The howling cat was made like a ball toss but given it's delicacy probably small paper balls or ping pong balls that would fit through the mouth and be collected in the attached box in back with a hinged lid.
There are two dates painted on and names from the military. 1917 and '44 as well Elmer. Kilroy was here and Yeow and some army patches painted. Midwestern origin
Height 25 x 15 x 8 inches