I'm currently away for the weekend with my family, and although those old school weekends are always fun, it's quite confronting how soon and terribly genuine you can miss those little critters at home. They are being taken care of quite awesomely by my aunt, so I know they're probably not even thinking about the person they usually spend their days with, but still... I think it's amazing how companions like that can grow on you, warts and all, and so I thought I'd quickly share some of the weird habits they seem to have developed over the (almost!) year they've been with me, celebrating this Caturday while I'm at it. Funny thing is, a lot of these will sound so familiar to fellow cat owners that I can't wait to hear your own stories. But first, let's get to know my two feisty felines, shall we?
Sometimes (well, most times actually) when I'm going about my daily routines, chores, or just living, I look up to find those two staring at me which I always find so funny. I mean, what is going on in their minds at that moment? Are they silently mocking me when I shimmy through the living room when there's a good song on? Are they thinking "man, is that her second glass of wine on a weekday? My, my, she's at it again." Or are they just secretly wondering why I can't sit still so that they can go on snoozing without someone making noise around the house? I guess we'll never know.
SNIFFING MY FACE
Leia is especially fond of this, as she does it every time JUST before I fall asleep. She sneaks up to my pillow and just starts sniffing my face as if to make sure that it's actually me in the bed and if I'm still awake for cuddles. It's actually pretty sweet when they do this because it's just them getting to know you better, and exploring everything about you.
'TALKING' ABOUT THEIR DAY
Another typical Leia habit: every time I come home, whether it's just from a day's work or a vacation, she always follows me around for the first hour or so, just meowing and bumping into me as if she wants to tell me what's she's been doing all day. A cat's meow, however, is specially developed for communicating with their humans (they don't use it for anything/anyone else, how cool is that?) so she's probably only craving a bit of attention, which I still think is cute as hell. Basically, who wouldn't?
PUTTING TOYS IN THE WATER BOWL
Strummer does this all the time and I have no idea why. Is he trying to drown his prey? I don't know... Weirdo.
DIGGING FOR BLANKET SPACE
You know Autumn has definitely arrived when you start feeling the need to reach for your good old blanket when preparing for a relaxing night of your favourite tv series or film. The minute I've perfectly spread that blanket out over me, Strummer jumps in and starts attempting to 'dig' his way into some of that blanket cosiness until I give in, lift the blanket up so he can crawl into a little ball underneath.
BEING DEAD-SET ON PHYSICAL CONTACT
Whether it's while sleeping or just sitting next to me, they have to have at least one limb of theirs in direct contact with one of mine. Possessive much?
Honestly, I thought most cats were supposed to stay clear of water? Strummer and Leia like nothing better than either rushing under the shower with me or staying close to it so they can burst through the shower curtain to play with the jets of water whenever they feel like it, scaring the crap out of me sometimes.
EXPLODING INTO RANDOM SPRINTS
It usually goes like this: we're all just having a regular, quiet evening when one of the two (usually Leia) suddenly flips (due to a sudden sighting of their own tail or whatever else they're imagining) and starts running, causing the other one to just follow suit, resulting in a couple of highly impressive sprints throughout the apartment. Just... pray you're never in their way when this happens.
STEALING THE DRAIN STOPPERS
Yup, one of their favourite hobbies is stealing the drain stoppers out of all my sinks AND the bath (which is a big one, I don't know how they do it) and hide it somewhere randomly. Even when I firmly fix them where they're supposed to be, those two always manage to pry them loose anyway.
BRINGING THEIR TOYS TO THE PLAYING AREA OF THEIR CHOICE
Especially accurate in the mornings, when I'm still in bed and can't play with him in the living room, Strummer tends to bring his favourite toy (which is a simple strip of plastic, go figure) onto the bed. I don't even have to play with him, he's fine with just amusing himself as long as it's in close proximity. Adorable young man, isn't he. Not even putting a question mark there.
Q: any of these sound familiar? What are some of the weirdest things your cat(s) do?