The weird things cats do

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by wendy rogers (san jose,ca.us)

cat in wash image added

cat in wash image added

We have a 3 year old cat that seems to have an issue with WET wash clothes. She can be heard yelling out that she has something to show us. Taking it all the way down the stairs is to much work. So, she’ll leave it in the hall way. Or our bedroom. Why? Sounds like she wants everyone to know she got the wet cloth out of the tub.

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Cat Retrieves Shoes

by Margaret (Fremont, California)

Cat Likes Shoes

Cat Likes Shoes

The cat likes shoes. My eight year old cat Izaac is a real character and very talkative. One of the funniest things he does is collect shoes that are laying around in the garage. If your shoes are in the garage, you can guarantee that by morning when you open the door, they will be perfectly lined up side by side on the door step. The funny thing is you can hear him retrieving the shoes because he makes a real loud deep meowing sound while holding the shoe in his mouth.

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Cat Scratching

by Nicky D (Patterson. New Jersey)

Cat Scratching

Cat Scratching

A cat scratching is a natural behavior for felines. No matter how it might impact the fabric on your $5,000 new sofa. Your cat is not scratching to defy you. They are sending you a message. That message is give me something to scratch please. When his urge to scratch hits, he isn’t too picky about what to scratch. In the wild, everything is fair game. Your cat isn’t trying to damage your belongings. He’s trying to sharpen his claws. In the wild, a cat might use a tree trunk or fence post for scratching. But since your living room probably lacks those things, the next best thing is something wooden, like the legs on your expensive new coffee table. De clawing your cat isn’t the only way to protect your furniture. Instead of going to this extreme, set up a few standing scratch posts around your house for your cat to scratch. He’ll be happy to have his own scratching place – which is better suited to his needs anyway.Your cat scratching means more to your feline friend than just a way to tend his claws. De clawing your cat won’t stop the other natural reasons for scratching, like being playful. A scratching post is a great stress reliever for your cat.Some cats use the post as a pretend playmate. They also have a need to conquer perceived foes. Your cat may take on the scratching post, gripping it with his claws and wrestling it into submission. Make sure the post is anchored solidly. If the post is too easy to tip over, your cat may ignore it in favor of that nice, stable dining room table leg. If your cat plays with the scratching post when you’re home, but returns to the chair when you’re not around, you may have to resort to a trick. Knowing that your cat has very keen sense of smell, hang bold fragrance room deodorizer or commercial cat repellent near the chair. Your cat will not enjoy scratching in that location anymore.Place the approved scratched post in a location where the smell factor is neutral and where there’s some privacy so your cat can sneak up on the post as a pretend prey. When the cat scratching post looks worn out, don’t be so quick to toss it.Instead, put the new post beside the old post until your cat starts to use it. After you see some wear on the new post, then you can throw away the old one. Your cat and your couch will love you for this effort!

My cat soxx thinks hes a commando

by joyce loftus (manchester ,uk)

Commando Cats

Commando Cats

I’ll get up in the morning and walk into the living room ,shouting “soxx!””soxx where are you ?!”next minuet he’ll appear from know where and pounce on me smacking my ankles on either side with his paws, then he’ll run off.I’ll find him hiding behind doors,under towels etcHe jumps out at me at every opportunity its so funny!He’ll crawl on his belly across the floor for over 4 foot ,he’s always pretending to be a commando.

Cats Play With Food

by Sherie (Tampa, Florida, USA)

Cats Play With Food

Cats Play With Food

Why cats play with food. Have you ever wondered how your cat can be so picky about cleaning her paws and so messy in your kitchen? Some cat owners get dish after dish, looking for the one that won’t spill when the cat plays with it. It’s not about the container. It’s about the natural instinct of your cat to play with their food. Don’t fight it embrace it and get a hand vacuum! Your tidy pile of cat nibbles in the dish are quickly scattered by your cat, who is hunting in the dish for the ideal pray or in this case morsel. Once chosen, your cat takes the nibble back to a favorite hiding place under your chair or behind a table. Your cat may play with the food for a while before eating. That’s just the way cats are so don’t try to rush the process. This is fun for your feline friend and a natural instinct.No matter how comfy your cats place is in your home in his heart he is a cat on the hunt. From kitchen food dish to hiding place, your cat treats food the same, as he would out in the wild. At least they try if you don’t rush them by picking up the prey and putting it back in the dish. In the wild, cats play with food and spend quality time stalking and catching prey for dinner. Then they play with the mouse, let it go and run it down again. It’s almost like working up an appetite before dinner at least in cat perspective. When a pampered house cat has food delivered neatly to his dish twice daily, he misses the activity that he instinctively craves as part of his dining ritual. So don’t fuss at your cat for playing with his food.Bowl-fed cats can give up the instinct and become fat, lazy fur balls. While it may result in neater eating habits, it’s not good for your cat’s health. Granted, you may not want to let live mice loose in your house just so your cat can get exercise. You can choose cat toys that have re-fill able centers in which to place snacks. Scatter these toys around the house so your cat can “discover” the treat. The rolling toys also allow your cat to chase and conquer the toy, then extract the food. Dry foods like nibble types are perfect for these toys, since there’s no moisture or spoilage.Knowing that your cat wants to hunt even inside the home, keep houseplants off the floor. Ivy, dieffenbachia, azaleas and poinsettias are poisonous to your cat and dangerous for children as well. You can put those out of reach of a toddler, but remember that your cat easily scales the dining room table to get to the plant. Choose other types of plants. At the holidays, put real poinsettias on the porch or patio and use silk poinsettias inside the house. Along with treat filled toys leave toys around that your cat is allowed to chew. Some cats are as big on chewing as dogs are, so if that’s your cat’s method of play give them something besides the sofa pillows to gnaw on.Cats play with food and although it can be messy we should support their natural instincts. This is just my opinion but one that is supported by many cat behaviorists.