got up, spilling all of the toys every which way, and departed in a Huff.
We didn't see him for the rest of the evening.