I live with three cats, as you may know. Two of them are mine: a docile boy who bestows his love on strangers and pillows alike, and a feisty girl who likes to perch on my shoulder. The third cat is a mad-eyed part-Siamese who occasionally trips over her own paws. On a daily basis, the three of them do things that baffle my housemates and me. If one of us happens to miss a particularly insane cat behavior, we’ll regale each other with cat stories over dinner. (We’re well on our way to becoming a household of crazy cat ladies.) Here are a few of their more systematically weird behaviors:
* Sitting on objects whenever possible. I don’t mean sitting atop chairs or warm televisions; that’s normal. No, our felines insist on sitting on objects that make no functional difference to their comfort. If there’s a small sheet of cardboard in the middle of the floor, they’ll contort themselves until they fit onto it. If I leave a single clean sock on my bed, the cat will fall asleep right there, so that only the forlorn toe is peeping out. The only possible explanation is that they thrive on creating inconvenience.
* Hunting invisibles. Every now and then, all three cats will engage in warfare with something invisible. Read More