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Question of the Day, Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017

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ALL cats have their own little quirks, some have more than the average pretzel factory.  What is your cat's cutest/craziest/most annoying (or all three at the same time, THAT happens) quirk?

 

 

For the past eight years, Hekitty has insisted that I sleep in the center of my king-sized bed.  I got a 22" strip down the middle, and BOTH sides belonged to her.  I got used to this, and can now flip in the bed, turning from side to side and back to tummy without ever moving outside my allowed area.  I don't even muss up the covers doing it.  However, after getting me THOROUGHLY trained to this, Hekitty has, as she gets near her ninth birthday, decided to teach an old human new tricks.  I still only get 22" of mattress space, but it is now at the extreme left-hand side of the bed, except when I first get in bed, when I have to move enough to the center for her to crawl under the covers, down one side of my body and up the other, checking for contraband (I think).  THEN I have to shift back to the edge.  Failure to comply results in 12 pounds of determined pussycat squirming and wriggling and pushing with all fours (claws out after a certain time) until I give up and move back into my appointed position.

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If I am sitting on the couch, Abby will come up on the side and start thumping her paw against the couch to let me know she is coming up and to make way for her. laughing02.gif
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My Casper has more quirks than you can count, the most common being how annoying can he get before someone lets him outside?!!! He'll eventually start knocking anything that is accessible off of whatever table is nearby. He walks across any body part he can manage, often painful if you are not ready and block him access. Then he'll sit on your chest, with his face inches from your own and every few seconds lets out a meow that all Siamese owners recognize instantly, that grating, low, sound that is like a rusty gate shutting. Our younger red boy is no better, he sounds like a  Russian saying no, NYET, NYET, NYET! Very loud, almost like a Yamaha trying to start.  Many people who stop by say "what is THAT!?" I got to admit they both are unique!

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lately, Artie has been pinning me down in bed. Yup, it is similar to @Mamanyt1953 .. If I am on my side, he is right up against my legs.. if I am on my back he is right up against my side...pins me down no matter where I am. 

 

I am now resorting to sleeping in the center of the bed.. without any room to turn.. he will not allow me any space at all...

 

It is a love/hate relationship....

 

also, as soon as I take his plush fleece throw, to cover up with, he is right there, ready to cuddle on top of it/me...

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When I was lying in bed watching TV Muffy would stand on my pillow between me and the TV and block my view. 

 

I hope I can still talk about my cats in the past tense since all of my cats have passed away.

 

Ellen

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What is it about cats and their (our?)beds? I am there somewhere, most probably pressed against the headboard
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That IS funny about cats and our beds.  We have a good sized bed but Ozzy manages to take over most of it.  I often wake up lying horizontally up where the pillows are, while Ozzy takes up the entire middle part of the bed.  So I squeeze out of bed sideways, and then cover him up so he can continue his nap comfortably.  I wouldn't want to disturb his much-needed rest.  :rolleyes:

 

 

 

 

My other quirky one is Zoe.  I think she doesn't like my choice of TV shows, because she delights in changing the channel on the remote control.

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Kandy loves to sit on my lap when I eat breakfast. Kind of annoying because it's hard to get up & down for stuff from the fridge & stove. But I let her do it anyway. I have a new soft fuzzy bathrobe & she's going mental with that.
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 

LOVE love love these stories!  Man, have we got a bunch of quirky cats...and we wouldn't want them any other way!

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I love my cat so much. I really do. Adopting him was one of the best decisions I've ever made, and I love the little guy. I would not trade him for anything.

 

But man, is he talkative. Sometimes it's like he's delivering lengthy dissertations on topics that remain obtuse to everyone but him. Yap yap yap yap yap. Constantly talking and chattering.

 

He's a masterful complainer who knows how to strike exactly the right tone when he wants something. People say cats are mysterious and are incapable of communicating directly with us like dogs do, but that's not true -- Bud will yap to get my attention, knock down a bag of treats or a tub of Temptations, then park himself near the bag/tub and look at me expectantly. And if I don't drop everything to give him some yums, he will make sure I hear about it until he gets his yums.

 

Buddy likes to run around the house, talking 100 miles a minute. When he's watching birds outside, he offers a running commentary of what he sees, as if he's a color commentator in a sports broadcasting booth. If God forbid I should use the bathroom without inviting him in, I see his little paws frantically reaching under the door and increasingly pitched talking, like "The door is closed...Hey, Big Buddy! The door is closed! Did you notice? It's closed! The door! The door! It's closed! OMG THE DOOR IS CLOSED AND THERE'S A SERIAL KILLER IN HERE OPEN THE DOOR RIGHT NOW RiGHT NOW RIGHT NOW!!!!!"

 

If it's bed time and he doesn't want to sleep, he'll yap for a half hour before settling down. If I feed him chicken for dinner and he decides he doesn't want chicken, he makes sure I know about it.

 

He also has consistent "words" or "phrases" he uses, like his famous "BRRRRUUUUPPP!!!" when he's launching himself into a whirlwind and rocketing around the apartment.

 

And as much as I'd like to think Buddy is a manly little guy, his meows sound like mews, and in general he sounds like a kitten. If you just heard him without seeing him, you'd think it was an 8-week-old baby cat talking.

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If God forbid I should use the bathroom without inviting him in, I see his little paws frantically reaching under the door and increasingly pitched talking, like "The door is closed...Hey, Big Buddy! The door is closed! Did you notice? It's closed! The door! The door! It's closed! OMG THE DOOR IS CLOSED AND THERE'S A SERIAL KILLER IN HERE OPEN THE DOOR RIGHT NOW RiGHT NOW RIGHT NOW!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

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Although Carleton is one of the most perfect cats we've ever known he has an annoying habit of going to the litter box and scratching the wall as soon as we get into bed every night.  If he poops one of us has to get out of bed and clean the box or else there's a stinky smell in the bedroom.1bluewinky.gif 

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Carpet makes a nose like a cell phone. She's got this little "Brrrrppp brrrrppp. Brrrppp brrrppp" noise that she makes when she wants me to pick her up.

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When I was lying in bed watching TV Muffy would stand on my pillow between me and the TV and block my view. 

 

I hope I can still talk about my cats in the past tense since all of my cats have passed away.

 

Ellen

 

of course you can! :nod:    those are treasured memories you're sharing!  hugs.gif

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Mingo will sit by my feet and chirp and chirp like he wants something, but I'm never sure what it is he wants. I think he wants to come up to my lap or sit on the back of the chair, but if I try to lift him up, he goes nuts. I can tempt him with treats, but now that Lily is here, that means I now have two cats wanting on my lap. He also chases Lily off the bed at night, and out of the spare room with the computer. This room is his territory, and he has made it very clear she is not allowed in here.

 

That means when I use the computer, Mingo hops up on the bed behind me, and Lily acts as if she is lost. She cries and cries, sometimes bringing a squeeky toy to try to get Mingo to come out. She won't come in and eventually meatloafs just outside the door until we come out. 

post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by Muffy View Post
 

When I was lying in bed watching TV Muffy would stand on my pillow between me and the TV and block my view. 

 

I hope I can still talk about my cats in the past tense since all of my cats have passed away.

 

Ellen

OH, yes.  They live forever in our hearts and memories!

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for our DeeDee -- she loves to be held and cuddled. it's a truly wonderful thing, which Dude and Punky and I love, but for our little DeeDee it's a pretty constant need. i'm sure it has something to do with her very young months, before she was rescued and before she became part of our family.

 

for our Punky -- it's her chewing. she not only loves to chew, but must chew. there are many boxes around our home, which are there for Punky (and DeeDee) to chew. they chew on those, but also find other (naughty!) things to chew. like cords and cables, which are now as completely covered by split wire loom as humanly possible. on the other hand, our Punky's most endearing quality is her total and complete sweetness -- she's just a sweetheart, through-and through!

 

for our Dude (aka, Jaspurr)......he really is purrfect in every way, he has no faults.

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