Have you ever stepped on your cat in the dark?

United States
July 10, 2008 7:02am CST
Last night, I had to get out of bed for a few minutes and as my feet were about to touch the floor, I felt a really odd furry sensation under my toes. Turns out my cat was laying on the ground right next to my bed. I couldn't even see her in the dark. Luckily, I didn't step on her, just felt of her with my toes. But I did almost trip over her! She got up and moved away quickly. Have you ever stepped on your cat in the dark or tripped over your cat?
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• United States
10 Jul 08
The dynamic duo - My furred doorstops.
Oh, yeah. My cat is very laid back (okay, lazy) and will often plop himself down in the middle of the room and expect us to walk around/over him. Usually, it's not a problem for us to walk around him, but sometimes he will come in and "plop" without me noticing and then I turn around and get a foot-full of cat. Luckily, neither of us has gotten injured in these incidents. I often joke that he and the dog would make a very good guard team. A burgler would be so worried about the loudly barking dog that he would probably fall right over the cat and break a leg. Yep, always ready for action.
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@GardenGerty (102494)
• United States
10 Jul 08
Your pets are so cute, and they look ready to take on anything. Good pose. Need to add it to the family album.
• United States
11 Jul 08
Dynamic Duo! I like that.
@gemini_rose (16194)
10 Jul 08
Ha ha, no I have never stepped on any of my cats in the dark but I sat on one of mine before now LOL. I do not have cats anymore, but when I did I had them all from kittens, and one of my kittens was a tabby. He used to blend in with my sofa and he would always sit on my chair, well when we first had him I was not used to anything being on my chair and one day I just came in and sat on my chair forgetting to check! I could hear this squeaking and I shot up quickly and I had sat on his head LOL he was purrfectly fine just his pride was a bit dented, but I absolutely cried laughing it was just so funny.
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• United States
11 Jul 08
I laughed for ten full minutes! Thanks for the giggle. Sounds like something I would do.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
10 Jul 08
I stepped on my cats paw once, i was getting his dinner and he was getting so excited he kept getting under my feet and the next thing i hear is this big squeal....lucky i have good reflexes and i jumped back straight away....poor baby...
• United States
11 Jul 08
Oh! Poor baby. I can identify with that. The other day, my poor kitten baby ran up to me and got her foot caught under mine. I felt so bad for her. She happened to run up too fast and I was in mid-stride. She just didn't want to miss out on dinner.
@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
12 Jul 08
well i believe most of us have at one point or another stepped on our cats. them being such silent creatures, we'll never know when they crept up on us. my cats love to dash in front of us. we'll be walking to another room and they'll dash right in front of us. they've almost tripped us many times. there were also times that they just plonk themselves in front of me without me realising it. i'd step on their paws or tails when i stand up. then i'll spend the next 15 min cuddling them.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Jul 08
Well I've never stepped on one of my cats, but I sure have almost have had a flying leap and fell on my assets...Kissy for some reason thinks it's her bound and duty to accompany me to the bathroom if I get up in the middle of the night. And you know how cats love to intertwine between your legs? Well she does that my whole walk to the bathroom nearly tripping me the whole way...oh and it gets better. Once we're in the bathroom she has to hop up on the toilet lid...and I'm nearly peeing in my pants while I get her off...LOL
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@littleowl (7157)
11 Jul 08
I don't have a cat but do have 2 big dogs thing is they are both black!! Once I got out of bed to go loo and tripped up over one then going into my bedroom it was dark I didn't realise it but my dog was laying right across the doorway to my bedroom and I nearly went flat on my face !!-littleowl
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
11 Jul 08
I have had 5 cats at various times in all. I have sat on them. Tripped over them. One time in particular I tripped over my baby Jaguar and dislocated my knee! He didn't get hurt and that's all I cared about! But I sure was in pain-for a very long time!!! They just seem to always be under your feet. I have 2 now Star & Luna and Star is always walking in front of me trying to trip me up. But that's a cat for you! Just beware and walk carefully especially in the dark!!!
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@ShadoCat (92)
• United States
11 Jul 08
I've had a number of black or dark cats since I was a kid. I've learned to walk with a "slide, shuffle" gate in the dark. I keep my foot just barely in contact with the floor and swing the leg using my thigh muscles. This lets me keep my knee loose. So If I make contact, it is only the swinging foot rather than the weight of my whole leg or body behind it.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
11 Jul 08
Hi beautyqueen, I've tripped over my cats several times and almost stepped on her a few times as well. Luckily neither of us have been hurt. Blessings.
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@snoopy04 (718)
• United States
11 Jul 08
Yes, I have. When my kids wake me up crying for mommy I jump out of bed and at least a couple of times I have stepped on a cat. Or they start chasing each other through the house and I get caught in the line of fire. It seems like I am the one thats ends up falling lol. But now I am very careful because Tiger is pregenant and I certainly do not want to step on her in her condition.
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@alindahaw (1219)
• Philippines
10 Jul 08
My cat has this habit of "wiggling" itself between my feet every now and then. It's kind of annoying really especially when it is dark. Sometimes when I arrive home and the house is dark, my cat would would do that and I would trip over. Luckily, I hadn't landed on it yet. LOL
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• United States
10 Jul 08
who needs it to be dark to trip over a cat that is underfoot? we had one cat that was often walking around your legs as you walked making it difficult to take the next step. and once my dad was trying to put a shoe on and he had difficulty because there was a mouse in it.:D
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@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
10 Jul 08
I've actually walked into my cat, Columbus, a few times. I didn't mean to do that and apologized and try to kiss him to show him how sorry I was. The problem is that he's so dark that I can't see him in the dark and/or realize that he's right next to my feet.
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• United States
10 Jul 08
I know this story very well. My male cat is always on the floor next to my bed. I have to feel around with my foot before I get up in the dark. Tripped over them many times. My cat walks so close to me when I'm walking into another room or across the room, sometimes he gets in front of me and trips me. He also likes to lay in door ways and I have to pick up my feet over him and sometimes he picks up his paw to swat me almost makimg me fall.
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@kingcrapper (1538)
• United States
10 Jul 08
I have done lots of things to the cats that we have had over the years. I have stepped on them, tripped over them and even sat on one once! Cats are just crazy animals! We have a couple of cats now. We had too get rid of one because it was too sick and one ran away. There is only one cat left and when she passes it will be the end of cats for us for awhile. Just too much work.
• Canada
11 Jul 08
I am legally blind so it does not have to be dark or e to do this. My cat has learned, after six years, do ot walk infront of me, because you won't like where I put my feet.
• United States
11 Jul 08
My big cat is the same way. When I was pregnant, he was so horrified of my ever expanding belly he would run in front of me as if to challenge it. I think that he stopped when I accidentally stepped on him. Poor baby! I could barely see my own toes much less the cat!
@wallie (405)
• Sweden
10 Jul 08
I have never stepped on ANY cat in my entire life and Ive been around quiet a few cats but my mother how ever has stepped on her cat several times so sucks to be that cat :) She usually steps on hes feet because hes standing to close or shes just blind Im sure that its painful for that poor cat.
@wallie (405)
• Sweden
10 Jul 08
meant hes paws not feet :)
@nancyrowina (3850)
10 Jul 08
My cats have a habit of lying stretched out right in the middle of corridors, usually I see them and step over them but sometimes if they don't move I do step on them. The make a terrible noise when I do and I always feel terrible, it'll make them learn not get in peoples way though I suppose.
• United States
26 Apr 11
wow that's seems to be a effective way of teaching the cats a lesson of not coming in people's way....just curious do you step full weight or part weight and on which part of the body of the cat...? Thanks!
@GardenGerty (102494)
• United States
10 Jul 08
I have four cats, and the most sensitive one is the one who always wants to lay right where I will be walking. It is as if he knows. He has also gotten his paw clipped by the car door. He just wants to be right where I am at all times. He will lay down on the floor right behind my feet, so it is almost destiny that I will step on his fluffy tail.
• United States
11 Jul 08
My cats are notorious about getting under foot!
@Kirinx (1693)
• United States
30 Apr 11
well I have never stepped on my cat in the dark but I used to have a friend who did this often and her cat got so pissed off that it scratched her feet to hell.it looked like tic tack toe.