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Title: Weird things your pets do
Post by: lkdrymom on July 08, 2012, 06:01:02 PM
I have a ten month old Maine Coon named Rudi. He is the love of my life. But he just ain't right.  His biggest quirk is that throw rugs facinate him. He HAS TO CRAWL UNDER each and every one. Our kitchen has several and every morning his ritual is to pull up everyone and hide under it.  He also has a thing for plastic wrap and bags. We have to hide them or he will eat them.

Blossom is my 10 year old Siamese. Her thing is ribbon...like the type you wrap Christmas presents with. She has to lick them.  All our presents under the tree get a good licking. She also takes offence at garland...tinsil or imitation pine, doesn't matter. If you put it up she pulls it down. For years it wasn't Christmas until you heard me yelling 'D@mmit Blossom"...that was like Merry Christmas in our house.  I admit defeat...we no longer decorate with garland.

Vincenzo our 2 year old Maine Coon sees ghosts.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Outdoor Girl on July 08, 2012, 06:47:44 PM
Peggy has a plastic fetish, too.  Although she just licks it; she doesn't eat it.

Sassy dips her paw in the water bowl then licks the water off.  I did catch her drinking normally today, though.

My previous cat, Misty, loved to play with the curlicue ribbon.  Which I let her do until the day it was coming out her butt!

And the one before that, Tuffy, liked to ride down the hill from the bush, sitting in front of my Dad on the ATC (All Terrain Cycle - 3 wheels instead of 4).

My very first cat, Blackie, was a real hunter.  He was a big black cat and hated any other animal coming on his property, especially if it was black.  And what colour are skunks?!?
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 08, 2012, 07:21:52 PM
Boris, aka his Lordship, had a thing about newspapers.  he'd get on top of a stack of them, and start shredding them.  NOt all the time, but every now and then, and if you tried to take them away from him, he'd give you the kitty death glare. 

he also loves the smell of eucalyptus.  my mom had a small Christmas tree made out of it, and he'd get up on the cabinet it was on, and just sniff it.  What was funny is he hated any other kind of scent, or flagrance, but loved that darn tree.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Shakira on July 08, 2012, 07:37:43 PM
Our cat, Stuey, loves to play with packing paper. I bought something breakable which the shop wrapped with packing paper. I left it on the countertop and he went up there and drug it down. He keeps it on his blanket and lays under it, or runs from across the room and pounces onto it.

His current piece of paper has been living next to his blanket for almost two months. It used to be 2 square feet, and now it's down to three maybe 8 inch square scraps. I don't dare throw them out, he loves them so much.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 08, 2012, 07:47:55 PM
My late cousin's kitty, Noel, LOVED tissue paper.  she always had a few sheets on the floor for her, and NOel would roll on it, shred it, and have a great time with it.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Pippen on July 08, 2012, 08:03:35 PM
I was looking after someones cat for a few months and if I left the attic door open he would be in there like a shot and not come out for days. He would spend all night wandering around in the ceiling cavities in my bedroom with his bell tinkling away. Once I was having a shower and I looked up and he was peering down at me through the extractor fan in the ceiling. He was a weird cat. I have no idea how he managed to get into that unit.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: finecabernet on July 08, 2012, 08:33:50 PM
My cat Lucinda loves to yank out large tufts of her fur. It's not a nervous thing. It's just something she's always done. She also likes to wake me up in the middle of the night when she wants affection by digging her claws in my scalp. It always gets a reaction for her.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: lkdrymom on July 08, 2012, 09:14:39 PM
Forgot to mention the beta fish bowl. Vincenzo and Rudi love to stick their paw in and swish around. Then they lick the water off. Now my elderly balck cat does it too. You will see a line of cats waiting to jump onto the top of the computer desk where the fish bowls are. For extra fun if mom (me) is sitting at the computer...she loves it when you shake a wet paw at her.

Vincenzo also has a thing for the hard wood floor polish we use. It must be made of cat nip.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 08, 2012, 09:54:46 PM
I was looking after someones cat for a few months and if I left the attic door open he would be in there like a shot and not come out for days. He would spend all night wandering around in the ceiling cavities in my bedroom with his bell tinkling away. Once I was having a shower and I looked up and he was peering down at me through the extractor fan in the ceiling. He was a weird cat. I have no idea how he managed to get into that unit.

You just reminded me of something His Lordship would do.  We had under the eaves attic storage, so basically two doors on either side of the upstairs hall. He loved to go in there, and if you went anywhere near that door, he'd be there like a shot!  And cry piteously to be let in.  So you'd let him in, he'd bolt and wander around.  He got locked in several times too, and you'd hear this faint "merrrrow" and know he got locked in.  I don't know why he was so fascinated by it, but he was.  I loved that cat, but he wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer.  Loveable, but not that swift.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: AmethystAnne on July 08, 2012, 10:13:20 PM
Our oldest cat once hopped into the dryer when my back was turned, and the door got shut. Later, I realized that I hadn't seen him for awhile and started calling for him. I heard this muted meow, and thought he had gotten stuck somewhere.

Several years later, I had left the dryer door open to transfer wet things from the washer to the dryer, and when I turned back to the dryer, our male cat had hopped in and was marking the dryer as his. <ew>
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: nutraxfornerves on July 08, 2012, 10:27:45 PM
One of my cats has a favorite toy I call Carrot.

This is Carrot:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41gmvUo7Q0L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

There is a velcro sealed pouch where you insert a sort of tea bag full of catnip. I haven't done that in ages, although I do occasionally rub Carrot with catnip.

Carrot is very old. The feathers are gone. My cat does not want to play with Carrot when I am around. But apparently Carrot is a favorite when I am gone. I will return to find Carrot in all sorts of places. On my bed. In the bathtub. On the computer desk. On the sofa. Under the sofa. On the floor in some random room of the house.

I would love to know exactly what the cat and Carrot are getting up to in my absence.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Miriam on July 08, 2012, 11:15:32 PM
My cat Mulan was accidentally spanked once with a fly swatter, and now she can't get enough of it. She chews on it, drools on it, so we jokingly tap her belly with it but she wants more. She's known as super freak now.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Slartibartfast on July 08, 2012, 11:56:59 PM
Haiku (the pup in my avatar) can't stand to see anyone leave the house.  If he thinks someone is leaving, he grabs the nearest toy and starts growling and shaking it like it's prey.  This is fine (if highly annoying) when he does it with his own toys, but usually he can't find anything of his close enough.  So then he'll growl and shake shoes, toddler toys, plastic cups, and occasionally DH's freeweights (which Haiku can't even lift, but he sure tries!).  It's like he panics and can't do a proper freak-out unless he has something to shake.  One memorable time I found him with a tiny scrap of a receipt clenched delicately between his front teeth, which he tried hard to pretend was something more ferocious.

Of course, he's gotten more perceptive about people leaving, too.  When he was a pup, it was just hearing the word "Goodbye."  Then he picked up on the sound of keys jingling.  Now it seems like everything sets him off: keys, goodbyes, anyone putting on shoes, anyone standing up purposefully, the phrase "headed back to work" (even if it's midnight and we're in bed when DH says it!), etc.  I got in the habit of giving DH a kiss before he left the house each morning - now Haiku freaks out whenever DH and I kiss  ::)  (As a result, the first step in any game of Scrabble nowadays is to put the dogs out before opening up the game box, so to speak.)

Kiki, our other mutt, has simply discovered that her secret calling is to dig through the dirty laundry, find my undergarments, and drag them outside for some fresh air.  I have to do a sweep every time the lawn guy comes.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Bijou on July 09, 2012, 01:52:19 AM
Peggy has a plastic fetish, too.  Although she just licks it; she doesn't eat it.

Sassy dips her paw in the water bowl then licks the water off.  I did catch her drinking normally today, though.

My previous cat, Misty, loved to play with the curlicue ribbon.  Which I let her do until the day it was coming out her butt!

And the one before that, Tuffy, liked to ride down the hill from the bush, sitting in front of my Dad on the ATC (All Terrain Cycle - 3 wheels instead of 4).

My very first cat, Blackie, was a real hunter.  He was a big black cat and hated any other animal coming on his property, especially if it was black.  And what colour are skunks?!?
Our cat licks plastic bags, too.  And she thinks the bag of cough drops are her snacks because they come in a zip locked bag, too.  She also won't drink from her water bowl, but insists on having the bathroom faucet turned on to a thin stream for her to lick at.  She has fresh water, but loves that blasted faucet.
 
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: atirial on July 09, 2012, 03:33:27 AM
Matilda, the envelope eater, comes to mind. We now have a cage for letters because she loves the seal on envelopes, and will do anything to get at the gum.

She also likes playing with a jangle ball - a small felt ball with a bell in it. Her really odd one was working out that she can wait for us to roll her ball for her, or pick it up and drop it in the bath. When she pats it away it rolls back to her... and one of these days, she'll do that when there is water in there.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: ebelie on July 09, 2012, 04:04:19 AM
My cat won't drink out of her own water, only mine.  I think she thinks I'm her personal taster, just in case someone is trying to poison her.  It's taught me not to leave my water glass unattended.

She's also terrified of plastic bags because she got the handle of one caught around her neck.* Unfortunately she's not the brightest kitten in the box, because after a year of religiously avoiding plastic bags, she did exactly the same thing again.  That time it stuck and now she leaves the room if she hears even the quietest plasticky crinkle.

*Both these incidents happened when my husband and I were unpacking our groceries, she wasn't left unsupervised with plastic bags. We were able to rescue her from the crinkly monster once she'd stopped bouncing off the walls. 
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: NbyNW on July 09, 2012, 04:15:21 AM
We have to be careful which cleaning products we use and where we use them because if it has bleach in it Willow (who is technically my daughter's cat but temporarily resides with us) will rub her face in it and roll around on it.

We had a little dog named Sassy for many years. When she was little she would carry her kibble from the kitchen into the family room where she would arrange it in neat little piles then carefully "hide" it by pushing imaginary dirt over it with her nose.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Nikko-chan on July 09, 2012, 04:49:27 AM
*grin* I am loving these stories.

My late Mika-kitty had this odd habit for the longest time. She would climb up onto my bed, and creeeeep up to the pillow and plop herself on it. I barely got any pillow for myself. And then she would decide that mommy (me) was not groomed properly and she absolutely had to "groom" me. So she would nose my hair for a bit. That felt quite nice actually. Then she would nibble on it. A little weird, and it always got a chuckle out of me, but so far so good. Then she decided that my head was moving too much and would stick her claws into my head and ferociously bite upon my head like it was a tasty snack. You heard this line coming from my room at night on a regular basis:

*laughing* "No, Mika stop!" *peals of laughter, no more speech*

Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: lkdrymom on July 09, 2012, 06:13:47 AM
When the kids were little we got a Tiny Beenie Baby in a happy meal. It was a Rhino which looks just like a grey mouse...Blossom adopted this toy and took it everywhere with her. We assumed she thought it was her baby. We'd find it in the food bowl...in the water dish and of course later in the litter box.

We had an incident of 'when paper bags attack'. Had Mexican take out and it came in a paper bag with handles. Smell must have been took good for Vincenzo cause he got in the bag then got his head stuck in the handle. He panicked and took off...with the paper bag trailing. He made two complete runs of the house before we could catch him and beat the terrible bag off of him. He is 18 pounds of pure stupid.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: shadowfox79 on July 09, 2012, 06:23:22 AM
Tigger likes to adopt random places around the house to sleep in. The more inconvenient they are, the better - in the dishrack, in front of the toilet, on the wet laundry in the basket, you name it.

The last place he picked was the top of the fridge. I discovered this when I went downstairs in the middle of the night for a drink and a tail fell down in front of me. I half expected his eyes to light up when I opened the door.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: ladyknight1 on November 02, 2012, 04:54:23 PM
My son's parakeet Aragorn has a thing for the blind cord. He likes to walk around with the cord and hit the plastic end on his cage bars. He is a nut.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Kendo_Bunny on November 02, 2012, 06:33:07 PM
My cousin's cat Ghostling likes to drag around the water dish. I have no idea why, but it is never in the same place twice.

My Dad's cat MacDuff likes to roll around in the empty bathtub. He leaps into it and starts doing somersaults and wriggling and twirling and flopping around, purring his little head off.

My cat Falstaff, besides having a meow that sounds like "Mama", likes to shove people over while they're asleep. I'll wake up on different sides of the bed, and see Falstaff stretched out full length where I was asleep before, his paws pushing on my legs. He's a big cat, but he's amazingly subtle about it. I have no idea how he manages to do it almost every night without me noticing that he's shoving me over. I have a queen-size bed, but apparently half of it is needed by my mooshy-cat.

My Dad's dog Milo is not a gifted dog - I got home from a party at 4 AM. It's very late, I'll grant you. I came in as quietly as I could, and called him (quietly) down the stairs so he could see it was me. He saw me, wagged his tail, got some pets, and I went upstairs in silence. Then the Simple Dog noticed that my car was parked out front, and began barking his head off to alert us to this fact.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: andi on November 02, 2012, 09:00:42 PM
My Yorki is named "Captain Jack" for a reason - he's just an oddball. Basically he has no clue he's a dog - he plays and acts like a cat that barks. He bats at toys, only pays attention to you when he wants to and can out-stare a goldfih when he wants a treat or a lap to sit in. He also has a knack for wanting attnetion from people who don't want him around
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Minmom3 on November 02, 2012, 09:51:15 PM
Noelle -  2yo purported Maine Coon girl.  Known as Pinhead, or Lardbutt, for the usual reasons.  LOVES to lick the fish tank, but only when sitting draped over my shoulder and purring.   Fell off the cat tree one time when she ran head first into the other cat here.  Didn't just lose her balance, noooo, she fell off from 4 feet up.  Was not elegant one teeny bit!  If I don't turn out the lights in the room when she wants to go to sleep, she'll get up on whatever high furniture she can and start messing around with stuff, trying to flip pictures off the wall, etc.  Then, when I yell at her, she'll sit bolt upright, look at me, and shimmy her entire body, and flip her tail at me.  Hisses and bites me when I clip her nails.  Has a water fountain now, because she got in the way so consistently when I ran the bathroom faucet.  Is the typical 'pet me, pet me, now I bite you!' kind of cat.  Beautiful.  No sense of smell that we can tell.  Not bright.  Latest trick is to jump on the pot of the spider plant to chew on the fern in the pot next door.  Tipped them both over the other night, at 2 in the morning....
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: CarolinaEmerald on November 02, 2012, 10:04:48 PM
Kira, my black lab/treeing walker coonhound mix MUST sleep underneath the blankets - no matter the season.  This dog cannot sleep unless she is covered from head to tip of tail in blankets.  Since she weighs over 100 pounds, she takes up a lot of blanket!




Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Lady Snowdon on November 02, 2012, 10:08:20 PM
Smokey eats colanders.  He used to jump up and pull them out of the sink!  He chewed up two plastic ones before we bought a metal colander, and he stole that one all the time too.  I guess dried pasta water flakes just taste that good?  ::)  He only stopped when we put our new tile floor in, and it got too slippery for him to keep his balance on only two legs.

Smokey also loves, of all things, balsamic vinegar.  He hates most vegetables, but if you offer him some broccoli or lettuce or carrot dipped in balsamic vinaigrette, he'll go crazy and snatch it from you, then lick all the liquid off it.

He hates smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.  If you show him one that's not on the wall, he starts shaking and freaks out.  We theorize it's due to the beeping they make.

One of his hind legs has a delayed nerve response time for some reason.  If he's standing still, and suddenly tries to move, occasionally that leg will not respond as quickly, leading to him sliding and scrambling to get his body under control again.  Yet, he persists in standing in the middle of our tiled, slippery kitchen to watch us.  I swear, one of these days he's going to break a leg!

Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: JustEstelle on November 03, 2012, 12:31:26 AM
My late kitty, Fritz, had an encounter with the Plastic Bag Monster once.  When we were first married, DH worked nights and had to sleep during the day.  I worked days.  We'd been to the store the night before this incident occurred, but we'd not put away the cans of cat food we'd bought.  I hadn't given it a lot of thought because Fritz and his "sister," Miss Kitty didn't bother the bags if we left them on the counter or table.

This one morning, however, I guess Fritz's curiosity got the better of him.  DH was awakened from a sound sleep by a gosh-awful racket:  cat yowling, metal cans clanking, plastic rustling, and the sound of a cat racing through the house.  DH got up to investigate and, just as his feet hit the floor, Fritz ran across DH's foot and dug his claws in as he dove under the bed.  I think DH still has scars on his foot from the gash Fritz left.  DH wound up having to move the bed to get to Fritz and get the plastic bag with cat food cans in it off of him.  After that, all you had to do around Fritz was rustle a plastic sack, and he'd freeze and get all saucer-eyed. 

One of our current kitties, Charlie, does the "Sheldon Cooper" knock on the door.  We have a dresser that sits just to the right of our bedroom door.  Charlie will jump onto the dresser where he can reach the doorknob and tap-tap-tap-MEOW!  tap-tap-tap-MEOW!  tap-tap-tap-MEOW!  Once, I tried to get his picture doing this, but he stopped when he saw me pick up my cell phone.  I told him, "Charlie, I want to take your picture.  Would you knock again, please?"  And he did!  He put a paw on the doorknob and held it there until I said, "Okay.  Got it!  Thank you!"  Then he sat down and looked at me as if to say, "Now, would you let me out, please?"   ;D
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: CrochetFanatic on November 03, 2012, 09:30:04 AM
Our Boxer, Daisy, has a thing for my dad's chewing tobacco (personally, I think chewing that stuff is gross, but I digress).  No, he doesn't let her have it, but she will come over and he will let her sniff the half-opened container.  She will immediately dip into a play-bow, give a clearly enunciated "Woof!" before sniffing again and doing the same thing.  She will repeat this for as long as he lets her sniff the can, and she makes some pretty interesting faces while she does this.  It's like she either loves to hate it, or hates to love it. 

She gives a milder, but similar, reaction to the smell of whiskey.  However, we learned not to let her sniff that, because she'll try to swat the glass from the hand of whoever is holding it once she's ascertained that it does, in fact, smell bad to her.

Maybe she's trying to teach her family that tobacco/booze = bad?  ;D
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: SamiHami on November 03, 2012, 03:03:11 PM
My Sammy is a little perv! He just loves loves loves to have his little hiney spanked. When you enter the room he will dart to the back of the couch, stick his butt in the air and writhe and wiggle while he anticipates the spanking. once he gets his spankys, the purring and drooling begin. Of course we are very gentle when we do it, as I don't imagine that long term the spankings are particularly good for his hips.

Weirdo.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: ladyknight1 on November 03, 2012, 03:12:34 PM
Mischief (AKA Biscuit or Thunderbuns) is a very large cat and he loves to lick and bite tape on boxes. I don't understand it at all.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: onikenbai on November 03, 2012, 06:41:54 PM
Our old cat had an obsession with candy canes.  Having a house with three roommates, we all assumed that the other two were eating them.  The truth was finally discovered after a box of 100 disappeared from the tree within two weeks.  The cat was methodically plucking them from the tree, unwrapping them, and noshing away happily. We found a giant ball of plastic wrappers behind the couch.  Surprisingly enough, that much candy did not make the cat sick, nor did it improve its breath notably.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: artk2002 on November 03, 2012, 08:54:30 PM
There's our cat, Tig. She loves socks! She'll pull them out of the upstairs laundry basket and carry them down stairs (and back up), often singing to them while she does it. I've seen her make piles of socks and to lay them out neatly in parallel. The other day, she had one black sock and one white sock at the bottom of the stairs, and a similar pair on the landing.

If there aren't any socks, she's been known to do this with underwear -- so far, she hasn't done it when company are present, but I'm sure it will happen. She's even dragged T-shirts up and down the stairs.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Luci on November 03, 2012, 09:01:04 PM
My Sammy is a little perv! He just loves loves loves to have his little hiney spanked. When you enter the room he will dart to the back of the couch, stick his butt in the air and writhe and wiggle while he anticipates the spanking. once he gets his spankys, the purring and drooling begin. Of course we are very gentle when we do it, as I don't imagine that long term the spankings are particularly good for his hips.

Weirdo.

I had to come back to this one!  :)

So, you are an enabler. Um. What does that say about you?

Shall we start a thread about weird things people with pets do?
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Ms_Cellany on November 03, 2012, 09:04:03 PM
The Sweetie's late cat had a latex fetish.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: tangelloyellow on November 03, 2012, 09:23:13 PM
 ;D
This thread is making me smile.

My 5 year old dog has many strange habits.

He licks shoes. Not bites or chews them just licks. It is kind of gross.

Cheese. You may not eat cheese, cut cheese or grate cheese. He barks and barks.

He loves pool water, I have to physically stop him drinking it.

He loves storms and fireworks but is terrified of the oven. Shakes and shivers through every oven-baked meal. Oh and smoke alarms. If it lets out one single 'bip' warning to replace the battery here comes the shakes.

There is one guy on an insurance advertisement that he hates and when he comes on tv he growls and barks at him.

Edited to add he also knows where I am going by what I am wearing and his depression will reflect how long he knows I will be gone for. He knows when I put on trousers I will be gone all day and starts sulking and sighing... but when I put on running pants he is likely to get an outing and he starts running around in circles.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: misha412 on November 03, 2012, 09:30:45 PM
hmmm, this whole thread has me smiling.  ;D

My female cat, Rukia, has a fetish for my arm pits. I will be sitting in my chair and she will get up on the arm of it and proceed to try to go down my sleeve into my arm pit. She noses around and wants to get as close as possible. She has no left/right preference, just that I wear short sleeves so she can get ready access.

Renji, my boy cat, has a fascination with wire ties and sponges. He will play with them for hours on end. He loves to bat them around and grab them and chew on them.

Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Shakira on November 04, 2012, 02:36:22 AM
Renji, my boy cat, has a fascination with wire ties and sponges. He will play with them for hours on end. He loves to bat them around and grab them and chew on them.

Misha, be careful about the wire ties! My mom's cat Dotty ate one of those and they had to do exploratory surgery on her to get it out  :(
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: oz diva on November 04, 2012, 02:41:25 AM
Not so much weird, but clever. My two dogs come n the bed with me.but only when Dad's out. As soon as he drives away they jump up for a snooze. When the car returns they jump off. I don't even have to remind them.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: mmswm on November 04, 2012, 02:57:41 AM
My late cat, Booger was an interesting character.  He was 18 pounds of fluffy orange Maine Coon.  Some of my favorite quirks of his...

He was very particular about his litter box.  It couldn't be too full or too low.  If it was too full, he'd throw out the "extra" litter, making a gigantic mess.  If it was too low, he'd walk back and forth between the box and the bin of litter, patting each one and looking up at me until I poured more litter into the box.

He was an escape artist.  The doors in my old apartment had levers instead of knobs.  Also, as a "safety feature" if you pulled the lever down from the inside and the dead bolt was engaged, it would automatically unlock the dead bolt.  That cat could get out the back door at will.  He was impossible to keep inside.  I never did find a child safety lock that would work on that door. I tried putting heavy stuff in front of the door, but he always managed to move it out of the way.

He had a shoe fetish.  Nothing made him happier than sleeping on a pair of stinky shoes.  If he couldn't find any shoes on the floor, he'd raid the front closet or the shoe rack in the mud room, drag his shoe of choice to his favorite sleeping spot, and settle down for a snooze.

He "got to know" new people by laying on their feet.  If somebody he didn't know came into my house, he'd sniff at them, then lay down on their feet for a few minutes.  He did this regardless of if the person was standing or sitting.  If the person didn't let him lay down, he'd get very irritated and yowl until I explained that this was his way of getting to know them. After a few minutes, he'd either get up and walk away, or come stand by me protectively.  If he got up and walked away, I knew he approved of that person.  He was always right.  Every single time he showed me that he didn't like a person, that person proved to be trouble somehow or another.

He was extremely protective of "his kittens", otherwise known as my children. Every so often I'd wake up to him yowling at me and poking me with his paws.  When I'd wake, he'd dart into one of the boys' rooms, and sure enough, that child would be running a fever or showing other signs of being ill.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: crella on November 04, 2012, 03:29:32 AM
My Flattie-boy likes to back his butt up to the washing machine and wag, banging his tail off the machine and making a lot of noise. He look utterly pleased with himself.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: oz diva on November 04, 2012, 06:08:27 AM
Friends had a donkey, Katie, who would walk up to you, then turn around so her bum faced you. This was so you could scratch it for her. She was half wild, but oh how she did like a bum scratch.  :)
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Snooks on November 04, 2012, 06:32:32 AM
One of our cats loves the cardboard strips that come off Amazon boxes.  She also likes any type of ribbon (including the peel off strips on envelopes) and will dig in the bin to get her paws on some, if you catch her she just speeds up the eating which means you have to grab her quick and pull it out of her mouth, thankfully she has yet to throw up when we pull 3+ inches of ribbon out of her mouth.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: 25wishes on November 04, 2012, 09:28:04 AM
I don't currently have any pets, but a couple of friends do. One has a dog that does 2 weird things.
a - if he passes gas, his owner says "PEE-YEW!" loudly, dog gets up and leaves the room
b- if you are eating, he watches you intently, but if you look at him, he looks away as if "nope, I wasn't watching you."

Other friend will throw treats for his dog, dog is not interested until friend calls his wife to pick up the treats off the carpet. Then the dog will eat them.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: HenrysMom on November 04, 2012, 09:38:41 AM
hmmm, this whole thread has me smiling.  ;D

My female cat, Rukia, has a fetish for my arm pits. I will be sitting in my chair and she will get up on the arm of it and proceed to try to go down my sleeve into my arm pit. She noses around and wants to get as close as possible. She has no left/right preference, just that I wear short sleeves so she can get ready access.

Renji, my boy cat, has a fascination with wire ties and sponges. He will play with them for hours on end. He loves to bat them around and grab them and chew on them.

What happened to Byakuya?
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Ms_Cellany on November 04, 2012, 10:39:06 AM
I've posted this before, but Jack does this a lot:

(http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz144/Packie_Rattie/7F7531D8-9B0E-4610-AB13-EFB83F618C4A-289-0000002795D59BAD.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: MizA on November 04, 2012, 10:47:31 AM
Gigi Wunderkitten likes to lie on piles of pink or teal funfur, purring like a tractor.  No other colour will do.  Unless she's sitting in the lap of my skeleton, which is slightly pointier. 

Every so often, she'll stand on her hind legs at the foot of the bed, stare out the door, and growl with fur on end.  Those are the nights I don't sleep so well.

And when I get home from night shifts, she brings me my sleep mask while I brush my teeth.  Then we cuddle until I pass out.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: DoubleTrouble on November 04, 2012, 10:55:19 AM
Our new puppy Toby has a thing for crayons. It's like he has crayon-dar in his brain, if the tiniest piece of crayon is on the floor, he'll find it & eat it. At least I only buy Crayola & when I found that he had eaten an entire teal crayon I was not happy as he was only 3 lbs at the time. The ER vet tech just laughed & said Toby would be fine since they were non-toxic. But it did make the next day interesting as my boys couldn't figure out why things were now differently colored (we're trying to teach them proper pet care) ;D
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Snooks on November 04, 2012, 11:51:54 AM
I've posted this before, but Jack does this a lot:

(http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz144/Packie_Rattie/7F7531D8-9B0E-4610-AB13-EFB83F618C4A-289-0000002795D59BAD.jpg)

Can't you see he's asking for your help?  He's fallen and he can't get up, you'd best bring him some cat treats to keep him going in this difficult time.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: stargazer on November 04, 2012, 12:57:40 PM
Smokey also loves plastic.  He tries to eat it so I am constantly on the lookout for fallen plastic but somehow he can find it anywhere.

Mouse - well, I'm not quite sure how it started, but is the only cat ever probably who LOVES having his tail pulled.  He will back up to you and wander around you until you do it.  I tend to do it very very gently but DH accidentally lifted him off his back feet once when he tugged on it and that doesn't even seem to faze him.  Something is wrong with that cat. 
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: misha412 on November 04, 2012, 01:03:49 PM
And I forgot about my dog, Dagan.

If I say something like "uh-oh", Dagan goes on full alert. Growling and snorting. Pacing the house. For some reason that I cannot figure out, he started doing this out of the blue a few months after I got him.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: nuit93 on November 04, 2012, 02:50:09 PM
My cat Max likes to go places he's not allowed (the kitchen, the living room fireplace, etc).  As soon as I say his name in the right tone of voice he's out of there in a flash.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: SamiHami on November 04, 2012, 03:59:27 PM
My Sammy is a little perv! He just loves loves loves to have his little hiney spanked. When you enter the room he will dart to the back of the couch, stick his butt in the air and writhe and wiggle while he anticipates the spanking. once he gets his spankys, the purring and drooling begin. Of course we are very gentle when we do it, as I don't imagine that long term the spankings are particularly good for his hips.

Weirdo.

I had to come back to this one!  :)

So, you are an enabler. Um. What does that say about you?

Shall we start a thread about weird things people with pets do?

LOL! CRUD MONKEYS!, what does that say about us? I never thought about it that way...! But I would defy you to refuse him when he looks at you with those big, pleading eyes.

(hanging head in shame and going off to contemplate my actions as a kitty-hiney enabler)
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: MerryCat on November 04, 2012, 04:39:44 PM
My Sammy is a little perv! He just loves loves loves to have his little hiney spanked. When you enter the room he will dart to the back of the couch, stick his butt in the air and writhe and wiggle while he anticipates the spanking. once he gets his spankys, the purring and drooling begin. Of course we are very gentle when we do it, as I don't imagine that long term the spankings are particularly good for his hips.

Weirdo.

My cat Cassie likes to be spanked too! I thought she was the only one! She likes quick light little rapid-fire swats to the rear.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: JustEstelle on November 04, 2012, 04:44:44 PM
Protector of the Realm, Her Royal Highness Queen Spot I did something this morning that baffled the daylights out of me and her "brothers" and had me and DH laughing. 

Spot is a brown calico tabby cat, so named "Spot" because of an orange spot just above her right eye.  She is the owner of this place and only allows the rest of us to live here out of the goodness of her heart.  Besides, she needs loyal subjects and wait staff.   ;)

DH had the dogs outside, and I was sitting in the den with our boy kitties.  I heard this faint "me-OW!" that I instantly recognized as Spot, but it sounded like she was in a well or trapped in something.  I jumped up, as did Charlie and the rest of our boys, to go investigate and let her out of whatever she had trapped herself in.  Spot was sitting on the table, just looking around at us.  "Good.  You're all here.  Now we can begin our meeting.  First order of business is to FEED ME NOW."

She honestly had thrown her voice to make it sound like she was trapped.  She's a lovable little oddball.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: SamiHami on November 04, 2012, 04:51:17 PM
My Sammy is a little perv! He just loves loves loves to have his little hiney spanked. When you enter the room he will dart to the back of the couch, stick his butt in the air and writhe and wiggle while he anticipates the spanking. once he gets his spankys, the purring and drooling begin. Of course we are very gentle when we do it, as I don't imagine that long term the spankings are particularly good for his hips.

Weirdo.

My cat Cassie likes to be spanked too! I thought she was the only one! She likes quick light little rapid-fire swats to the rear.

Good! I'm glad Sammy isn't the only little weirdo!  :)
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: finecabernet on November 04, 2012, 10:20:03 PM
Wanda, a cat belonging to a friend of mine, used to love the vacuum cleaner (very odd for a cat). Most of all, she loved to be "vacuumed" with the brush attachment. I witnessed this once and she looked like she was in ecstasy!
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Kaora on November 05, 2012, 01:51:52 AM
I've posted this before, but Jack does this a lot:

(http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz144/Packie_Rattie/7F7531D8-9B0E-4610-AB13-EFB83F618C4A-289-0000002795D59BAD.jpg)

I love the picture.  Is she a seal, or a turkey? :)

Our current cat, Tails, is scared of most everything.  If something moves absolutely wrong, he will startle and look at it for a minute, then go back to his business.  This includes us walking, open up boxes, curtains, and sometimes, cooking.

The same cat didn't jump when I accidentally dropped the Wii Balance Board with a huge KERBOOM.  He just went on his business. :o

He also loves fighting tape.  Loose tape hanging off an Amazon box?  He's beating it up.  Yes, we make sure he doesn't eat any, but...

Andy, our most recently gone cat, loved, LOVED, L-O-V-E-D catnip.  I mean, most cats would be happy with their casual highs, we came home once to see a cat happily sitting in a double trayed, cardboard cat scratcher, one of the scratching parts ontop of his head, the rest of him laying in the bottom of the box with the herbs, practically green from the catnip he managed to get to.

He once spent a week in a REALLY GOOD mood.  We were all puzzled, until we looked beside the bookshelf and saw he not only knocked off the bag of catnip, by climbing on the couch next to it, he ripped the bag open and he was rolling in it.  Catnip got moved to a safer location. ::)

Callie, Andy's long gone sister, loved to nurse.  Cat licking your arm and kneeding kitty biscuits into it was hardly good for skin. ::)  I hear its a neurotic behavior from being weaned too early, but...
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Layla Miller on November 05, 2012, 06:47:53 AM
Our cat, Bamf, loves to lick the filing cabinet.  We've worked out that there's some traces of tape residue on it that feels good on his tongue, although that's disturbingly close to having a cat who eats glue.  (So if he were human, he'd be that kindergartener.)   ;D

We've also caught him pawing at the fridge.  Not because he wants anything from it; the best we can guess is that he likes the feel of the door against his paw.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Syfygeek on November 05, 2012, 07:32:37 AM
My son's dog, Harry, freaks out when you get his nose- you know, like you do with kids- Got your nose and you put your thumb between you fingers?  Well Harry falls for it every time, barks his head off, jumps trying to get your hand so he can have his nose back. 

And this keeps up until you rub your hand on his face, putting back his nose.  It's hysterical.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Winterlight on November 05, 2012, 08:29:01 AM
Our Skip is convinced that a single drop of rain coming in contact with his fair young body will...? Make him break out in hives? Die shrieking, "I'M MELTING, MELTING?" Dunno. He hates going out in it, even for a potty break. You have to shove him out the door. Weirdo dog.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Jones on November 05, 2012, 09:15:37 AM
That spot on a cat's back, where it attaches to the tail, is a spot where most cats like to be scritched. They arch and purr and life is grand.

Colossus does much more than that. While arching and purring, he starts licking the air. If a person/other cat/dog is anywhere near his face while the scritching occurs, he will lick that being with all the passionate love any cat may have. Sadly, that does lead to biting, but they are love bites and meant in the most generous way.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: RebeccainGA on November 05, 2012, 09:39:41 AM
Schroder, our loveable self-trained service dog (I mean, come on... we have never taken a class, nothing done specifically - and yet, when I started researching the requirements for professionally trained handicapped 'alert' dogs, intending to seek one for DP, he's one down the line in all their trained behaviors) has some interesting quirks. He loves to go outside, and rings the bells diligently - but when I call him to me so I can put his leash on, he sits down (like he should) and sort of spins in place until I pick him up. His leash latch on his harness is up, and grabbable at all times - but he's spinning like a top. I've told him he's going to corkscrew himself into the ground one day doing that. Appropriately, when DP does it (she's the disabled one) he doesn't do it - only with me.

He's also become a bit of a prima donna about his clothes. Yes, his clothes - he has to have a shirt on, year round. If he doesn't like the one he's wearing (and I have yet to figure out the reasons for some of them - the blue shirt he sometimes loves, but other times rejects in favor of the green one, where both shirts are identical except for the color) he will come up to you, paw your shirt, and then bark and roll around on the floor until  you remove the offending item and replace it with something suitable.

His favorite food used to be DP's leftover scrambled eggs. Then mommy started eating at home in the morning occasionally, and now he hates the eggs - unless mommy puts a piece of cheese from her breakfast on them. Then they are acceptable. Otherwise, they end up on the floor.

No, this 5 pound dog doesn't rule the house.... not at all...
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: RebeccainGA on November 05, 2012, 09:40:51 AM
That spot on a cat's back, where it attaches to the tail, is a spot where most cats like to be scritched. They arch and purr and life is grand.

Colossus does much more than that. While arching and purring, he starts licking the air. If a person/other cat/dog is anywhere near his face while the scritching occurs, he will lick that being with all the passionate love any cat may have. Sadly, that does lead to biting, but they are love bites and meant in the most generous way.

My departed Mary Alice used to do that. Woe betide someone that thought they could sit next to me while I scritched her back end - she would draw blood, nipping and licking. The longer the fur, the rougher the tongue, you know - and she was the fluffiest cat I've ever seen.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: SamiHami on November 05, 2012, 10:25:46 AM
My son's dog, Harry, freaks out when you get his nose- you know, like you do with kids- Got your nose and you put your thumb between you fingers?  Well Harry falls for it every time, barks his head off, jumps trying to get your hand so he can have his nose back. 

And this keeps up until you rub your hand on his face, putting back his nose.  It's hysterical.

Water just shot out of my nose! That is hilarious!!!
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Hmmmmm on November 05, 2012, 10:57:16 AM
We have a beagle.  After his dinner he gets a milkbone every night. The routine is he goes to DH to tell him he has finished his dinner and is ready for his treat.  DH then tells whichever child is handy to go give him his treat.  The beagle then "herds" the child to the utility room, sits till he's given his treat then races back to the family room to a specific spot in front of the fireplace where he throws the bone into the air and then waits for the person who gave him the bone to come and sit down.  He will not start eating the bone until the person who gave it to him is back in the room and preferably sitting.  We don't know why he does this.  We didn't train him to do this.  If the person who gave him the milkbone stops in the kitchen for something, he'll sit there and whine until they come back in.  Our family thinks it's hilarious.

We also have two cats who have dog tendancies.  The oddest is that when they hear the doorbell, they go running to the door to see who's came in.  Then they sniff around the guest and then props their two front feet on the guest leg to try and get the guest to pick them up.  Our dog does not do this.  He does not "jump up" on guests but was trained to sit by the entry hall until he is acknowledged.  We can't get the cats trained like him. 
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: lkdrymom on November 05, 2012, 03:22:09 PM
Right now Vincenzo is hugging the fish bowl.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Ms_Cellany on November 05, 2012, 03:25:54 PM
Jack and Luna love visitors!  They run to the door, and Jack in particular begs to be picked up.

We have to warn people in advance that Jack will stick his head in their mouth. He likes to smell people's breath.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Jones on November 05, 2012, 03:30:38 PM
Right now Vincenzo is hugging the fish bowl.

Oh, this reminds me:
The cats of my household refused to use a water bowl, so we got one of those fresh water things. They still insisted on getting into sinks, even when soaked on purpose. However, if the fish tank is uncovered, they are more than happy to get their own stinky, fish flavored, complete opposite of fresh water from the tank.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Snooks on November 05, 2012, 03:40:02 PM
Cats that we've had have enjoyed drinking from drain covers and dents in plastic wheelie bins.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: hobish on November 05, 2012, 04:03:02 PM
I have mentioned this before...

Kilik-husky has a weird attachment to fortune cookies still in the individual cookie package. He'll carry one of them around and protect it like it is his puppy or something. Any other toy is cool to play with, but the fortune cookie is like his own little pet. It drives me a little crazy sometimes, because if I try to pet him while he's got a cookie he will lay on it to protect it and give me the most reproachful look, as if to say, "Why would you take away the only thing on earth that brings me joy?  :'(" ...even though I am the one who just gave him the darn cookie in the first place! He's such a goofball.

The only weird thing about Jayna-hound is she actually likes wearing clothes. We got her a Phillies jersey kind of as a joke and she went positively gaga over it. She outgrew that a long time ago; but i saw a sweater on sale last week so i picked it up, again kind of as a joke. She still went all nutty. She just likes clothes. I have never met a dog of her size before who did.



Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Slartibartfast on November 05, 2012, 04:08:33 PM
New one (GROSS WARNING):

Kiki (our mutt) has decided baby tears are the most delicious thing on earth.  Whenever Bittybartfast starts crying - really crying, not just a little fussing - Kiki comes running and licks the tears and snot off her face.  Bittybartfast thinks this is hilarious and it usually cheers her up.  This has become an extra incentive to me to get there as soon as Bittybartfast gets grumpy, because I've seen what else Kiki does with that tongue!
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Julian on November 05, 2012, 04:52:52 PM
All my critters are weird...

Roomie and I tend to eat in the loungeroom, but I feed the animals in the kitchen.

Both of my dogs will bring their food into the loungeroom, one mouthful at a time, to eat with us.  Even kibble.  They'll pick up a mouthful, drop it on the rug, then sit down and munch away happily.

Molly is a bit obsessive with treats - if the treat is people food, and anything bigger than a nibble, she buries it - in the corners of the lounge, in one of the many animal beds in the room, even in the shag pile rug.  She spends a good half hour or so nosing around to get it well buried (well, she's only got a short little nose, she's very pug-faced).  Suzi watches her like a hawk - as soon as Molly has her back turned, Suzi steals it and eats it.

I watched Molly once, she spent absolutely ages burying a tiny piece of cheese in the shag rug.  When she finished, there was a teeny little volcano shape in the rug, with the cheese barely visible at the epicentre.  It was perfect, not a strand out of place.

They both get doggy treats before I go to work.  Suzi is a bit of a mummy's girl, she'll try to 'force' me to stay at home by refusing to take her treat.  Sorry, Sunshine, gotta go anyway.

Molly sits on her hind legs like a meercat, for an hour or so at a time.  Very cute. 

Out of the cats, Morty is probably the weirdest, because he's had the longest practice.  His thing is The Claw.

The Claw involves Morty demanding pets.  He will start out by complaining loudly.  If that doesn't work, he starts petting me.  He continues complaining, and petting, till he gets what he wants.  If I stop, The Claw makes an appearance.  One single claw, driven into the nearest available portion of my anatomy.  Oddly enough he has never, ever deliberately scratched anyone, even when he was a tiny kitten, so this is very deliberate behaviour.

He also stands on my lap when I brush him, and drools puddles all over me.  Yuck.  Note, this is the only time he will ever be on my lap, he is Not A Lap Cat, he tells me.

Salem, well, she's just a born stirrer.  Can't help herself.  But it is very cute when I get home from work, she's the first one usually to greet me, she runs up to the truck and comes in the door to get scritches.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Hmmmmm on November 05, 2012, 05:07:42 PM
Jack and Luna love visitors!  They run to the door, and Jack in particular begs to be picked up.

We have to warn people in advance that Jack will stick his head in their mouth. He likes to smell people's breath.

Our female cat likes to smell breathe too. 
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Dazi on November 05, 2012, 06:57:58 PM
Boy, I have a few weird ones.

My kitten likes to lick the wall, she will also lick carpet.  Her sister has a plastic fetish...plastic bags, plastic from paper towels, zippy bags, the plastic that rips off like on shredded cheese packages.  I also have one that spreads out like queen Cleopatra and scoops out one piece of food at a time to her, in complete exasperation.

My boy likes to drink sink water, tries to climb in peoples pants and yowls like someone is being murdered when I am in the shower...it is rather hysterical.  Oh, he's also a pillow/blanket thief.

Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: MerryCat on November 05, 2012, 07:33:06 PM
My son's dog, Harry, freaks out when you get his nose- you know, like you do with kids- Got your nose and you put your thumb between you fingers?  Well Harry falls for it every time, barks his head off, jumps trying to get your hand so he can have his nose back. 

And this keeps up until you rub your hand on his face, putting back his nose.  It's hysterical.

That is so adorable and hillarious! You have to put it up on youtube on of these days!
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: onikenbai on November 05, 2012, 08:08:48 PM
If Oni wants attention and you happen to be asleep, he will crawl on to your chest, take a deep breath and huffs up your nose to wake you up.  That is then followed by a head butt which can nearly throw you out of bed.  No clue how a 7lb cat manages to make that work.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: wonderfullyanonymous on November 05, 2012, 09:09:24 PM
Duke: Great Dane, thinks he's a cat. If I give him a treat he doesn't like, I call the cats, and give it to one of them. He then decides that if the cats like it, he must eat it.

Ligre: Was my daughters half sisters cat, he came with that name. I don't think there are any branches on his family tree. He likes to play tag with the kids. You run, he chases, he runs you chase.

Smudge: She is Queen Princess. She prefers to drink her water fresh from the faucet. She will break up cat spats, and no one will start anything with her. Someone just thinking about it will get the look of death from her. She weighs physically all of 5 pounds, but has the attitude of something 100 times that. I got her from a friend of mine who had kittens. She was 12 weeks old, and completely weaned. A couple weeks after I got her she started suckling, and would leave itty bitty kitty hickeys where ever she was suckling.

Baby Boy: The product of a stray, was supposed to be rehomed. Drinks water out of the water bowl with his front legs wrapped in a manner that looks as though, instead of drinking is vomiting from drinking too much.

Baby Girl: Sister of above cat, with the same story. She maybe weighs 3 pounds, is about the size of a 6 month old cat at 5. She walks absolutely no where, but instead, runs. When she is very happy, she insists on giving kisses. Her nose, to your mouth. Just a light touch.

Buddy the Kitty Kitty: Loves everybody and every body loves him. He says good morning to the dog. Solid black, probably 18 pounds. I can put him outside on a harness and it takes to it like he was born wearing it. He tolerates my granddaughter trying to pick him up and snuggle with him. He's nearly bigger than her. Thinks he's a dog.

Rampage: If I turn the faucet on to run water, he will get in the sink and play in the water.

Havoc: Rampages brother, emulates the dog. Will lay on the couch next to the dog, laying the same way the dog does. Will play with the most obscure things. His latest toy was a toostie pop. He carried it all over, talking and chattering like he had "real" prey.

Dip: Brother to Rampage and Havoc. Launches himself 5 plus feet off the ground, up the wall, then tears around the house.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: ladyknight1 on November 06, 2012, 07:49:08 AM
This is Harley, who gives me nose to nose kisses and likes to look at me from behind my laptop, so I see one half of his face. He is 14 and a half and I love him so much. Harley loves to play with cotton swabs, plastic bags, and tinsel balls.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-vHvVzDelqFw/T_duMVQkMKI/AAAAAAAAOTg/7OkA5vzayMk/s1080/SDC10216.JPG)
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Baby Snakes on November 06, 2012, 10:36:36 AM
My cat Trixie loves to go out on our enclosed deck.  When the weather changes and it is the slightest bit cold outside, she will hop from foot to foot shaking her front paws.  We call it the paw flickies and even have a rating system.  One paw flickie is a little chilly, three or more mean it is freezing out there.  Still doesn't stop her from going out though! :)
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Lexophile on November 06, 2012, 12:22:20 PM
My dog begs for a turn every time I turn on the hair dryer.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: mmswm on November 06, 2012, 03:45:44 PM
Another story about Booger.  He LOVED snow.  He'd hurl himself off a second floor balcony to get to the cold white stuff.  Even in what turned out to be his last winter, he'd turn into a kitten again when he went outside to play in the snow.

(http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn67/mmsw1/403032_2926439633797_1045089915_33050556_2058806678_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Hillia on November 06, 2012, 05:17:03 PM
Weird Dog (yes, that's her name), our chihuahua, loves lettuce.  If I'm cleaning a head of lettuce in the kitchen, she will run in and beg for a leaf, which she'll then carry off to the Weird Dog Cave under our bed.

Her favorite game is to drag one of my shoes into a clear spot on the floor, then stick her head in it and push it around the floor.

Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: bansidhe on November 06, 2012, 05:37:34 PM
That spot on a cat's back, where it attaches to the tail, is a spot where most cats like to be scritched. They arch and purr and life is grand.

Colossus does much more than that. While arching and purring, he starts licking the air. If a person/other cat/dog is anywhere near his face while the scritching occurs, he will lick that being with all the passionate love any cat may have. Sadly, that does lead to biting, but they are love bites and meant in the most generous way.

He must have been separated at birth from my Tamerlane, who does the same thing. Given the name Colossus I assume he's a pretty large cat, as is Tamerlane.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: bansidhe on November 06, 2012, 05:47:08 PM
Here, for anyone who hasn't read it and wants to, is the infamous Bacon Incident involving Square (real name Andromeda): http://www.jenniferjo.com/Square_Bacon_Incident.htm (http://www.jenniferjo.com/Square_Bacon_Incident.htm)

Roughly half of my cats enjoy having their flanks/butts rather vigorously patted. Several of them love having their tails pulled - not hard, of course, but firmly. Flynn actually loves it when you grab her tail and lift her hindquarters off the ground a bit.

Three of them (Aisling, Dubh, and Solentiname) like to be vacuumed. Aisling is deaf, which makes it understandable, but the other two can hear just fine.

Though she's mostly grown out of it now, when Sophia was younger, she enjoyed playing in water - a rather strange hobby for a cat. I'll edit this to post the YouTube videos this evening.

ETA: The Sophia Splash videos
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UquEv1iQXi8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UquEv1iQXi8)
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeHatXKAlFg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeHatXKAlFg)
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa4w12HPbWw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa4w12HPbWw)
Part 4 (aka Outdoor Adventure): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WliZGLzbud8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WliZGLzbud8)
Part 5 (aka Whoops!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWgFEBnF-Bg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWgFEBnF-Bg)

Bobby, our eldest dog, likes to rub up against people's legs like a cat.

Aardvark (real name Creedence) used to climb on top of our cars on a regular basis. Apparently the novelty wore off, as he doesn't do it anymore.
(http://www.jenniferjo.com/images/Pictures/Dogs/Aardvark_car_062206b.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: SamiHami on November 06, 2012, 07:16:09 PM
Here, for anyone who hasn't read it and wants to, is the infamous Bacon Incident involving Square (real name Andromeda): http://www.jenniferjo.com/Square_Bacon_Incident.htm (http://www.jenniferjo.com/Square_Bacon_Incident.htm)

Holy Moly! That is one devious-and diabolically clever-cat!
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: mmswm on November 06, 2012, 07:26:21 PM
Here, for anyone who hasn't read it and wants to, is the infamous Bacon Incident involving Square (real name Andromeda): http://www.jenniferjo.com/Square_Bacon_Incident.htm (http://www.jenniferjo.com/Square_Bacon_Incident.htm)

Holy Moly! That is one devious-and diabolically clever-cat!

I was laughing so hard I had tears rolling down my face and my friend, who is sitting in the next room, came in to check on me and make sure I wasn't going to pass out or something.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: wonderfullyanonymous on November 06, 2012, 08:54:44 PM
A couple more cats...

Yoda, my daughter cat, who passed a couple years ago, would roll on a freshly shampooed carpet, or mopped kitchen floor.

Scar, loved to scratch on Styrofoam. So much so, that if I ever had any, I would call him, and throw it on the floor for him to shred. The look of sheer glee on his face from Styrofoam was awesome.

*there is a difference between sure and sheer I can't distinguish when I am exhausted.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: bansidhe on November 06, 2012, 11:01:02 PM
Here, for anyone who hasn't read it and wants to, is the infamous Bacon Incident involving Square (real name Andromeda): http://www.jenniferjo.com/Square_Bacon_Incident.htm (http://www.jenniferjo.com/Square_Bacon_Incident.htm)

Holy Moly! That is one devious-and diabolically clever-cat!

I was laughing so hard I had tears rolling down my face and my friend, who is sitting in the next room, came in to check on me and make sure I wasn't going to pass out or something.

We really miss Square. She had quite the personality: half  :-* and half  >:D. She kicked cancer's butt for a full year before it finally got the upper hand.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Girlie on November 07, 2012, 09:04:55 AM
My cat Lucy will take the Chihuahua's food and drop it, piece by piece, into the water bowl beside the food dish. She doesn't do this with her own food. Just the dog's.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: LibraryLady on November 07, 2012, 10:31:56 AM
I don't think this is so much weird as much as Junior is slipping into old age dementia.  We feed Frank the cat and Junior at night.  They then
come back in and find their sleeping spot for the night.  Junior will wander the kitchen or living room, yowling mournfully for 2 or 3 minutes,
or until I calm him down by talking to him.  Junior is 18 yrs old.  We are being careful to keep things in same spots so he can sleep in
his familiar places.  Poor baby!
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Mal on November 07, 2012, 11:07:33 AM
My dear 11-year old cow-colored cat Bonkers has weird smell fetishes.
Of course, she goes for the usual catnip and valerian, but there are a few other favorites she goes nuts over:
- beeswax candles
- pickled olive brine (but only from green olives!)
- chlorine (nope, not kidding. No hung-to-dry swimsuit is safe from her)
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: blue2000 on November 07, 2012, 12:55:54 PM
My Burmese kitty has decided that paper towels MUST DIE. She was ripping up a piece and gnawing on it like she was on Animal Kingdom or something. ??? This is a cat who normally won't eat anything that isn't her special brand of food!
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: goldilocks on November 07, 2012, 01:06:00 PM
My boy dog, Major, will not allow the girl dog to eat the dog food.  She barks until we let him in so she can eat.  This is the ONLY time she ever barks.

However, if we give them scraps or other people food, she will not allow him to eat it, unless he gobbles it down very fast before she can grab it.

Now, she's decided she likes his bed better.   He can't figure out that he can just go get in her bed, instead he sleeps on the floor until she decides to move.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: mmswm on November 07, 2012, 04:20:43 PM
Oh, I just remembered something else Booger used to do! When I lived in North Dakota, one of the boys' favorite places to go was Fort Ransom State Park.  It was only about an hour away, so when the weather was good, we'd go quite often.  When we'd get back home, Booger would go NUTS over our shoes and the bottoms of our jeans.  It was crazier than a cat on catnip. He'd rub up against the shoes, put them all in a pile and roll over them, tear around the house  and then do it all again.  I know neither catnip or valerian grows naturally in that area, but I never did figure out what grows there that he was reacting too.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Jones on November 07, 2012, 04:41:06 PM
I recently realized my Maxine (she came with the name Max but, well, she's a she) takes her dog biscuits to her bed and growls at the other dogs when they come near and look at the snack. She doesn't eat it, but she'll snuggle and sleep on it. She rolls on it, rubs it all over her body. The next day she doesn't eat it, and some other dog will sneak over and eat it when she isn't looking. Come treat time again, she will happily take her treat to bed and begin the process all over again.

No clue how long this has been going on. Probably since I bought this brand of dog biscuits.

This is Maxi. The baby is Boo Bear. She doesn't care if a human takes her treat, just other dogs.
(http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo24/chandanista/InterspeciesBoyandhisDog.jpg)
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Tsaiko on November 07, 2012, 06:54:33 PM
We use to have a spider plant that we had to bring in every winter because it would get too cold for it to survive outside. Every winter, Kira would find the spider plant and eat it. Didn't matter where we put it: on top of things, in things, away from any thing to jump on. Within a few weeks, she would eat it down to the soil. As far as I could tell from the internet at the time, spider plants were not known to be toxic and she never suffered from any ill effects. I watched her like a hawk the first few times she ate it and it would have been straight to the vet had she so much as breathed wrong. After a while, I just shrugged if off as one of those crazy cat things.

Last week, I found out that spider plants are mildly hallucinogenic for cats.

 :o
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: valkyrie on November 07, 2012, 10:49:53 PM
I bet Kira was like, "Have you ever looked at your paw?  I mean, really looked at your paw?"
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: emwithme on November 08, 2012, 04:49:11 PM
When DH and I were first dating, he took me to an SCA event where the food was HEAVY on the cloves.

One of our tea towels was used as a dishcloth and so was totally impregnated with clove oil. 

We got home, and Splodge & Nev (who were five months old at the time) went absolutely mental for the tea towel, growling with each other, rolling around and wrapping themselves in it, and splaying themselves on the wooden floor where the tea towel had been.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: wonderfullyanonymous on November 08, 2012, 06:05:11 PM
My sister and I were in 4-H in high school, and our projects were Angora rabbits. We bred our rabbits one winter and kept the girls inside, in the basement.

My rabbit had a litter of 4 baby bunnies, which are born hairless and sightless.

We also had Melanie, a solid back cat, who was odd. One morning, shortly after they were born, Melanie, came upstairs, screamed at me, and went back downstairs. She kept doing this while I ate breakfast. I mostly ignored her because she was just a weird cat. When I was done eating, I went down to check the babies, and found 1 missing completely and one out if the box. I put the other one back, and started looking for the missing baby. I start watching the goofy cat, and she took me to the baby, who was a good bit away from the cage mama bunny was in. I thought the baby was dead because he was laying on the cold basement floor in the middle of the winter.

He was cold, but alive. Melanie had to have been keeping him warm, or there is no way he would have lived. I almost wonder if she wasn't trying to bring it upstairs to me, because of how far from the cage he was.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Moonie on November 09, 2012, 09:49:19 AM
There's our cat, Tig. She loves socks! She'll pull them out of the upstairs laundry basket and carry them down stairs (and back up), often singing to them while she does it. I've seen her make piles of socks and to lay them out neatly in parallel. The other day, she had one black sock and one white sock at the bottom of the stairs, and a similar pair on the landing.

If there aren't any socks, she's been known to do this with underwear -- so far, she hasn't done it when company are present, but I'm sure it will happen. She's even dragged T-shirts up and down the stairs.

Chloe, my little Tuxedo girl has a sock fetish also. Every day I come home to at least two pairs of socks behind the chair in my living room. If she can't get to the socks, she takes skeins and balls of yarn out of my bedroom closet and piles those in the living room too.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Jones on November 09, 2012, 10:07:35 AM
I hadn't really thought about it before, but my pomchi P.D. has a strange habit: When I ask him whether he needs to go outside, he spins around clockwise. When he goes slowly, it seems to mean "If I must," but sometimes he spins like a top, and when that happens it's obvious he REALLY needs to go. This morning I had gotten up and was beginning my day (I usually wait to let the canines out when I'm dressed) when I noticed P.D. racing in a tight little circle; I let him out and the relief on his little face was so obvious I almost laughed.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Moonie on November 09, 2012, 10:18:39 AM
Ziggy, my gray/blue male cat was neutered at between 4 and 5 months of age, so he never really got to doing the "manly" cat things a lot of male cats do. However, he has adopted, as his "girlfriend", our dog's unstuffed toys. One is a skunk and one is a fox....known as "Na-na and Foxy Brown" respectively. He will pick one up by the nape of its neck and walk around yowling. Then he will "air hump" it...followed by a "FLUMP" onto his side. He then will rub his nether region all over the poor toy. Many times after going to bed I will hear him singing to one of his "girls". In the morning I will sometimes find one of the toys with its head in the dog's food dish. I think that he's "taking her out to dinner" as a repayment for her "favors".

Miss Lola Brown, our "dachawawa"...half dachshund/half chihuahua...is very territorial. She will go nuts if she even sees someone walking down the sidewalk in front of HER house. It has become a custom that if I'm expecting delivery from the Chinese restaraunt or the pizza place, I will have her "kennel up" before the driver arrives. Now if she hears me on the phone say, "I would like to place an order for delivery...", she goes and gets in her kennel.
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Post by: *new*mommyagain36 on November 09, 2012, 11:04:42 AM
My cat, Blackie loves stuffed animals.  He will climb into the toy bin, go down under all the toys and come up the other side with his prize held firmly in his mouth.  Then he'll run off to wrestle with his "victim."
He also enjoys shopping out of the trash bins.  You'll be sitting in the living room and he'll streak by with some sort of bathroom trash in his mouth.
Also, he likes to like photographs.  That bothered me because I feel like he's licking the chemicals off, so I have to guard them and then snatch them away from him.

My Mom had an elderly female cat that would lick my closed eyelids while I was sleeping.  I seemed to be the only one she did this to.  It was an interesting way to wake up that's for sure!
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Dazi on November 09, 2012, 05:11:48 PM
Ziggy, my gray/blue male cat was neutered at between 4 and 5 months of age, so he never really got to doing the "manly" cat things a lot of male cats do. However, he has adopted, as his "girlfriend", our dog's unstuffed toys. One is a skunk and one is a fox....known as "Na-na and Foxy Brown" respectively. He will pick one up by the nape of its neck and walk around yowling. Then he will "air hump" it...followed by a "FLUMP" onto his side. He then will rub his nether region all over the poor toy. Many times after going to bed I will hear him singing to one of his "girls". In the morning I will sometimes find one of the toys with its head in the dog's food dish. I think that he's "taking her out to dinner" as a repayment for her "favors".


My boy does this too.  Sometimes he's so loud I think he's hurt or something.  I go to check on him and he is having a really, really good time.  ::)  He prefers white stuffed animals over any other, though he will hump just about anything from throw pillows to shoes.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Minmom3 on November 09, 2012, 08:11:02 PM
Oh, MEMORIES!...  We had an orange cat when I was 7, name of Marmalade.  Came to us as an adult male, of about a year.  Quite neurotic animal.  Mom's bed had a fleece cover, and he would hump that, after he pulled it off the bed and dragged it into the corner!  Hump, spasm, ejaculate!  Good Gravy!  He did that to mom's spread, and anything 'blankety' he could snag after the spread died of old age, until HE died of old age at when I was about 22.  I'd forgotten all about that lovely habit of his!   :o
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: stargazer on November 09, 2012, 10:14:41 PM
Oh, MEMORIES!...  We had an orange cat when I was 7, name of Marmalade.  Came to us as an adult male, of about a year.  Quite neurotic animal.  Mom's bed had a fleece cover, and he would hump that, after he pulled it off the bed and dragged it into the corner!  Hump, spasm, ejaculate!  Good Gravy!  He did that to mom's spread, and anything 'blankety' he could snag after the spread died of old age, until HE died of old age at when I was about 22.  I'd forgotten all about that lovely habit of his!   :o

Holy cow!  Was he fixed? 
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Lady Snowdon on November 10, 2012, 09:19:40 AM
I just thought of another weird thing Smokey does.  He likes to sleep on our guest bed, which isn't that unusual, but he hates having sheets and pillows on it.  So he'll mess stuff up a little more every time he jumps on it, to where eventually the sheets and cover are hanging off the side, or off the bottom, and the pillows are tossed somewhere else.  The weird part is that we never see him actually doing any of this.  We just come home, go upstairs, and notice that something else has been disarranged.  It's pretty funny to watch the progression of cover gets pushed around, sheets get pushed off, one pillow goes, and then the other pillow goes.  Then it's perfect according to the dog, but that's when I pull everything off, wash it all, and remake the bed, so he has to start all over again. 
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: HenrysMom on November 10, 2012, 09:58:42 AM
I just thought of another weird thing Smokey does.  He likes to sleep on our guest bed, which isn't that unusual, but he hates having sheets and pillows on it.  So he'll mess stuff up a little more every time he jumps on it, to where eventually the sheets and cover are hanging off the side, or off the bottom, and the pillows are tossed somewhere else.  The weird part is that we never see him actually doing any of this.  We just come home, go upstairs, and notice that something else has been disarranged.  It's pretty funny to watch the progression of cover gets pushed around, sheets get pushed off, one pillow goes, and then the other pillow goes.  Then it's perfect according to the dog, but that's when I pull everything off, wash it all, and remake the bed, so he has to start all over again.

Baren messes up the bed like that, but with him it's more of a "Tasmanian Devil" spin until everything is wadded up to his satisfaction.  Then he lays down on top of the mess on my side of the bed, curls up to DH when he gets in, then refuses to budge for me.  I've had to go snooze on the couch until he decides to move more nights than I'd like to admit.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Kendo_Bunny on November 10, 2012, 10:07:36 AM
Baren messes up the bed like that, but with him it's more of a "Tasmanian Devil" spin until everything is wadded up to his satisfaction.  Then he lays down on top of the mess on my side of the bed, curls up to DH when he gets in, then refuses to budge for me.  I've had to go snooze on the couch until he decides to move more nights than I'd like to admit.

I've posted pictures of it before, but Falstaff likes to stretch out full length in my spot in the bed, and will let me lie down on him rather than scoot his mooshy butt over so I can lie down. Eventually he gets up, then curls up under my arm like a purring stuffed toy, but it's always an interesting sight.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Ms_Cellany on November 12, 2012, 04:51:07 PM
Boojum is way too interested in veggies for someone who doesn't eat them. She stole a broccoli floret out of the colander in the sink:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvNaTfLKs88&list=UUHS0AzBY7zFtWKyH-ZXjR8g&index=1&feature=plcp (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvNaTfLKs88&list=UUHS0AzBY7zFtWKyH-ZXjR8g&index=1&feature=plcp)

Shortly after this, I found several pieces of chopped cabbage in the living room.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: CrochetFanatic on November 13, 2012, 06:33:50 PM
Our Boxer, Daisy, has only done this once or twice before in her lifetime, but she just did it again tonight.  She told us that the fire needed more wood.  ;D It was down to embers, and she nudged one of the split logs with her nose, looked over at us, and snorted.  I guess it didn't take her long to figure out that putting the wood in the fireplace makes the fire warmer.  Sometimes I think that dog is a little too smart.  ::)
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Dazi on November 13, 2012, 06:42:39 PM
My Boy will often sleep with is eyes open.  Totally freaks me out.   ::)
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: rain on November 13, 2012, 06:46:07 PM
our indoor cat likes to leave us "gifts" overnight ... like matchbox cars, toy soldiers, etc....
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: snowfire on November 13, 2012, 07:43:18 PM
My tortie Tyra has a thing for my shoes.  Particularly my wool Haflinger clogs.  She sticks her nose deep into the shoes and rubs and rolls and has a high old time.  I didn't think I sweat catnip.....
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Gyburc on November 14, 2012, 06:05:47 AM
Snowfire's post about feet just reminded me...

My geese dislike change, and get rather freaked out if I go into the garden wearing something unusual (a hat, for instance). They are also somewhat fixated on my feet. My gander Titan will attack my feet during the b.reeding season if I let him.  ::) Apparently this is not unusual for geese.

When I got the geese as week-old goslings, I had a pair of black and white striped wellies that I had had for ages. Eventually they got holes, so I bought new ones in the standard dull green. Thinking nothing of it, I put them on and strolled out into the garden with a handful of cabbage for the birds.

My poor geese. They took one look at my New Feet and ran away shrieking. Not even the cabbage could tempt them near me for a while. When they did finally dare approach, they ran up to me sideways, keeping one wary eye on my Evil Boots, snatched the cabbage and ran off to a safe distance to eat it. 

Geese (and ducks) see colours differently from humans, so my theory is that the colour we see as dull green is a really bright, vivid colour to them. On the other hand, perhaps they are just weird.  ;D
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Twik on November 14, 2012, 08:51:29 AM
My mother's cat understands English perfectly.

We discovered it one day when someone said, idly, "Oh, look, there are crows on the lawn." Cue the cat immediately crouching down (he is afraid of crows), and crawling to the window, to peep up, and duck down again.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Dorrie78 on November 14, 2012, 09:13:50 AM
My cat loves to be vacuumed. I discovered it recently while I had the attachment on and she was nearby. She is deaf, so isn't bothered by the noise. So, I vacuumed her and she LOVED it. Saves some brushing time.

 
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: ladyknight1 on November 14, 2012, 09:31:08 AM
Harley, my 14 year old cat, has a new method of alerting us when his water dish is not up to his high standard. He stands in the hallway alcove next to my bedroom and howls until we open the bedroom door. Once it is open, he carefully investigates the room for any fresh water, then moves on to the bathroom where he jumps up and drinks from the toilet.

The water dish is cleaned twice a day and filled. The cats like to drop food in it, then won't drink out of it. I have SS cats.  ::)

The other cat, Mischief, likes to perform the litter box aria a few times a day. The reverb is quite astonishing.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: emwithme on November 14, 2012, 09:31:53 AM
My mother's cat understands English perfectly.

We discovered it one day when someone said, idly, "Oh, look, there are crows on the lawn." Cue the cat immediately crouching down (he is afraid of crows), and crawling to the window, to peep up, and duck down again.

So does my Splodge.  I have a huge fear of moths.  They are horrid ebil things that serve no purpose other than to fly at me and make me shriek. 

Splodge LOVES moths.  They are one of her favourite noms. 

One day, she jumped through the window with *something* in her mouth.  It was the giantest moth I had ever seen (it was floofy and its body was bigger than my thumb). She spat it out and started to play with it, as kittehs do.

I *very calmly* said to her "Splodge, if you're going to eat that moth, you need to do it outside. You know I don't do moths".

At which point, she picked up the moth, jumped back out the window, ate the moth and came back in for head bonks like the good girl she is...
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 14, 2012, 09:40:13 AM
We had a black cat growing up who was really smart.  We trained him not to wander the whole house; he'd wander occasionally, then meow to let you know he got past you.  Mom could vacuum him.  She'd do one side, grab all four legs together, flip him over and do the other side.  He also loved to climb in the dryer on top of the warm, clean clothes while she was trying to get them out.  Drove Mom crazy.  One day, he climbed in after the clothes were taken out.  Mom closed the door, let him go around once and opened the door.  He took off like he was shot out of a cannon and never bothered her again when she was doing laundry.

Our second cat was... not so smart.  He couldn't be trained.  One day, Mom switched his nose with the fly swatter when he wandered.  Then she put the swatter down on the floor.  He wouldn't step over it!  So he wasn't trained but she could keep him from wandering.  He also did something else weird.  We have a 5 acre woodlot.  He was allowed out during the day and would wander, especially when my Dad was working in the bush.  One day, when Dad was coming back down to the house on the ATV, the cat was right there.  So Dad picked him up and put him on the seat in front of him and drove back down to the house with the cat sitting there!  It got to the point that Dad didn't even have to hold on to him.  The cat would jump on, rest his front paws on the front handlebars and enjoy the ride.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Pippen on November 14, 2012, 01:01:59 PM
I had a cat who would steal purple lighters. I thought they were colour blind so maybe it was a shade of gray, but it was always the purple ones that went missing. I don't know what she did with them but occasionally one would make and appearance in an odd place so maybe she was hoarding them and bringing them out to play with.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Twik on November 14, 2012, 01:44:57 PM
We had a dog once that ran an extortion racket.

About 30 minute before people were due to get up, he'd wander into your room, and start bumping the mattress with his nose. To get him to go away and let you sleep, you had to give him a treat. After he'd collected treats from everyone (except my mother, who did not negiotiate with terrierists), he would go back to bed himself. We had to train ourselves to keep dog treats on the beside table.

The odd thing was, he'd be satisified with one, even if he knew you had more. That was, to him, an adequate piece of the action.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 14, 2012, 01:47:23 PM
(except my mother, who did not negiotiate with terrierists

*giggle*
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: bansidhe on November 14, 2012, 03:07:33 PM
My geese dislike change, and get rather freaked out if I go into the garden wearing something unusual (a hat, for instance). They are also somewhat fixated on my feet. My gander Titan will attack my feet during the b.reeding season if I let him.  ::) Apparently this is not unusual for geese.

My geese don't mind what shoes I wear, however...one day, my husband was in their enclosure filling up their wading pool when he got bored and decided to do some pushups. These geese freaked out completely, shrieking and flapping and running around the enclosure. As soon as he quit, they returned to normal. When he tried it again: another freakout.

So, no more pushups in the geese's enclosure.  ::)

A former goose kept trying to mate with me.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: stargazer on November 14, 2012, 05:43:53 PM
He also loved to climb in the dryer on top of the warm, clean clothes while she was trying to get them out.  Drove Mom crazy.  One day, he climbed in after the clothes were taken out. Mom closed the door, let him go around once and opened the door.  He took off like he was shot out of a cannon and never bothered her again when she was doing laundry.


That...is disgusting.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: cass2591 on November 14, 2012, 06:09:01 PM
Agree. My cat drives me crazy at times but I wouldn't purposefully abuse her because of it. How would you like it if someone put you in a dryer and let you go around once? I imagine it might be a tad uncomfortable getting banged around like that.

Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: TheBardess on November 14, 2012, 08:11:40 PM
He also loved to climb in the dryer on top of the warm, clean clothes while she was trying to get them out.  Drove Mom crazy.  One day, he climbed in after the clothes were taken out. Mom closed the door, let him go around once and opened the door.  He took off like he was shot out of a cannon and never bothered her again when she was doing laundry.


That...is disgusting.

I have to second this. I felt sick reading that. Even if it was just "once around" that is animal abuse, plain and simple.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: nuit93 on November 14, 2012, 08:46:24 PM
He also loved to climb in the dryer on top of the warm, clean clothes while she was trying to get them out.  Drove Mom crazy.  One day, he climbed in after the clothes were taken out. Mom closed the door, let him go around once and opened the door.  He took off like he was shot out of a cannon and never bothered her again when she was doing laundry.


That...is disgusting.

I have to second this. I felt sick reading that. Even if it was just "once around" that is animal abuse, plain and simple.

Thirding.  That's...just not right.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: cass2591 on November 14, 2012, 08:59:08 PM
Move on, please.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: afbluebelle on November 15, 2012, 12:59:17 AM
Agree. My cat drives me crazy at times but I wouldn't purposefully abuse her because of it. How would you like it if someone put you in a dryer and let you go around once? I imagine it might be a tad uncomfortable getting banged around like that.

Actually, it was pretty fun. I'm just glad they let me out... I saw a CSI episode about that once  :o
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: afbluebelle on November 15, 2012, 01:00:32 AM
I have no pets now, but back when my roommate had a ferret, she would hop into the shower with you. She was never a fan of the little shower cap I made for her though :P
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Pippen on November 15, 2012, 01:44:14 AM
Oh and pet lambs. Pretty much the gold standard of awesome pets. I hadn't had one for years when I told one of my employees how much I missed them and the next days she turned up with an orphan one in a box. I named him Lamb Lamb. They can't be house trained so you have to put nappies/diapers on them but he used to go upstairs to me bedroom, turn the TV on and watch it in the dark by himself waiting for me to come to bed. Utterly destroyed my Lemon tree though.

Sheep are also a lot more ferocious than most people think and they are strong and very agile. They can be a pretty worthy opponent in the right situation. Lamb Lamb took on 3 heading dogs and sent our neighbor to hospital with a busted knee when he has caught munching on the roses.

Seriously though if you ever have the chance to have a pet lamb, grab it. They are such wonderful animals.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Mad Goat Woman on November 15, 2012, 05:27:50 AM
Pet lambs are the bane of my existence, Pippen. One of the more recent bottle-babies used to follow me everywhere-- even into the bathroom. It got to the point where it was like the stupid nursery rhyme made even worse.

My goats on the other hand, are awesome. This afternoon they decided to take themselves home when I was too slow coming to get them from their hill. Two of the... slower shall we say, does didn't come with the horde of ten, and instead were found stuck near the cattle shed. Made me laugh. But then, most of the stuff my goats do is weird.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: HoneyBee42 on November 15, 2012, 06:40:28 AM
I once had a cat who loved the vacuum, too.  Sam was a Siamese (we got him when his previous owners died of old age, and he was about 13 then and lived with us until his death).  Sam just loved to be vacuumed so that you'd have to vacuum him with the brush attachment in order to have any peace while you were trying to vacuum the carpets (otherwise he'd be batting at it, twining himself around your legs and otherwise making a nuisance of himself until he got what he wanted).  He didn't have any hearing problems, but I don't think the Electrolux had the greatest suction ... and it did make his coat look nice.  Sam also liked to sit on the piano bench next to me whenever I practiced.

Now I have a dog named Blue who likes to do what we call "the Snoopy".  She has a dogloo and she'll sleep in there at night time.  During the day, however, she prefers to sleep *on top* of the dogloo.  Last summer, we got her a cheap kiddie pool.  She totally hates baths (oldest son and I are in full contact wrestling mode whenever we do bathe her), but once she understood that the shampoo wasn't coming out, she liked to stand in her pool and splash.  (I got this because otherwise she'd splash out her water dish and never have any water to drink--this way she still had at least a gallon of drinking water available.)  She eventually put a hole in the bottom from one of her claws, so I'll have to get her a new one next summer, but ten bucks is cheap when it comes to keeping a dog watered and amused for a whole summer.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: sevenday on November 15, 2012, 09:20:41 AM
Regarding the dog with the plastic swimming pool... We got one for my service dog for the same reason.  It rarely gets "hot" hot here, but when it does... well, there are no real dog-swimming places, so we had to make do.  He liked water, so that wasn't the problem.  Got him one of those cheap plastic ones from Walmart or something, fill it with a couple inches of water, and let him go lay in it, roll in it, etc.  Until he discovered a new toy.  One day he discovered a little garter snake in his fenced area and danced around it, barking and trying to herd it for a bit.  And then picked it up in his mouth.  Perhaps a bit startled that it kept wriggling, he accidentally dropped it into the pool (empty at that point, I hadn't refilled yet) and then ran around the pool barking as the snake wriggled around in the pool.  After about 10 minutes I scooped up the snake, inspected it - no ouchies - and gently set it free on the other side of the fence.  After that, we had to check the pool for snakes before refilling.  Found at least four more in there before that pool went to the great kiddy pool heaven - and we didn't replace it after that for various reasons.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Pippen on November 15, 2012, 05:35:16 PM
Pet lambs are the bane of my existence, Pippen. One of the more recent bottle-babies used to follow me everywhere-- even into the bathroom. It got to the point where it was like the stupid nursery rhyme made even worse.

My goats on the other hand, are awesome. This afternoon they decided to take themselves home when I was too slow coming to get them from their hill. Two of the... slower shall we say, does didn't come with the horde of ten, and instead were found stuck near the cattle shed. Made me laugh. But then, most of the stuff my goats do is weird.

True. Goats are pretty awesome but they do tend to get themselves into some silly situations. We had to rescue one out of a tree once. How it got up there and why was a mystery.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: AfleetAlex on November 16, 2012, 03:15:16 PM
I'd love some insight into this behavior if anybody has some.

I adopted my now-5-year-old neutered male cat when he was three from a rescue organization so I'm not sure of his background. He has a stuffed fish with a rattle in it that he LOVES and carries everywhere. He especially likes to wait until I turn out the lights to go to bed, then he brings it into the room all while meowing loudly and repeatedly with a "mrowr?" sound and then playing with it. (Sometimes we even play fetch.)

Some online research indicated it's 'play meowing' but I also wonder if he thinks he's bringing food to the kittens and calling them to come eat. Which, since he's a male, sounds a little odd, but maybe male cats do this more often than I know.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: rain on November 16, 2012, 07:50:22 PM
uh... when I was a kid, we had a male cat (non-neutered) bring home a kitten once
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Kendo_Bunny on November 16, 2012, 10:41:25 PM
I don't know how weird this is, because I didn't have cats growing up, but I have four cats now, and they all follow me from room to room. It's not like ducklings in a line, but once I move rooms, I just have to wait a few minutes, and then they'll all show up, one after another, trying to look bored and unconcerned, like "Oh, hey Mom, didn't know you were here. I just wanted to be in here all of a sudden."

Except Falstaff, who follows me from room to room, crying "MAMA" at the top of his little kitty voice.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Ms_Cellany on November 16, 2012, 10:43:07 PM
I once had a 10-year-old neutered male Scottish fold who let a kitten nurse on him. Full milkbar action, with him purring and licking her. Unca Nester.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Nikko-chan on November 17, 2012, 12:42:37 AM
I once had a kitten named Gizmo. He was a little terror. We had to give him up, knowing our home was not the right one for him. So we gave him to my grandmother, who of course loved him. (Plus I got to see him everyday). So one night she called gizmo in the house, and she notices he's got something tucked under a paw.

Yep, it was a tiny little kitten.

Grandma tried to get Gizzy to let go of the thing but he refused, and resigned, grandma let them both in. She ended up keeping the kitten, whom she named Skitters, because of her skittish behavior.

Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: wonderfullyanonymous on November 17, 2012, 07:47:05 AM
My Cheshire kitty. He was a stray, that came into my life when I saw some kids throwing rocks at him in the street. He was going to be rehomed right away, but my DF fell in love with him and named him. He loved to be outside, so I set him up with a harness and 10 foot lead out the front door.

That is not the odd part though...he was terrified of blowing leaves. While most cats chase them, he ran and hid from them. The only time he ever managed to tangle his leash up in the flower bed was ran he was hiding from the blowing leaves.

He's living with a friend of mine now. When we had to move, I had to rehome a few of the cats, and he fell in love with a friend of mine.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: mechtilde on November 17, 2012, 08:06:13 AM
Oh, MEMORIES!...  We had an orange cat when I was 7, name of Marmalade.  Came to us as an adult male, of about a year.  Quite neurotic animal.  Mom's bed had a fleece cover, and he would hump that, after he pulled it off the bed and dragged it into the corner!  Hump, spasm, ejaculate!  Good Gravy!  He did that to mom's spread, and anything 'blankety' he could snag after the spread died of old age, until HE died of old age at when I was about 22.  I'd forgotten all about that lovely habit of his!   :o

Holy cow!  Was he fixed?

Some toms never lose interest- especially if they have already mated before and were neutered relatively late. My poor boy Mikka would get horribly frustrated when there was an unfixed female outside. Ever seen a Norwegian Forest Cat trying to get out through a letterslot?
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Tsaiko on November 17, 2012, 10:23:17 AM
Oh, MEMORIES!...  We had an orange cat when I was 7, name of Marmalade.  Came to us as an adult male, of about a year.  Quite neurotic animal.  Mom's bed had a fleece cover, and he would hump that, after he pulled it off the bed and dragged it into the corner!  Hump, spasm, ejaculate!  Good Gravy!  He did that to mom's spread, and anything 'blankety' he could snag after the spread died of old age, until HE died of old age at when I was about 22.  I'd forgotten all about that lovely habit of his!   :o

Holy cow!  Was he fixed?

Some toms never lose interest- especially if they have already mated before and were neutered relatively late. My poor boy Mikka would get horribly frustrated when there was an unfixed female outside. Ever seen a Norwegian Forest Cat trying to get out through a letterslot?

No, but I have the feeling that would be comedy gold if it were put on Youtube!
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: snowfire on November 17, 2012, 03:07:56 PM
Ever seen a Norwegian Forest Cat trying to get out through a letterslot?
(http://www3.telus.net/smile/images/laugh2.gif)

Probably even funnier than the TINY miniature horse stallion that I saw trying to sweet talk a Shire mare.  He stood maybe 2.5 feet tall at the shoulder and she was well over 6 feet.  I'll give him points for ego and ambition.  The mare just looked at him and yawned.  ;D
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Minmom3 on November 17, 2012, 09:07:36 PM
Oh, MEMORIES!...  We had an orange cat when I was 7, name of Marmalade.  Came to us as an adult male, of about a year.  Quite neurotic animal.  Mom's bed had a fleece cover, and he would hump that, after he pulled it off the bed and dragged it into the corner!  Hump, spasm, ejaculate!  Good Gravy!  He did that to mom's spread, and anything 'blankety' he could snag after the spread died of old age, until HE died of old age at when I was about 22.  I'd forgotten all about that lovely habit of his!   :o

Holy cow!  Was he fixed?

Some toms never lose interest- especially if they have already mated before and were neutered relatively late. My poor boy Mikka would get horribly frustrated when there was an unfixed female outside. Ever seen a Norwegian Forest Cat trying to get out through a letterslot?

I was 7, so this is all hearesay - Vet said he was about a year old, and WAS fixed.  He did it until he died, when I was about 22 or so.  He moved on to other blankets once the flowered fuzzy spread hit the trash bin, but he LOVED the spread the mostest!  He got really offended one time, after high school, when he tried to jump up from the counter to the top of the fridge, and he missed it gloriously.  Mom said he'd had a stroke, and couldn't hear too well, and couldn't jump as well (don't know why she didn't move his food down onto the floor, but he wasn't my cat...)  He jumped up, and the top of the arc was well below the top of the fridge, and pretty far out, like a third of the jump it needed to be, and it was perfectly smooth and he went up and then he went down.  It was hilarious and I started laughing, and he gave me a filthy look and went and hid under something.  He was a really smart cat, and I was a wretched child to him.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: mbbored on November 18, 2012, 02:57:24 AM
Not weird but Falcor ate half a tray of homemade empanadas this afternoon before I could put them in the oven. Jerk.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Gyburc on November 21, 2012, 06:30:52 AM
A former goose kept trying to mate with me.

I've heard other goose owners say this. Fortunately, Titan has not tried this with me so far!  ;D

I really need to set up a fence in the garden to keep the geese away from the house. Our new back doors are French doors, so the geese spend all of their time sitting outside trying to see what we are doing in the house (and if we are likely to be bringing them food). Titan keeps trying to bite through the glass, and every time one of us goes past the door, all three of them start shouting at us.  ::)
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: blue2000 on November 21, 2012, 09:13:40 AM
A former goose kept trying to mate with me.

I've heard other goose owners say this. Fortunately, Titan has not tried this with me so far!  ;D

I really need to set up a fence in the garden to keep the geese away from the house. Our new back doors are French doors, so the geese spend all of their time sitting outside trying to see what we are doing in the house (and if we are likely to be bringing them food). Titan keeps trying to bite through the glass, and every time one of us goes past the door, all three of them start shouting at us.  ::)


Sounds like the goose version of football on TV.

"Throw the corn! No, you fool! Over here!"
"What's he doing?"
"Passing, I think. Throw the corn out here! C'mon, THROW IT!"
<sigh> "Scraggy, he can't hear you through the glass..."
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: bansidhe on November 21, 2012, 02:32:38 PM
I'd love some insight into this behavior if anybody has some.

I adopted my now-5-year-old neutered male cat when he was three from a rescue organization so I'm not sure of his background. He has a stuffed fish with a rattle in it that he LOVES and carries everywhere. He especially likes to wait until I turn out the lights to go to bed, then he brings it into the room all while meowing loudly and repeatedly with a "mrowr?" sound and then playing with it. (Sometimes we even play fetch.)

I've always wondered what this means, too. I can't really correlate it to any behavior cats would display in the wild.

Four of my guys do the "carry and meow" thing: three girls and one boy. Molly Maguire is most likely to do it right after one of us leaves for work and Flynn and Mosaic most often do it when I'm getting ready for bed or have just gone to bed. Flynn is like clockwork: she starts carrying around her now almost-bald stuffed hedgehog and squeaking the minute I head for the shower in the evening. Both she and her sister like to bring toys to bed with them and we often wake up to find stuffed mice and whatnot all over the bed.

Dubh does it less frequently and there doesn't seem to be a pattern with him.

All four of them have very strong preferences as to which toys they do this with.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 21, 2012, 02:54:46 PM
One of my supervisor's cats likes to bury his toy mice in the food bowl.  Fortunately, his brother is the tolerant sort, since they share.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: ladyknight1 on November 21, 2012, 03:43:45 PM
I have now learned the hard way. Buy one more piece of chicken than you plan to eat, because my two carpet sharks will circle you like an injured seal until you give them a tiny bit of chicken. I call it the poultry frenzy.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: LEMon on November 21, 2012, 11:08:17 PM
Someone mentioned a cat that didn't like blowing leaves.  Our pup does not like walking on leaves.  Fall sees the most interesting manuevers as she tries to walk down the sidewalk without stepping on leaves, while remembering where she needs to tell us to cross the road or the house doggies will bark at us.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: SamiHami on November 21, 2012, 11:13:54 PM
uh... when I was a kid, we had a male cat (non-neutered) bring home a kitten once

Did you keep the kitten?
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: SamiHami on November 21, 2012, 11:24:23 PM
I'm such a dork! How could I forget to tell you all about Sammy's daily quest to save us from a sock uprising?

Every morning without fail, he jumps on the bed while I am getting dressed. I tend o get colder than DH, so I have an extra blanket on my side. It has a big, yellow smiley face on it. That is the arena. Sammy takes a fuzzy Christmas sock (that he stole from me a long time ago) and attacks it for all it's worth. It can get very heated! He does this every day, and never ever ever ever plays with/attacks the sock anywhere else. It must be in the arena.

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m13/barneslr/2011-11-17073323.jpg)
Sammy resting after one of his epic battles.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: rain on November 22, 2012, 05:51:39 AM
uh... when I was a kid, we had a male cat (non-neutered) bring home a kitten once

Did you keep the kitten?

of course (she was kind of a shared cat with our neighbor)- but she was extremely feral - never did get to touch her
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Gyburc on November 22, 2012, 05:54:57 AM
A former goose kept trying to mate with me.

I've heard other goose owners say this. Fortunately, Titan has not tried this with me so far!  ;D

I really need to set up a fence in the garden to keep the geese away from the house. Our new back doors are French doors, so the geese spend all of their time sitting outside trying to see what we are doing in the house (and if we are likely to be bringing them food). Titan keeps trying to bite through the glass, and every time one of us goes past the door, all three of them start shouting at us.  ::)


Sounds like the goose version of football on TV.

"Throw the corn! No, you fool! Over here!"
"What's he doing?"
"Passing, I think. Throw the corn out here! C'mon, THROW IT!"
<sigh> "Scraggy, he can't hear you through the glass..."

Yep, that's our house, and our geese! Except that we can actually hear them, and it's really distracting.  :)
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Mal on November 27, 2012, 09:28:27 AM
I can add another catnip-like smell-fetish of my cat:
Raw, unpeeled carrots...
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Ginger G on November 27, 2012, 09:48:53 AM
Background - I've taught a few of my cats to fetch over the years, but not one has taken to it quite the way my two year old tabby Charlie has.  He is obsessed with it as much as any dog I've ever seen.  You'll be sitting there minding your own business and he will keep bringing toys until you give in and play.  If you continue to try to ignore him, he will jump up and put the toy in your lap.  I've woken up covered with toys on more than one occasion.

So, this past Friday I was laying on the couch trying to recover from Thanksgiving which I had hosted at my home.  My back was hurting from all the cooking and cleaning I had been doing all week.  Normally we put our Christmas tree up either the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving, but with my back hurting there was no way that was going to happen until the next weekend.   So, I was laying there and Charlie comes up to me and he has something odd hanging out of his mouth.  I took the item from him, and to my surprise it was a sealed ziplock bag full of Christmas tree ornament hooks.  I have NO idea where he got it, it should have been up in the attic with the Christmas stuff.  I guess that was his way of telling me he knows it's time to decorate for Christmas! 
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: rain on November 27, 2012, 05:49:03 PM
I can add another catnip-like smell-fetish of my cat:
Raw, unpeeled carrots...


um.... for oddness your kitty wins, but for being attracted to stinky things ... my cat just loves my DS's soccer shoes - he really goes wild rubbing his cheeks on them & trying to play with them
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: MerryCat on November 27, 2012, 07:14:11 PM
Rain, my cats like stinky shoes too. Mitten also  likes to hide her favorite toys in your shoe and push them all they way down to the toes.  If you try to jam your shoes on without checking for toys first you end up with sore toes.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: SamiHami on November 27, 2012, 08:05:11 PM
Rain, my cats like stinky shoes too. Mitten also  likes to hide her favorite toys in your shoe and push them all they way down to the toes.  If you try to jam your shoes on without checking for toys first you end up with sore toes.

Sammy used to do that when he was a kitten!
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: LibraryLady on November 28, 2012, 10:56:23 AM
My BIL is a farmer and he wore his farm boots here one time ( they had the smell of cow manure on them), he took them off at the door,
and I think perhaps some dried grains fell off.  After they left, Junior my old cat, sniffed the area and reacted to it just like catnip!  He laid on it
squirmed all over it, purred up a storm (and he is not a purr-er) and just went crazy.
He was a sad kitty when we vaccuumed the area.   :(
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: whiskeytangofoxtrot on November 28, 2012, 12:18:47 PM
Our hound mix, Caleb, has a thing for wet hair and towels, or maybe it's the hair products, we're not sure. Whatever the case, if I stoop to give him cuddles with my hair wrapped in a towel, he goes bonkers wanting to roll on it, and on my head. A few nuzzles and shoulder rolls, and he's a happy little lad. We've started to call it "dognip".
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Snooks on November 28, 2012, 02:26:06 PM
I can add another catnip-like smell-fetish of my cat:
Raw, unpeeled carrots...

Mine too, except we noticed it when we were eating raw carrots and talking to the cat.  She almost had her head in our mouths trying to get to the smell.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Miss Misery on November 28, 2012, 02:29:24 PM
Frapps the kitty scoops the catfood out of the bowl with her paw before eating it.

Arlo the fat cat likes to pull the towels off the rack and sleep on them.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: MorgnsGrl on November 28, 2012, 02:32:58 PM
I'm such a dork! How could I forget to tell you all about Sammy's daily quest to save us from a sock uprising?

Every morning without fail, he jumps on the bed while I am getting dressed. I tend o get colder than DH, so I have an extra blanket on my side. It has a big, yellow smiley face on it. That is the arena. Sammy takes a fuzzy Christmas sock (that he stole from me a long time ago) and attacks it for all it's worth. It can get very heated! He does this every day, and never ever ever ever plays with/attacks the sock anywhere else. It must be in the arena.

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m13/barneslr/2011-11-17073323.jpg)
Sammy resting after one of his epic battles.

Love this story! We once had a cat with a sock fetish but he would steal any sock he could find.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 28, 2012, 02:34:53 PM
You know Snoopy's vulture position on top of the dog house?  Sassy has been in this position on top of the hot water heater the last few nights when I've gone down to feed them.  I put Sassy's dish up on top of the dryer, which is right beside the hot water heater, due to my other cat being very food oriented and I'm trying to keep her from eating too much.  Sass doesn't overeat.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: ladyknight1 on November 28, 2012, 02:52:07 PM
Ever since the time change a few weeks ago, my elderly cat Harley begins to walk around DH and I at 5AM sharp. He has slept with us since he was a kitten, and I am certainly not going to make him stop, but I am also not sure why he began doing this! When he walks on my hair it hurts!
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: mw8242 on November 28, 2012, 03:01:58 PM
Paddy has a weird habit of meowing and carrying on around 3am. He only quiets down when I get up and go to the bathroom - then he eats, his bowl is right outside the bathroom. I'm not sure if he's fearful for my bladder or if he just wants an audience during his snack. I've tried not getting up & yelling at him to shut up but he's stubborn & I'm tired...he wins.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: nuit93 on November 28, 2012, 04:02:24 PM
Frapps the kitty scoops the catfood out of the bowl with her paw before eating it.


Our older cat Scsi does that too!  She'll whine if she can't get the bits of dry food out of the bowl.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Shakira on November 29, 2012, 06:21:46 PM
When our cat Stuey was a baby, he LOVED to jump on top of the iguana cage. He could look down and watch Max (the iguana) crawl around, plus the heat lamps made it very warm up there!

Max HATED having an audience, so we tried to discourage Stuey's habit. We discovered that he got u there by starting on the back of the sofa, jumped onto the dinette table and then directly on top of the cage.

Well, we REALLY his plans! Our (glass topped) dinette table had a removable top. We hardly used the table anyway, so we took the glass off and stored it in the closet. That night, Stuey took a running start, jumped onto the sofa, jumped toward the table....and sailed right through the open frame and onto the floor! We were laughing hysterically for at least a half an hour. He was embarrassed and sulked under our bed for a whole day.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: Nikko-chan on November 29, 2012, 07:53:56 PM
my  dog Jasper's most favorite thing to do is to curl up with a human on the couch. but it must me only ONE human at a time. If a second human joins in and sits on the couch and gives her lovins while the first human is petting her as well, she growls.  ::)
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: mmswm on November 29, 2012, 07:56:45 PM
I'm staying with friends right now and they have a litter of 5 week old Golden Retrievers.  One of the pups is absolutely the funniest and cutest dog I've ever met. This pup just adores being on his back.  Even when he was a newborn he would nurse while laying on his back. These days, if you reach down to pet him, the first thing he does is flop over on his back.  He sleeps on his back and wiggles around in their play box on his back.  I've never seen a dog love to be upside down quite so much.
Title: Re: Weird things your pets do
Post by: CrochetFanatic on December 02, 2012, 01:47:53 PM
Our Boxer, Daisy, simply adores buttered popcorn, and she will say "Mama" when she watches us eat it and we ask her what she wants.  If she's really desperate, she'll put about five "ma's" into it.  We never taught her to do that, but it's pretty funny.  Except when we're not in the mood to share, then it's not so cute.