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Cat dragging stuff

by Danielle
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Cat dragging things

Cat dragging things

Cat dragging stuff and crying. I seriously need help figuring this one out. Okay, so when my cat was a baby, she used to snatch up socks and walk around with them in her mouth, it was so rare to see her doing it, so i just dismissed it as cute kitten behavior.

Well now she's about a year, and she just had 3 kittens, and she is snagging ALL clothes. Pants, shorts, shirts, socks, bathrobes, and towels. Anything she finds laying on the floor or in her reach, she grabs and drags around. NOT ONLY, is she doing this more and more often, but she also lets out a terribly loud cry while doing it, as if she is in heat, even though shes not. Is this like a sign of stress? or maybe even just a form of OCD for cats?

Is there ANYONE who can help me in making her stop? its so unbelievably annoying to have to worry about what is going to be laying in the middle of my living room every time I get home with company. please any help? Leave your comments here and thank you in advance!

Reply to NJ cat: My cat does a similar thing in this case I do not think it has to do with the hunting instinct. I think that is a separate issue. With my cat (and the original post) it sounds like a maternal/kitten thing. My cat Lucy has had a fuzzy ball toy since she was a kitten, she is now about 16 years old.

She has never played with any other toy and she is not a hunter. All her life she has (maybe 2-3 times a day and at night)began meowing LOUDLY (as if in heat)and carrying the ball around. It has often reminded me of a cat carrying a kitten. Sometimes she will bring it to us, but very rarely. More often she moves it from room to room, sometimes puts it in my shoes, or on the couch, or in her sleeping basket.

She does it by herself and stops if anyone comes in the room. It is very strange. I have often thought that it might have had something to do with her mother or kitten hood or perhaps that she had a heat before she was spayed? I don't know. Hopefully your cat's behavior will taper off and become more manageable.

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Silly cats
by: Sarah

My Zina drags things as well and makes a loud sound, but she drags my daughters clothes from her room to my room and puts them under my side of the bed in my room never anybody else's just my daughters and it's usually 3 items, different items every night. I thought she was strange at first. Glad to know it's not just my cat, but wish I knew what it meant.

Sock dragging
by: Anonymous

My daughter who is in college taking animal behavior major says the cat is dragging the socks as a substitute for prey. But here is the really weird part - the cat always drags socks out of the laundry in multiples of 3 and then stops until we clean them up. 3 socks or 6 socks or 9 socks. Hasn't done 12 socks yet.

Male Maine Coon
by: Irish665

From reading, this behavior does seem to affect a great number of Maine Coons. I seriously don't think it has anything to do with maternal issues or momma cats missing their kittens. My neutered, male cat started this with a long, black shoe string when he was a kitten. He would drag it, while walking backwards and crying. It looked like the shoestring was chasing him and we laughed it off and called it his snake. It then escalated to socks, then my scarves. Now, it is any piece of my clothes he can find.

Although there are 5 people in our house, he only carries my clothes and it seems he prefers items made of really soft, t-shirt knit, like PJs. He generally does this in the evening when I am sitting on the sofa and he brings the items up onto the sofa next to me. If I have his favorite blanket, he'll knead and knead with the item n his mouth. Until he finally settles down and lays on it. After we go to bed, he will bring all of the items back upstairs and drop them outside our bedroom door. It's weird and I'd love to know the reason.

Mama cat carries socks
by: Anonymous

My Maine Coon mix would carry socks and cry as we gave her kittens away. It was heartbreaking although they went to wonderful homes.
Her second (and last) litter we noticed she started doing the same thing but BEFORE any kittens left. She is a very great mother to her kittens. I chalk it up to either her having "empty nest" syndrome as her kittens are weaning... Or hormonal changes.
Hope this helps!

helpfull advice
by: Anonymous

my cat does the same thing to and she does it all day and it means that's his or her toy. The best way to get your cat is when he or she is dragging it tell your cat to "drop it!" in a tone of voice because that's what I tell my cat and she will drop it. ~ I hope I was help full for you.


Male cat night time sock mover
by: joan

My neutered male Maine Coon cat who is about 5 years of age has taken up the habit of carrying my grandsons rolled up socks into the dining area each night . He makes the sound a Momma cat would make as he transports these socks. They are always my my little grandsons ( I have two 3 yr old g-sons) and he always takes them to the same place. where I sit when on the computer. He just started doing this in the last 4 months.

His quirks before this was his love of chewing on plastic to the point where I have to keep 6-packs of soda out of his reach or he will chew the plastic carrier off of them . I have to be ever so careful because he actually will swallow plastic pieces resulting in him gagging on them and throwing up. His peculiar quirks all started with his rubber band fetish. He actually would pull rubber bands off packs of photos I had banded together in a box under my bed.

Now I deal with his rubber band, plastic chewing, sock toting (he will dig them out of a closed sock bag that I keep them in) doing his Momma sounding meowing as he moves the socks it is only ever my grand babies socks. We make a game out of what socks the cat has picked out for them. Oh did I mention that he only ever asks for food at night with his way of doing it ever laying on top of me even if I am laying on my side by pulling at my hair. I smile as I write this because the cat definitely is intelligent.

He never fails to amaze me or scare me as he is so big that he easily can stand on his hind legs and use his front paws to move the door handles. Not a good thing to hear your front door knob being turned at 3 in the morning. It isn't maternal this sock toting behavior of his and not a hunting behavior it is something which i would love to know why cats do it.

I see everyone whose cat does this behavior tries to explain the behavior according to what they think is the reason for their cat to do so and each of their answers seem to be a different one.It appears that if it is more common for cats to do this than we know that maybe there really is a common reason . I never think I know the answer when it comes to a pet not till said pet is able to talk and tell me the real reason and in that case I wouldn't need to write to you all.

cat dragging moccasin
by: Anonymous

Our 5 year old male neutered indoor tabby has dragged an old moccasin of mine around since he was a kitten. Seldom see him with it but it travels to back door in morning, kitchen living room and hallway during the day, and at bedtime he meows with it and drops it on floor beside our bed. We call it his girlfriend. Once in awhile it is in his water bowl. We wonder if he is trying to wash it, give it a drink, or drown it!

Kody
by: Cindy

I have three cats and only one does this. He did it a few years back and stopped. Now I have had surgery and sleeping in the chair and he does it every night. It is usually my slippers or the snowman on my table but the other day it was my cell phone. Kinda heavy I thought for a cat. And he too makes this horrid sound. I think he knows I hurt and is trying to help me.

Psychological trauma?
by: Anonymous

My very old cat (14) has done this for years now. When she was about 3 or 4 she miscarried several kittens because she was so small at the time and I've always thought this behavior was as a result of that. But reading the comments would suggest I'm mistaken. Has anyone else's cat had still births?

Carrying stuff and crying
by: Anonymous

One (and only 1) of my 3 cats, Sukie, has started doing this 2 or 3 times a day with 2 favorite toys. She's about 18 months' old and was spayed a couple of months back. She's such a quiet cat normally, that this always attracts attention. I just praise her and then she looks happy and goes about her business.

Interested to hear other cats doing this too. For me it's not a problem as it's not constant. If it's constant as with the original poster's cat it may well relate to her only recently having had the kittens and should tail off to acceptable levels as her hormones return to normal.

Phew dragging cats
by: Anonymous

Really glad I found this page!!! I thought my cat was the only mental case to do this!! I have a girl called Missy who's about 5 and drags all my clothes around - never my partners just mine. She does a funny meow whilst doing it. Now I know she's just quirky! the funniest thing I've seen her drag was a draft excluder (stops under door drafts) so funny as she's such a small cat dragging this huge long thing under her belly :) cute!

Sock bandit
by: LP

I adopted sister kittens about 4 years ago. One of them is a "sock bandit" because she will find socks (even in closed drawers), generally in the middle of the night or when no one is home, meows that strange, low yowl, and leaves them all over the rug in our den. She was spayed as soon as she was old enough. Glad to see she is not the only bandit!

Ignore the clothes and the cat will stop
by: Anonymous

I think that this is your cat attention seeking and wanting praise from you. My friend's cat did this with worms, so count yourself lucky with socks! When you see the items of clothing, I would guess you are exclaiming and picking them up and moving them away.

The cat thinks you are pleased with her (it doesn't know that you're saying 'how annoying' and not 'how wonderful), and continues to do this for more praise. The solution might be to completely ignore the things that your cat is moving about until the cat can't see you. Pretend the clothes are not there and go about your normal routine. When the cat isn't around, pick the clothing up and put it away. Don't let the cat see you are bothered by it - it thinks it is doing a good thing for you!

dragging shoes out of my room
by: Anonymous

My cat somehow likes to drags my shoes out to the hallway at home. I keep missing one side of my shoes or sneakers. This includes slippers, boot and flip-flops. The cutest thing about this is he lets you know what he did by meowing!

Gizmo the Cat burglar
by: Anonymous

When Gizmo was about 2 or 3 we had just moved into a new neighborhood and he wasn't use to going outside by himself. He started going out of his yard and when he came home he started bringing stuff home, like a lip pencil, socks, a tee shirt (we had to help him get it through a hole in the fence).

One day he brought home a glove, the next day he brought home the matching glove. We had a granddaughter visiting us and he would get her socks and take them outside through the cat door and put them under the deck.

Now Gizmo is 13 and he just carries his pieces of elastic ( he has about 5 pieces) upstairs into the bedroom while he is making a very loud noise with the elastic in his mouth.

I used to throw the elastic down stairs but then started feeling sorry for him that he had to carry them back up. He takes them down some times and brings them back up. This usually happens just at night when you are sleeping but the noise he makes wakes you up. He likes the black elastic the best!

cat dragging shoes
by: Anonymous

My cat is 13 and in the past year started pulling my heavy leather shoes out of a hall basket and drag them into the living room. She makes a howling sound too but usually does it at night or when no one is looking. Often its leather shoes so I wonder if this has something to do with it?

Cat dragging stuff - mine too!
by: Lorraine

When my cat Pike has a good meal, she thanks me by dragging socks in my direction. She cries a weird cry as she does it. It is her way of thanking me for her dinner. She is "treating" me!

My cats crazy sock thing
by: sparky

I have two lovely cats , Missy is six and has recently started bringing me socks whilst crying. I think its a hunting substitute, which i really dont mind because i always have trouble finding my socks in the morning.

The best bit of all is she only brings me clean socks never dirty! its a little quirk she has which is really helpful to me!

Baby baby
by: Anonymous

My cat Mena has had a cat beanie baby since she was a kitten. She is now almost 13 years old. She loves to bring us her toy howling and carrying it in her mouth.

Sometimes it will go weeks and she doesn't mess with it but most days she'll move it at least once.

Once she senses that we see her she will immediately put it down and want to be praised. We tell her what a good girl she is for bringing us the "baby baby."

That makes her happy and then goes about her business. We have many other small stuffed animals but she only loves the baby baby. A few times I have found it in the food or water bowl. Once she put it in the litter.

I guess that was a mistake because she wouldn't mess it again until after I put it in the wash. LOL!

gonzo and his sock blanky
by: Anonymous

my 9 week old kitten Gonzo does this also. He will get my sock, usually a fuzzy one I have and run with it into a hidden place. if i get near him he will growl and hiss and try to scratch. Weird cat behavior?

My Cat
by: Anonymous

My cat does this as well, and she has been spayed, never had kittens, and is elderly for a cat (she is 16).

She has just recently started doing this with my socks and footies, she carries them around, mouths them and meows, or wails, as though she is calling kittens.

The really odd thing is she will not do this with anyone else' socks but mine! If my husbands are on the floor, she will ignore them.

Char-Char
by: udontned2no...

We have a cat, Charlie, and he had a snowman, and still has it. He carries it around the house, caterwals, and, well, sort of mates with it every night,

And when did you get the cat fixed? Charlie was, (we think) mating when we got him fixed, so he is looking for his significant other feline. But he has to settle for the snowman. LOL!

GIZMO AND SOCK
by: Rhonda

My Cat Gizmo does the same thing, from What I read and researched it has to do with hording, he is the only one out of the 3 brothers that do this, 2 of them I managed to catch when they were like 6 wks old.

The feral mom brought them to the carport, Gizmo on the other hand didn't catch till he was about 5 months old, and only caught him cause he was so sick he was very close to dying, after about 300 or so bucks he is alive and well.

But back to the socks, what I read is when they are kittens in the wild the momma cat brings mice, birds or any prey she had hunted and killed back to the kitten to provide them with food once they are able to eat on their own, and sometimes it just a natural instinct the cats pick up on and some act it out.

Instead of actual prey they will use something else as in gizmos case he chooses socks and leaves them all over the kitchen...just as when we were kids we played house or grocery store in play. It not nothing to be concerned about.

It is just something natural and instinctive that has turned into cat play since they have no need to hunt, Hope this helps not an expert but that is what i have researched and it did make since. :)

Jack cat does too!
by: Nancy in Dallas

I have a male cat who is indoor/outdoor and has been neutered. So much for the indoor hunting theories and mother/kitten theories.

Besides the yowling being disturbing, the underwear and tshirts from the laundry basket all over the floor. When arriving with guests it is very embarrassing, he is also putting holes via teeth marks in all of my clothes that he drags.

Jack is also prone to chewing the tip of his tail which creates a crazy pattern in his fur!

Spay Her
by: Anonymous

Domestic cats should be spayed. From a behavioral point of view, it stops spraying and other type of obsessive behavior very often.

From a compassionate standpoint, we have hundreds of thousands of kittens being put down for lack of a home. Adopt if you want more, you can have all the cat love in the world and save lives at the same time!

Wow cats and socks
by: Tiffany

I never realized how common it is for cats to use socks, etc. as playthings or substitute kittens or whatever. It's good to know that, even if we don't exactly know why.

Thanks For Sharing Everyone!
Tiffany / Arkansas

sock stealer
by: Anonymous

I, too, have a sock lifting cat. I just adopted him from a family who was going to take him to the pound. He's about 7 years old, and each time I take dirty laundry to the basement, he brings up all the socks - again, with the muffled, tortured MEOW! I've spoken to his former family, and they said he's always done this. He does kick at the sock with his hind legs and lays on it a few minutes, then goes about his business. I am constantly picking up socks.. but I'm happy he has a hobby!

Yowling cats
by: Martina

I used to worry about my one cat (I have three) as I would hear yowling and thought she might be in distress, but every time I went to check she was carrying her foam ball in her mouth and yowling at the same time (I ignore it now). I think it's just part of play for her, but it does sound distressing for sure!

dragging mine too!
by: daria

my 9 year old selkirk rex has been doing this all her life. I'd say at least 2 or 3 times a week I'll hear her in another room letting out this pathetic muffled wail, and I'll know she either have a toy, a sock, or one of my hair ties in her mouth when she comes in the room.

Hunter Cat
by: Patti

I have an older indoor male cat who will satisfy his hunting needs by "conquering" wide terry hair elastics. He meows loudly while carrying an elastic in his mouth and plays with it as if it was a mouse.

Sometimes late at night (2 a.m.?) he will meow while coming up the hallway, then jump on the bed with his victim. He tosses it in the air and pounces on it many times, and if it lands on the floor, he fetches it back up onto the bed again.

He truly seems to be into the hunt/play/kill routine, and definitely wants praise for saving me from the dreaded hair elastic.

I would think that your cat is doing the same, but on a bigger scale...especially for her kittens.

Enjoy it! :)

Proud Praise
by: Tiffany

I had a cat that used to do the same. She'd help herself to the spare sock basket, and then she'd drop it at my feet & wait for praise.

I'm pretty sure that's how inside kitties sort of satisfy their hunting instinct. She'd let out her cry, also, while "killing" the sock. Then, she absolutely would NOT leave me alone until I praised her. It went something like this, "Oh, yes. You're such a good girl for killing that sock! Good girl." After that, she'd go about her business.

I always thought it was kind of funny, But, whatever the feeling, I don't think it's anything to worry about.

missing babies?
by: Anonymous

Hi there,do you still have her kittens?If not she might be looking for them.

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