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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hi, I have a almost 2 year old little girl named Lexi. She loves to play with hair bands. they are the elastic bands that you use for ponytails. There isn't any metal on them.

What she has been doing is taking them and putting them in the food bowls. I have two other cats so there are a couple of bowls and she puts the in them too.

Does anyone have any idea why she is doing this? It's not a problem I am wanting to solve. As a matter of fact, I giggle everytime I see it. Just wondering why she is doing it.
Thanks for any ideas
post #2 of 11
Maybe she's bringing her babies to the food? I dunno! But it's really cute!

Laurie
post #3 of 11
That sounds silly!
post #4 of 11
I once heard of a cat that collected all the families underpants & put them under a sideboard.
post #5 of 11
What's wrong with a bit of garnish?
post #6 of 11
I have no clue, but Charlie will steal them and carry them around. Maybe they think they need to be washed?
post #7 of 11
This is not uncommon behavior. I've always thought that they are bringing their "prey"/"kill" back to the safety of their "lair", just like they'd do in the wild. Obviously indoor cats don't actually have a "lair" so to speak, but cats often treat their eating areas as safe sections of their territory.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by RobertM View Post
This is not uncommon behavior. I've always thought that they are bringing their "prey"/"kill" back to the safety of their "lair", just like they'd do in the wild. Obviously indoor cats don't actually have a "lair" so to speak, but cats often treat their eating areas as safe sections of their territory.
That makes a lot more sense than my guess!

Laurie
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thank you for answering. It's nice meeting you all. I find them in my bed also but mostly she just stores them in the food bowl. These are her favorite toys of all.
Thanks again
Debbie
post #10 of 11
It is amazing what I come home to each day in the water bowl. I've seen it all from the mice to crumpled up pieces of paper to pretty much anything they can fit in their mouth.
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by mrswrd View Post
Thank you for answering. It's nice meeting you all. I find them in my bed also but mostly she just stores them in the food bowl. These are her favorite toys of all.
Thanks again
Debbie
That makes sense in line with the above answer about territory - the safest places which make up a cat's core territory are the eating area and the sleeping area, even if your cat doesn't sleep in your bed herself it will still be considered a safe place to store things, because you sleep there

If my boys have stolen anything I almost always find it either in the food bowl (Radar) or in the bed (Sonic).
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