Cat-chy Cat BehaviorsPublished June 22, 2011
Cats can exhibit some odd behavior, like the pictured cat climbing in the chair. What weird behaviors do your cats exhibit?
Over the 17 years Marty and I have been married, we have developed some weird habits. For instance; sleep eludes me if I don't eat chocolate pudding every night as a bedtime snack. And while Marty doesn't exhibit any unusual ritualistic behaviors, he does have one particularly annoying habit that, even with my most gentle protestations, I have not so far been able to change: he'll read all his mail before he hands over any letters to me, and it drives me nuts!
Since our cats watch us like hawks (constantly following us around to check out what we are doing), I got to wondering if we may have, in some way or other, inadvertently set an example for them. I wonder whether they may be picking up on our eccentricities, emulating our behavior in their own weird feline way.
While it is true that Sir Hubble Pinkerton, whose strange habit of walking around the bathroom, jumping into the litter box, quickly exiting, and repeating the pattern precisely three times prior to actually using the box was diagnosed several years ago as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (for which he is being treated), he has recently developed an odd piece of behavior that my husband considers disgusting.
Sir Pinkerton loves to chew and suck on toys. He has already decimated most of our Rosie Rats and catnip-filled mice, leaving only a small trail of remnants behind. To prevent any major medical complications, we have taken all of these toys away, leaving him anxious and frustrated. But since he is thoroughly into chewing and sucking on soft furry objects, lately he has been sublimating this behavior on Dr. Hush Puppy’s ears.
Initially Hush Puppy protests his overtures by threatening to throttle him. But he eventually succumbs to this outrageous humiliation, allowing Sir Pinkerton to wrap his paws around his neck with an anaconda vice-grip. In just a few minutes, Hush Puppy’s ears are sticky, smelly and soaking wet, but Sir Pinkerton continues the onslaught.
On the other paw, often when Marty and I are at the dining table, inevitably Hush Puppy will jump on the arm of my power wheel chair. With a glance I have learned to correctly interpret, Hush Puppy commands me to take him on a ride around the house. If I don’t comply quickly enough to suit him, his meows of protestation are loud enough to wake our neighbors. And while their unique purrsonality traits may sometimes be slightly disturbing, they can also be quite entertaining.
What kind of “weird” behavior do your pets exhibit? Do share in a comment.