Can You Tell Us Why Cats Are So Weird?

cat wearing glasses, reading book

Can you tell us why cats are so weird? Cats can be rather strange creatures at times, and there is no logical explanation for some of the things they do. There are many stories about such quirky traits. Here are a few that I found online. These were from a story in The Guardian.

Josh Fruhlinger (writer, editor, and Comics Curmudgeon)

One of Josh’s cats woke him every morning, just a minute or two before the alarm went off. He’d wake Josh by tapping on his mouth with his paw. He didn’t tap that hard, but Josh says the claws were extended just a tiny bit. It’s pretty apparent that such behavior would wake a person up quickly.

Though the cat didn’t tap hard, he was forceful enough that Josh could feel the claws. In this way, the cat Cat waking man with pawrequested breakfast. Josh says he started feeding his next cat at night.

That wouldn’t work for me, as I feed my cat twice a day. No wonder the kitty wanted to get him up.

Lauren Kelley (Online politics editor at Rolling Stone)

Lauren’s cat believes in getting the day off to an early start, so starts yelling at her very early that he wants his breakfast.

One morning they were awakened at 5:30 a.m. to the sound of meowing, but also to someone telling a story in an extremely loud voice.

It seems the cat had walked across their laptop, turned on a Moth podcast, and then turned the volume all the way up.

The first time it was amusing, but when the cat did exactly the same thing the next morning, they realized the problem was not going to go away. Now Lauren closes her laptop before going to bed.

Sarah Grieco

Sarah has a cat named Velcro, who got his name because he used to stick his claws into her clothing when he was a kitten.

Good name for a kitten. Once when my son and I were caring for a neighbor’s two kittens in their absence, we went over to feed them.

When we arrived, both kittens ran up David’s pantlegs, one on each side. He picked them up and pulled them off and said, “Look, Mom — Velcro kittens.”

Cat with paw in water glassSarah’s’s Velcro had a funny habit. People would come to dinner, or to visit, and would have a glass of water at the table with their meal, or just for refreshment. When they would leave the table, the cat got up there and stuck his paw into the person’s water glass, reaching down into the glass as far as he could.

One day Sarah’s mom caught the cat in the act. However, they wouldn’t always know if their water was cat-aminated or not. They had to start putting coasters on top of the glass when they left the table.

Rachel Perrone (Communications Director at RH Reality Check)

Rachel’s cat visited the garage when her step-father winterized the cars. Rachel was concerned that the cat had gotten automotive fluids on her fur.

Rachel decided giving her a bath seemed like a good idea, but the cat was outraged. A long time later, still damp, she got on Rachel’s lap.

Rachel thought her cat had forgiven her, but she was wrong. The cat peed on her.

Rebecca Roth

A couple of years ago, when Rebecca visited their basement, she saw their cat, Luna, go into the only room in the basement that was partially furnished. The room did not have a litter box. 

Since the cat normally went to the basement to use her litter box, Rebecca followed her to make sure she didn’t pee on the floor.

No, the cat had her own plan. She squatted, making sure she was properly positioned, and peed into the drain on the floor.

What a great solution! No smell, no mess, and no litter.

Caroline Kenney

Before cell phones and cordless phones, Caroline’s tuxedo cat, Seymour, would answer the phone. He loved thetuxedo cat with cell phone contraption, and loved to answer it. More than once, a friend told her that, when they had called, they had been greeted with a meow, instead of the standard “hello.”

Put that cat on the payroll! Caroline has acquired a free answering service.

Peter Sterne (reporter at Politico Media)

Peter’s cat, Hunter, loves to play with crumpled paper. The cat apparently regarded the wastebasket as a box of toys for him. Whenever Peter threw a crumpled piece of paper in the basket, Hunter would dive into the basket to get it.

Usually this action would knock over the basket and spill out the trash. Then the cat had a large choice of playthings.

Jennifer Kho (Guardian US Managing Editor)

Jennifer says that a few years ago they got a pit bull, named it Daily, and wondered how their cats would react to the dog. When they brought Daily home, one of their cats, Stringer, went right up to the dog and stuck his head in the dog’s big mouth. The dog backed away, looking shocked.

This behavior went on for weeks. Whenever Daily was near the cat and would yawn, Stringer would put his head in her mouth.

When other dogs came to visit, Stringer would not demonstrate this strange behavior. Then one day a friend brought her pit bull over for a play visit. Before they even realized Stringer was there, he ran over and stuck his head in the surprised dog’s mouth.

Now, why on earth would the cat exhibit this behavior? Yes, some cats are really weird!

I am sure that some of you readers have your own stories of some weird behavior on the part of your cat. I’d love it if you would share your story in the comment section at the end of this post. Then the rest of us can enjoy it, too.

If you would like to read the original article, go to https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/ 2015/sep/06/cat-stories-weirdos-feline-oddity


4 Responses to Can You Tell Us Why Cats Are So Weird?

  1. KC says:

    My cat, Fatboy, does the same as Josh’s cat. There’s no sleeping in with Fatboy around. YOU WILL get up and feed him his breakfast. He also has a habit of wanting to be scratched and rubbed at 04:00. It’s gotten to be such a regular occurrence that now I wake up at 04:00-ish if Fatboy hasn’t dropped by for his early morning snuggle and scratch. The boy has me trained!

    KC, Member in good standing with ISTC (In Service To Cats)

    • Fran Kelso says:

      Ah, yes, cats and breakfast. These four-leggeds do not take no for an answer. They seem to figure out ways to train us to do what they want. Who claims they aren’t owned by their cat? Think again. The cat is in charge.

  2. Trevor M says:

    Cats are amazing creatures. I like the part where the lady in your post said the cat forgot about her, but then it peed on her….LOL Cats are very weird. I had a cat, I loved that little guy his name was Smithers. He was the craziest cat I have ever had and he pooped on my pillow one time. I sometimes wonder if he did that out of spite or he just really had to go. Your blog has some really good information. Thank YOU

    • Fran Kelso says:

      Believe me, your cat was leaving some kind of message…not necessarily out of spite.  Do you keep his litter box spotlessly clean?  If not, he might have been complaining.  Or perhaps he really did have to go BAD.  

      They do some pretty crazy things sometime, and it is not always easy to figure out the message.  I guess we might as well just love them.

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