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Old 02-10-2004, 09:45 AM
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My Cat Does this Weird Thing

My cat keeps dragging things from our bedrooms into the living room. Its generally very personal items, so I've been discouraged from leaving dirty clothes on the bedroom floor.

He drags my son's favorite stuffed animal upstairs, and then he raids the boy's laundry basket to find old underwear or socks to take with him.

He steals bras from my bedroom. Or my slippers. Sometimes, when my son is visiting with his dad, he drags toys from my son's bedroom to sleep with in my bedroom. Sometimes, shin guards are the preferred sleeping partner. Other times, its a little pillow from the boy's bed.

Does anyone have a clue why my cat could be doing this? Does anyone else's cat do this?
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:05 AM
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Your love cat just can't get enough human hugs, therefore steals that which smells most humanish. Not you're neglecting the fuzzball, but the cat probably loves human pheromone and there just can not possibly get enough attention.

LittleCat is a whore for attention and is so affectionate it's downright annoying. There is no such thing as "enough hugs and pets" no matter how much attention she gets. She'll swipe socks and undies out of the laundry basket, bras are just grand as far as she's concerned. She was over the moon on a hot summer night when she found Sniffs_Markers sweaty t-shirt.

Snuggling up to that is almost as good as snuggling up to human litter-mate.
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:28 AM
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My cat did something similiar to this when he was a kitten, except it was always one specific item. My brother had back surgery, and was laid up in this bedroom in the attic. My mom kept our potholders on hooks on the refrigerator. When Furball was a kitten, he brought all the potholders up to my brother in his bedroom. We'd put them away, and he'd bring them all back again. It was quite funny, and a habit he grew out of after my brother recovered.
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:32 AM
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My oldest kitty has an obsession with my blush brush. It's one of those big, fluffy ones, and she drags it into the living room and cries over it like it's a dead kitten. I swear, it's just too freaky. It's like the child she never had. Gives me chills.

My littlest kitten likes to toss stuff off the table onto the floor to get attention. She's nothing but trouble.
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:33 AM
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It's normal. My cats drag around everything from slippers to pajama tops. I have a collection of rubber duckies on my tub and for the past several weeks, every time I come home there are rubber duckies all over the house. They often go upstairs, get one, and bring it back down and drop it in front of me.

My cats don't go outside at all and I think maybe they are "capturing" prey and offering it to me as a gift. They'd do it with little birdies or moles but alas, the Tall One keeps them inside their little glass-walled house, unable to escape to practice their stalking in the great outdoors, so they make do with inanimate objects.
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:45 AM
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My dog does the same thing. She will steal items from the bedroom like socks or any item of clothing, really, and carry them to the living room floor. She rarely damages anything, just carries them to the living room and amasses a pile. If I am missing something it's the first place I look.

She knows she is not supposed to do this, so she has gotten sneaky about it. She waits until we are not looking, then hurriedly takes the item down the hall and around a back way to the living room so I can't see her do it unless I am looking for her. If she gets going she can get a good pile of stuff in there!

The worst is when she gets into a basket of newly folded laundry. I can close the door to our room but if it doesn't latch she can push it open and get in there. Once she almost got a whole basket of laundry carried out to the living room, one item at a time, until I caught her. She must think it's a game, if she sees me looking at her she will immediately drop the item, or if I call her name she will drop it as well.

It's annoying but I usually am just amused by her. If she was damaging things I would be more upset, but it seems like she just wants to be surrounded by our stuff. Some animals just find comfort in this, I guess. I know some animals have hoarding tendencies as well, so this could also be part of it - the instinct to collect and hide things?
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:53 AM
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My oldest kitty has an obsession with my blush brush. It's one of those big, fluffy ones, and she drags it into the living room and cries over it like it's a dead kitten. I swear, it's just too freaky. It's like the child she never had. Gives me chills.
My cat does that with the feather duster, and he's a neutered male cat. I have to hide it when I'm not using it. When I get it out and dust, he follows me around and makes the most pitiful crying sound and looks at me as if to say, "What are you doing with my BABY?!?".
If I give it to him, he runs off and hides under my daughter's bed with it. He'll snuggle with it and lick it.
Just freaking bizarre.

I recently bought a Swiffer duster and he's not at all interested in that.
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Old 02-10-2004, 01:25 PM
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We had one that loved the feather duster, too! She would carry it around and make a very satisfied sound, as if to say, "Look what I caught!" It was easier to take a mouse away from her than it was that duster.

We have one now that likes my wife's socks. Clean ones only, please, and folded. She learned to open Missus Coder's sock drawer, and will take out 4-5, drop them on the floor, and then take them downstairs one by one. It's very annoying at 3 AM!
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Old 02-10-2004, 01:36 PM
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My rat does something like this. He steals kleenex, drags them into his cage (he gets to wander the room a bit), wraps himself up in them, and goes to sleep. But he never uses the same kleenex for more than one nap.
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Old 02-10-2004, 02:41 PM
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back in the days when unicorns were hot collectibles (hey, the fashions caught up with me, for a change), i had several different versions of stuffed fabric ones instead of throw pillows on my bed. my young Siamese cat found one particular model to be irresistible. even though it was as big as she was, she would pick it up and drag it down the steps, into the family room. she may have also indulged in some roughhousing with it, since it eventually developed a tear in one of the seams.

when i put it out of reach, she started up again with a duplicate that i had. at the time, i just chalked it up to there being something in the stuffing material that must have been attracting her. she never bothered any of the other versions that were around, or anything else that i can recall.

that is one funny memory... looking up from the family room towards the stairs, seeing this small furry body lugging another fuzzy shape of equal size determinedly down the steps.

:: sigh :: miss you, Sassy.
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Old 02-10-2004, 03:31 PM
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Sorry for going slightly off topic here, but I'm wondering if the weird thing my cat does may be explained in a similar way.

He washes my hair, as if he was cleaning himself. He only does it when he's in a particular mood, or when my hair hasn't been washed. It started a few years ago when I came home from work and put my head in his lap. He started washing it then. Now he uses it to wake me up in the morning, knowing that it bother's me, and gets me moving.

I can understand him using it as a tool to wake me up, but I'm curious why he would start doing it in the first place. Some kind of maternal instinct, even though he is a he?!
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Old 02-10-2004, 03:42 PM
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My cat does that with the feather duster, and he's a neutered male cat. I have to hide it when I'm not using it. When I get it out and dust, he follows me around and makes the most pitiful crying sound and looks at me as if to say, "What are you doing with my BABY?!?".
If I give it to him, he runs off and hides under my daughter's bed with it. He'll snuggle with it and lick it.
Just freaking bizarre.

I recently bought a Swiffer duster and he's not at all interested in that.
It must be the natural fibers, i.e., feathers and whatever-they-make-natural-blush-brushes-out-of. I swear, it sounds like she's going to say something in English fercrissakes.
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Old 02-10-2004, 03:56 PM
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My bad, bad kitty is called Jesper.
Just as soon as an article of clothing (clean or used) is laid on the bed, he immediately lays down on it.
He'll pull my worn bra off my dresser and roll in it, licking it (oooohhh titty residue - dave chappelle show ).
Our other little PITA is Gia (my hubby's lil' girl). We have a lot of those little furry mousies you can buy at the supermarket all over the house. Now Gia has never voluntarily made a sound in front of us if she can help it, but will stand over these in the middle of the night meowing her furry head off.
Jespers most annoying habit is he will lick plastic shopping bags, like from Publix or Walmart. I mean NON-STOP. We throw things at him, but he will go right back to it until we make to get up like we're going to beat his behind and then he takes off running
Lil' buggers.
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Old 02-10-2004, 03:58 PM
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When my husband's cat misses him, she'll haul a pair of his (used) underwear around the house. Very odd to open the front door and be met with dirty briefs. Never drags the boxers though. She'll also go nuts over his boots if he's worn them all day. Acts like it's catnip, rubbing on them, burying her face deep inside. It's only a matter of time before the fumes cause permanent brain damage, I tell ya.

She'll also clean his hair - we think it's partially her taking care of her "kitten" or just her wanting to fit in with us "big, stupid monkeys".
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Old 02-10-2004, 04:36 PM
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I can understand him using it as a tool to wake me up, but I'm curious why he would start doing it in the first place. Some kind of maternal instinct, even though he is a he?!
That's a community thing - you're the alpha male, so the cat is submissive to you, and treats you to a grooming to let you know that you're the boss. Mine does this by sticking her ass in my face, which is to let me know I can sniff her anal glands. If I want. Usually I decline.

In other words, he's showing you he "loves" you, in a cat way.

I speculate that having done this for the above reason once or twice when you were asleep, the cat may also have realised that grooming you gets you out of bed, and thus has been conditioned to do it in order to get fed.

Source: The Cat Whisperer - a very interesting book, which explains an awful lot of weird things cats do, although it's not very well written or illustrated.
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Old 02-10-2004, 04:49 PM
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My littlest cat loves to play with those little fuzzy balls they have at craft shops, with the mettalic fibers in them. No matter what she's doing, if you drop one on the floor, she'll come a runnin' to start batting it around.

The weird part is that after she's played with them for a while, she'll pick them up and drop them into the water bowl on the floor. At first I thought they were just being randomly batted in there, but no, if you take them out, she'll very deliberately pick them up and put them back in. I think she might be part raccoon.
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Old 02-10-2004, 05:08 PM
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What your cat is doing is normal. A lot of felines seem to like dragging things around. It's usually something that's pretty embarrassing, too. Whatever has the most of your scent on it (or whatever's had the most, er, juice on it) is usually what gets carried around. I'm lucky that I don't have to keep my undies under lock and key. With my cats, it's crackers or anything that can be carried off the kitchen counter. I'm pretty sure they do it because they know they're not supposed to be up there. They like to grab baggies of snacks and walk around the living room with them, then leave them for me in the morning. They've never eaten any of them, but the baggie will have little fang marks from being carried, and the crackers might be a little broken, but that's it. They also have a stash of balls in the sunroom. They love the velvet and terry cloth balls you can get at a lot of pet stores, and when they're done playing with one, they'll carry it to their stash and set it down. Then they'll sit on this pile of balls like they're laying eggs. I'm still waiting for them to start squawking like chickens.
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Old 02-10-2004, 05:23 PM
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OMG! The crackers remind me of another cat that I gave to my ex (they deserved each other ).
We had to keep all bread stuffs in the pantry or it would be toast (sorry, couldn't resist ).
She would rip through the bag the second you turned your back.
The one I really remember is climbing out on the odd side of the bed (facing the wall side) and wondering what I just crunched on. I find upon lifting the dust ruffle an entire bag of shredded, stale english muffins.
That's when I started working on my "Miko the Crack Kitty" comic.
She was cultivating drugs under my bed using stale english muffins for the cultures it produced.
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Old 02-10-2004, 06:08 PM
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lucretia, those are called "winken balls" here. winken the wonderful loves tinsel balls. she will chew on the for hours, and then sing to the winken ball like a humpback whale. the weirdest sound you ever heard at 3am. she puts her's in the food dish after play.
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Old 02-10-2004, 06:47 PM
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We can't leave tomatoes on the kitchen counter anymore. They have been deemed "playthings" and we will find them strewn around the house.

We used to have a big grey tabby male named Friendly. He would often drag my Barbie dolls out into the middle of the rug during the night for a tryst.
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Old 02-10-2004, 07:55 PM
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Your love cat just can't get enough human hugs, therefore steals that which smells most humanish. Not you're neglecting the fuzzball, but the cat probably loves human pheromone and there just can not possibly get enough attention.

LittleCat is a whore for attention and is so affectionate it's downright annoying. There is no such thing as "enough hugs and pets" no matter how much attention she gets. She'll swipe socks and undies out of the laundry basket, bras are just grand as far as she's concerned. She was over the moon on a hot summer night when she found Sniffs_Markers sweaty t-shirt.

Snuggling up to that is almost as good as snuggling up to human litter-mate.
I don't know... something tells me that it's because the things smell period, not because they smell like us. Halfie hates the dog, but he goes insane whenever he finds his muzzle. Dragging it around, putting his head in it to smell it, rolling on it... I think our used clothes just smell interestingly strong too.
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Old 02-10-2004, 08:16 PM
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My female cat (Bonk) loves to lick Ziploc bags. And paw at paper on the ground for HOURS. Stand on it with 3 paws, dig with one. Dig dig dig dig. And she'll only play with hair ties and crinkled-up candy wrappers.

Tomcat (Boom) yowls in the window, which I'm trying to break him of via water. He alwso contorts himself into some of the strangest postions. I just stare at him while he slep and think, "Does he have a spine?" And he loves playing with milk rings.

Kitten (Crash) is just insane like a kitten, duh. But he does "sneak" onto my lap. He loooves sleeping on us. So, if we push him away, he'll put one paw on our lap, then another, then scoot his torso up, and suddenly there's a cat on my lap!

Nobody hoards things, but I think that'd be so cute.
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Old 02-10-2004, 09:12 PM
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Why don't you make Cat his own nest (in a little basket?) of your old, unwashed clothes, the ones you were going to throw out. You probably won't be able to smell it but he'll be in kitty heaven.

Sometimes avoiding the problem is as good a response as solving it.
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Old 02-11-2004, 05:45 AM
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Why don't you make Cat his own nest (in a little basket?) of your old, unwashed clothes, the ones you were going to throw out. You probably won't be able to smell it but he'll be in kitty heaven.

Sometimes avoiding the problem is as good a response as solving it.
I was about to suggest this. We have a basket full of worn-out clothes (mostly T shirts) specifically for the cats. They LOVE it.

My cat, Sapphire the slut, AKA bratcat (and I'm afraid that she DOES come by all these nicknames honestly) used to drag brushes and featherdusters around. My daughter could not leave her cosmetic brushes out, nor could we leave the basting brush unattended for a second...Sapphire would jump up to the Forbidden Counter and drag her treasure away. We finally got her a couple of those catnip-filled cloth squares and a couple of toy mousies. She loves them to pieces, and in fact we keep several backup mousies in a drawer. Her particular favorites are "Bouncy Mousies", which have an elastic cord attached to a hangar. You put the hangar over a door jamb, and the cat can happily swat and kill the mousie for HOURS. Sapphire, of course, prefers that her humans join in with this play, and I'd say that she gets about 2 hours of mousie play with various humans over the course of an average day.

And of course cats do weird things...isn't that why we keep them around, because they're amusing? I love to watch our pair play with each other, it's better than any TV show.
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Old 02-11-2004, 07:24 AM
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And of course cats do weird things...isn't that why we keep them around, because they're amusing? I love to watch our pair play with each other, it's better than any TV show.
Ain't that the truth? We have to drop what we're doing when Mr. Kalhoun or I say, "C'mere quick! You gotta see what (Devil) (Echo) (Quicksilver) is doing!" THis morning's alarm was that "The Infant" (Quicksilver) was rolling around in our shell-shaped bathroom sink! Just being adorable!
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Old 02-11-2004, 07:49 AM
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My male cat, Tommy has a foot fetish. The second I take off ANY pair of shoes I've been wearing, he jumps on top, lays down over them and buries his head in em, makin squishy-feets.

My little female, Boo-Boo, loves to lick and bite my hair, usually when I'm trying to sleep. She does not meow, she "trills". She is also a little thief. ANYTHING that can be batted around a floor gets stolen. Gum wrappers, bottle caps (especially bottle caps...I'll have a 2-liter bottle on my desk while reading something, pour myself a glass, and....wtf, where'd the bottle cap go?), random bits of food you've not yet eaten, cigarette butts out of the ashtray, lighters, paper money...anything not tied down and battable is fair game, far as she's concerned. I went to sweep the kids' bathroom the other day (usually hubby and the kids clean it) and opened their linen closet. I found the floor of their linen closet COVERED in bottle caps, paper bits, receipts, gum wrappers, cracker packets, and, I kid you not, a hundred dollar bill, all apparently lost under the door jamb when a game of "Bat Around Something I Stole from Mommy's Desk" went awry...*sigh* I love my little Boo-Boo...

Lily-bird is the "Momma" kitty. She gives me baths when it's time to go to bed, and absolutely cannot (apparently) allow me to go to sleep unless her face is right up in mine, noses barely touching. (You really do get used to it...after a while...)
When it's time to wake up and I'm avidly trying to ignore my alarm, she's always the persistent one, licking my face and walking all over me to wake me up till I get up and turn it off.
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Old 02-11-2004, 07:54 AM
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I seem to recall reading in the "Animal Doctor" column that many animals have a licking fetish with plastic bags because animal byproducts are used in the manufacturing process. Ick.

Max has the same obsession with certain household items and is notoriously interested in anything with a slick fabric (he licks the lining in my winter coat, any non-cotton underwear, etc.). I used to have a cat who was fascinated by some strands of cheap Mardi Gras beads and used to carry them around with her.
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Old 02-11-2004, 08:56 AM
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I think Eats_Crayons may be right on the money (at least with my cat). Kitty-cat is a whore for attention..he always has to be pet

My other Charlie-cat, he loves to jump on counters and knock stuff off it with his paw. He's not particularly interested in the items he knocks down, he just likes to clean off the counter, I guess.
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Old 02-11-2004, 03:01 PM
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It must be the natural fibers, i.e., feathers and whatever-they-make-natural-blush-brushes-out-of. I swear, it sounds like she's going to say something in English fercrissakes.
My feather duster is made out of "naturally shed ostrich feathers," so take that for what it's worth. They must smell good to him. It really freaked me out the first few times he did it, and yes, the crying sound is just odd. Sometimes I do think he's about to speak to me. Sometimes he makes that chittering sound. It's like a deep gutteral sound. Then he switches back to the crying.


harmless, my other cat is a bag-licker, too. The grocery store bags or the wrapping on toilet paper multi-packs. Drives me nuts. I can't stand the sound - it's like fingernails on a chalkboard.
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Old 02-11-2004, 03:36 PM
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Pawing the floor around the food bowl

One of our cats often paws the floor around the food bowl, digging his claws into the carpet. What is this cat behavior based on? Is he trying to tell us that he would rather have different food, or is he trying to establish dominance or possession of the food?
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Old 02-11-2004, 07:18 PM
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One of our cats often paws the floor around the food bowl, digging his claws into the carpet. What is this cat behavior based on? Is he trying to tell us that he would rather have different food, or is he trying to establish dominance or possession of the food?
Could be playing with his food (dead rat), could be excited, could be marking territory. Depends on the exact nature of the pawing and clawing.
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Could be a drag queen.
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