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post #1 of 32
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hello!

my cat is 1.5 years old and in the past few months has developed an odd behavior - every night before bed, she walks around with this toy chicken that shes had since she was little and meows with it in her mouth. the meow is a really odd meow, like a moaning. she will walk around with it in her mouth and then just leave it somewhere (no specific place) and that will be the end of it. can anyone tell me why she does this?

thanks =)
post #2 of 32
I really have no idea why they do that...but I will say that 3 out of the 4 female cat's we've had have done that and one of the males used to do it with dirty socks. When I was a kid I used to think that Natasha was pretending that it was her baby and she was mewing for it. It's pretty cute. Just wait till she starts tossing it in the air and playing with it, not only do you get "mmmerrrrowwwww" but you also get "silence. Thud. Thud Thud thud thud thud" and then more "mmmmmeeerrrroooowwww"
Maybe they're just showing off. "Hey look everyone!!! I have my favourite and best toy ever!!!"
post #3 of 32
My male adult cat does that too - he doesn't necessarily want us to play with him (which we originally thought he was asking for), he just wants to show off his dilapidated stuffed kitty baby! He will play by himself just like Sylorna's does.
post #4 of 32
I think it might be a primal/instinctual thing. Cassie is not a talker. And she is not your typical "night cat" either, where she plays and howls at night and sleeps during the day. She is more "human" than anything else, but very shy. There is one toy, however, that brings out the "animal" in her...and it's "Mousy," a jingly mouse toy that looks like a real mouse (maybe it feels like one too?). Anyway, if she is about to "hunt" Mousy at night, BF and I will hear "Mew! Mew! Mew-mew-mew-mew!" Then we'll Mousy jingle, which means she attacked it! When we moved last year too, we had some newspapers laying on the ground and Mousy happened to be near it. Cassie got all hunkered down in the newspapers, to "camouflage" herself, then starting going NUTS on him, talking and everything. She also meows when he's in her mouth. It's pretty funny.

So I think it's normal, what your cat is doing. Just let him have fun
post #5 of 32
Spyder does the same thing with his feather duster!
post #6 of 32
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Originally Posted by mixiecrystals
hello!

my cat is 1.5 years old and in the past few months has developed an odd behavior - every night before bed, she walks around with this toy chicken that shes had since she was little and meows with it in her mouth. the meow is a really odd meow, like a moaning. she will walk around with it in her mouth and then just leave it somewhere (no specific place) and that will be the end of it. can anyone tell me why she does this?

thanks =)
My cat does this...but she does it with socks. She carries them in her mouth and meows right when we go to bed. She also does it whenever me or my boyfriend leave the house. She leaves it in different places everytime. If she cant get socks, she gets a sweater!
post #7 of 32
I used to have a kitty named Judy who did this with leaves...sometimes she would bring a pile 10 or 11 of them into the house all the while making a strange yowling/meowing sound.
post #8 of 32
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Originally Posted by mixiecrystals
hello!

my cat is 1.5 years old and in the past few months has developed an odd behavior - every night before bed, she walks around with this toy chicken that shes had since she was little and meows with it in her mouth. the meow is a really odd meow, like a moaning. she will walk around with it in her mouth and then just leave it somewhere (no specific place) and that will be the end of it. can anyone tell me why she does this?

thanks =)
I have one cat that does this also... I just think she is really enjoying her toy!!
post #9 of 32
My cat does it too, he only does it when my boyfriend plays "claw" with him with the bedsheets. It's a terrible meow..like when he goes to the vet. He only does it though when my boyfriend stops playing with him.
post #10 of 32
Our cats used to yowl if they brought us anything in from outside (i.e. a bird or beetle)

Would wait until we paid them attention, would drop whatever it was and then carry on as if nothing had happened!!!
post #11 of 32
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Originally Posted by jane_vernon
Our cats used to yowl if they brought us anything in from outside (i.e. a bird or beetle)

Would wait until we paid them attention, would drop whatever it was and then carry on as if nothing had happened!!!
I had that happen one time, with a chipmunk. Unfortunately for Samantha it was still alive and it caused much confusion when she dropped it and it tried to run away.
post #12 of 32
My cat does this too. He has a mouse that I think he's had for 4 years and he carrys it around in his mouth and makes a funny meow. We always call it his baby. And out of all his toy mouse, he will not chase this one if its thrown?!?
post #13 of 32
Rosie does that nearly every night with her catnip sack. She's done it for a while now and she starts at the top of the stairs and carries it down, but i remember when i first heard the meowing i thought something had happend to her?!, so i jumped up and she drops the sack once she's at the bottom of the stairs.

I always tell her what a good girl she is for mummy and give her a scritch
post #14 of 32
Sophie doesn't do this, and Sunni only had one toy that she ever showed interest in. It was a small stuffed bear that Joe won me at the fair. From the day I brought it home, she adopted it. She did the nocturnal carrying and meowing with it every night for five years. When she died, I didn't know what else to do with it, so I buried her bear with her.
post #15 of 32
Many cats I that have owned me have done this. Currently, my cat George, does this with his Sockie and Megan does this with her Green Mousie. They both take them all over the house telling the world about their babies. I have never been able to find an article on it to explain what the experts think this behavior means. It's fun though, isn't it ?
post #16 of 32
Sunnicat, I'm sure that would have exactly what Sunni wanted!!!
post #17 of 32
OMG! Henry does that too and I thought he was just a strange one! LOL! He will carry his "Kitty" (a Beanie Baby tabby like him) that he's had since he was about 8 weeks old around, with a deep meow. He wakes us up in the middle of the night, carrying it into the bedroom. I'd love to see some behavioral explanation for why cats do this, but I never have found one, either.
post #18 of 32
Caitlin does this with mice. And she keeps on meowing until I get up out of bed to see what she has brought me. Even if my wife gets up and goes to look she keeps on going until I'm there.

Sweet really, but very annoying at 3am
post #19 of 32
Much will drag our sweaters or any clothing down the stairs meowing the whole way.

Carly will do it right before bed and it almost sounds like a parrot say hello (herro, herro).
post #20 of 32
What an amazing forum (not to mention site! ). I've had this same situation with a couple of my cats and couldn't find any one else who could relate. Now it seems it isn't so strange--- or if it is, mine are not the only ones doing this.
My tale started about 6 or 7 years ago with one of my male cats (Sam) who has since passed on-- (at 17 years and 23+lbs!!). He would carry socks/garden gloves around the house at odd hours of the day & night, calling out loudly. At the time we had 3 other cats older then him (who have also passed on-- average age of those 3 20+ years). While Sam was still around, we 'adopted' Tsuki, who came as a kitten from a shelter. All was pretty normal (ie she didn't show any strange carrying signs) up until about a month or two before Sams passing. She then seemed to 'adopt' 2 small chenille teddy bears we had sitting out on a chair. So on any given day we'd come home or wake up to socks, gloves & teddy bears scattered about the house. Like the others have posted, Tsuki will 'cry' out (abeit muffled-- as the TB's are in her mouth) and she will deposit them randomly on the floor.... except at night when she 'brings them up -- individually mind you--- onto our bed (where she sleeps). Except for wanting to carry them around, she doesn't cuddle up with them, nor show any other interest in them. As she's now 5 and didn't do this when we originally brought her home, we can old guess she 'learned' this from Sam!
post #21 of 32
Bandit does this with the kitty wand toy. One night, I was so shocked and worried about the yowling, that I came downstairs to check out what the problem was. She was just running around dragging the toy behind her... I went into the computer room and saw down to check my email, and she followed me, meowing, and just dropped it at my feet. She decided she wanted me to play with her. :Shrug: She's the only one of my cats that does this. The other ones get out their "night energy" by running and chasing eachother through the house... sounding like a herd of horses.

Cats are weird!!!
post #22 of 32
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Originally Posted by sunnicat
Sophie doesn't do this, and Sunni only had one toy that she ever showed interest in. It was a small stuffed bear that Joe won me at the fair. From the day I brought it home, she adopted it. She did the nocturnal carrying and meowing with it every night for five years. When she died, I didn't know what else to do with it, so I buried her bear with her.
Oh my goodness. That's such a sweet story.
post #23 of 32
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Originally Posted by Godiva
... The other ones get out their "night energy" by running and chasing eachother through the house... sounding like a herd of horses.
Oh yes. I call that particular game: "Thundering Paws"
post #24 of 32
Cindy does this wth her mice, luvvies and red string. She has this really sweet little meow that she does as she carries her toys in her mouth. She generally does this to announce that she is bringing her toys to us!

IMO, there is nothing cuter than the sight of your baby with a toy in their mouth coming towards you
post #25 of 32
Some of these are so funny!! My guys just carry any stuff (including my underwear-- grrrr) around, but they don't meow when they are doing it. Last night the kitten was helping me do laundry-- carrying clean underwear, shirts (now that was funny!), and socks halfway up the stairs for me.

Jo
post #26 of 32
My male Neo, always does this with mice I get at the local pet store. He won't touch any other mice but has to have these particular ones that have feathers for tales and rattle. Every night I hear him meowing from the other room as he carries the toy into the bedroom.

My other cats don't do it as much but Rogue used to steal my roommates dog toys while I was at work. I would come home and find no less than 12 stuffed animals under my desk. The funnies was watching her carry them since many of them were as big if not bigger than her. She would also do the muffled cry.
post #27 of 32
Wonton did that with his chesire cat toy, before i had to take it away from him. First of all, i collect cheshire cat stuff, and i bought it on ebay-it was meant to be a toy for ME, not for the cat! but he loved it and just had a strange attachment/fixation to it. his eyes would get huge and he'd pounce on it, take it by the neck and give it a death bite, and then pick it up and walk around the house with it in his mouth, meowing. He'd also sometimes look agitated, like he wanted to do something with it but he wasn't sure what. a few times too, he tried to, err..have his way with it. not sure what was up with that. but generally he'd just get really excited and play with it, bite it, claw at it, grow at it...if i held it and moved it slowly towards him, when it got to about four inches from his face he'd make this odd growling/barking sound, and pounce on it.

one day tho, i was playing with him with the cheshy as usual, and i got up to walk by him, and he attacked me for no reason. i made a thread about it in this forum, this was baout a month ago...it was like he got worked up by the toy and took it out on me when i walked by. i couldn't be in the same room with him for two weeks, and things are just now getting back to normal, so i've taken his chesh away from him :/ i didn't want to, but i feel like it riles him up too much, and i don't want to take the chance of being attacked again.

he carries other things in his mouth sometimes tho - his plastic balls that he plays with, and a feather toy...he doesn't meow tho. he's never reacted to any other toy the way he reacts to that cheshire cat.
post #28 of 32
Our two have lots of toys, but Nathan does this with one particular fuzzy purple mouse. At night when we go to bed we will hear him coming down the hall doing this mrooooowr thing, and then he'll get to the bedroom door and he'll stand there with it in his mouth and keep mroooowr-ing, until I say, "Good boy Nathan, you caught the mousie!" and he'll drop it and leap on the bed for scritches. I think it's just adorable.
post #29 of 32
My cat Boo does this with socks. Almost every night she will find a sock and take it in her mouth and walks around the house with it and cries this really loud wierd noisy moan. She does this in the middle of the night. Almost every morning I have to go around picking up all the socks she has left everywhere. wierd.....
post #30 of 32
This is hysterical. Our cat does this with ONE certain toy. It happens to be the first toy she ever got....it's a red sock looking thing with a bell on it that doesn't "ding" anymore cuz it's so old. I have been wondering for so long what the hecks she is doing. Granted, it's cute but I was getting a little worried. Sometimes she moves it several times in one day and other times, she doesn't touch it for days on end. Sometimes weeks. We call it (him) Bobby. "Bobby the Baby". We always say that she is "yelling at him to stay put". I had to laugh out loud in reading some of these postings...so many of them are similar and terribly funny. I'm very grateful to have found this site. I'm sure I'll be back. Thanks everyone
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