Cats's rules

@ElicBxn (60894)
United States
December 15, 2009 4:06pm CST
Cats have certain rules. One of them is "Anything not nailed is a cat toy, anything nailed down is negotiable..." Now, I have a lot of cats so, needless to say, we try to nail down anything we don't want them to have - or put them where they can't get to them. The roomie has this pin up board, tack board or cork board, whatever you want to call it, and it had matching flat tacks. She took a few other push pins and put them in the board, but after hanging it up, never really did anything with it. One night, we were watching TV and Rygel got on top of the bookcase and proceeded to pull the pushpins out. I was telling her how he was grabbing them with his teeth and pulling them out. Once he was done with the push pins we figured he would be done. Not this cat. He then started working on the flat tacks in the board. I could NOT believe it. That WHITE EARED cat pulled the tacks OUT! So, believe me, when I say things that are nailed down are negotiable, I mean it - Rygel will do his best to turn them into cat toys too! So, do you have a busy boy like Rygel who has to worry everything to death?
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
16 Dec 09
Hey Elic! I definitely can say that you have more cat weird cat stories than anyone that I know! I guess that's because you have more cats than anyone I know!lol And Rygel beats most of them! That is some dangerous trick he was doing with the pushpins and thumbtacks! I can definitely say none of my cats ever did anything quite that daring! Although I did have one cat, Cougar who loved it when I threw my darts! He would cry and scream and try to catch them! And, yes they were the "real darts with the pointed tips"! He would grab them and run with them in his mouth! He just love it when anyone would throw them and he would grab any of them the fell where he could get them! And since me and my friends were not the best dart players there were many that missed the dart board! So Cougar had a ball! How I miss my baby! I took the dart board down after he passed and haven't played since!
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
16 Dec 09
I looked in your photos to see which kitty was Hobo, but couldn't tell. I think I told you that my Vets loved Cougar so much they sent a special donation to the "Morris Foundation" in his honor! He looked like the "Morris" cat so it was so fitting! Everyone just loved him so much! He was a big fat 24 pounder of love! My Vet cried when we put him down! Now that's a special Vet! I still contribute to the "Morris Foundation". They do all kinds of things to help cats and when you buy the pet tags a portion of the proceeds go to helping their funding and they have other ways to help too! You should check them out on the Web!
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Dec 09
Hobo is the one in the "Wanted" poster.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
16 Dec 09
Oh Elic! He was beautiful! His picture made me cry! I could just imagine what a sweet little guy he was~ I'm so sorry~ But, I bet him and Cougar are on "Rainbow Bridge" hanging out together having the best times knowing their Mommies are friends too! Hugs, Opal
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
15 Dec 09
-giggling- Rygel sure is a lil stinker, Elic. Can't believe he actually got those flat pins out. He must of really been concentrating hard to get those out. No, I don't really have a busy cat like your Rygel but I do have a mighty curious cat..Tigger. This cat just wants to be in the middle of everything and anything I do in the house. I can't wash clothes, dishes, read, prepare dinners, or even chat with my friends on here without him sitting down and watching every move I make. If I happen to be sitting/laying to read, he'll come up and proceed to make my lap a chair and 'read' with me. He will mew non-stop at me when I'm at the computer it I scoot up in the chair so he can lay down behind me. If I don't move, he'll jump up (with his broken leg) and lay on the back of the chair and then slowly sink down onto my shoulders. If I don't move, I get a wonderful neck massage with his vibrating purr.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
15 Dec 09
yeah - he's talented with those teeth! He'll lean on my legs in bed, but mostly he's just good about not being a pest except he will jump from the floor into our arms because he loves us so much.
• United States
15 Dec 09
awwwwwwwwww...we had a cat like that once. Smoky..he much preferred being held and carried on our arm than walk or do anything else. Would jump up into our arms totally unexpectedly and had to drop whatever we were holding at the time or he would fall.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Dec 09
well, Rygel is good about that - if he gets up there and realizes that he's not going to be caught, he doesn't try to hang on - and considering the number of times that he's done it to our backs - its a good thing!
• United States
17 Dec 09
My parents have a sleek little Siamese named Sassy who likes nothing better than to squeeze in a drawer (they need only be opened an inch) and she can leak out the cupboard. She's like an oil spill, she can get anywhere.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
17 Dec 09
I had a black Siamese like that named Sab, I can't tell you how she got in some drawers, but there she was and the darn drawer only had to be a few inches deep!
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• United States
21 Dec 09
Those Siamese are a mystery. You know there is more to the drawer, simply because there is a Siamese in it.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
21 Dec 09
and Sab was a big girl too - 12 lbs and not fat - but she sure could get into the smallest places!
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• United States
16 Dec 09
We have three so there are toys all over. Once a week we pick them up to vacuum the floors. We usually just set them in a dining room chair. As soon as the vacuuming is finished, one of the three (the baby of the family) will stand up to the chair and pull one toy at a time off, drop it on the floor and then reach for another until she has returned all of the toys to "where they belong," then she's usually finished and goes off to find something else to do.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Dec 09
the other roommate picks them up to mop and the cats lose them, they will also chase them under things, a lot of the time under the screen door to my craft space - when I find them, I toss them back out into play!
@Orea15 (281)
• United States
16 Dec 09
We used to use a toy basket. The cats knew where to go to rind their toys and would rummage through to find the object of their desire. :-)
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
17 Dec 09
@Orea15 (281)
• United States
16 Dec 09
Wow, that is one talented and determined cat! LOL I have to agree that cats think EVERYTHING belongs to them. If they want it. The foster kittens I raised in my office all believe that pens and pencils are cat toys. Period. And now that I have taken up knitting again, oh, dear! I'm outnumbered! My ball of yarn took several unauthorized trips around the living room. One kitty was so excited about it all that she just started tearing full speed across the living room, down the hall and back again, running over the extended yarn on the rug. She was having the time of her life. It was adorable. Now my ball of yarn is somewhat safer. My husband made me a yarn keeper out of a big plastic pretzel tub. He drilled a good-sized hole in the plastic screw on lid for the yarn to go through, and that works nicely. Now the only danger area is between that lid and my needles. I do get the odd claw in my knee as Miss J goes after it as I knit. We had another male cat who discovered a wall clock we had. It didn't have a crystal over the hands, and there was a second hand ticking around. He was fascinated and of course couldn't resist it. We never did find out what he did with the hands! Poor clock.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Dec 09
I have had words with Rygel about my bathroom clock - I painted it so I don't want him destroying it. And the darn thing has the 3rd clock works in it! I have had to have words also about my crocheting when I was doing it - I keep them in a different room from my cats, but that doesn't mean I haven't had to take yarn from the cats more than a few times!
@Orea15 (281)
• United States
16 Dec 09
Ah, cats! Can't live with them can't live without them.
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@Orea15 (281)
• United States
17 Dec 09
A friend of mine told me how to make the pretzel tub yarn holder. It's great! But you are right, the yarn is still an attraction. I often have one cat one either arm of the chair, watching avidly and sometimes interfering. But it beats having the yarn ball abscond to the other end of the room! LOL I also find some of my cats don't like me to knit. (I have eight cats.) Magellan and Samoa particularly frown on this activity. They believe the hands should be for petting and brushing them, not useless (to them) activities like knitting. And when I say to them, okay, just let me finish this row....well, that is just plain rude, they think! Magellan usually just glares at me, but Samoa tries to stand on the scarf right by the needles, or straddle my left arm and immobilize it. I understand their point of view, but I like to knit!
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• United States
20 Dec 09
my oldest tux picks apart knots with his claws-and he's multitoed,so nothing seems out of the realm of swipe.he sat there and did that to a batta bird,and ran off with it.you have to watch that one every minute he's good at a+b=c result.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
20 Dec 09
When the roomie started working from home just over a year ago, Oliver discovered that he could stand on the lever knob and open the door, so I had to change it back to a round one - actually its kind of oval...
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
16 Dec 09
Ya better watch were ya step now wouldnt want tacks in your feet yuikesssssssssssss
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Dec 09
well, we knew they were back there and when we moved furniture, we got those up first!
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
17 Dec 09
good
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@bunnybon7 (37905)
• Holiday, Florida
20 Dec 09
i did have. but once i found him with thread hanging out his mouth. i pulled it out and a needle was on the end of it! ever since then i've kind of treated my pets like babies. they have no idea what can hurt them. cupid our cat had obviously swallowed (or tried to) the needle id had stuck in my curtain with thread.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
20 Dec 09
and now you know WHY I don't stitch around the cats! I was watching Rygel - after that - no more thumbtacks or pushpins where he could "worry" them
@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
20 Dec 09
I have a goat that likes to head butt everything and every one. When Pickles wants my attention, he head butts the little back porch where the back steps are. Or he head butts the gas bottle which is chained to the house. He has head butted the laundry door and knocked it off it's hinges (he would go in the laundry and shut the door on himself and not be able to get out. I would go and let him out and secure the door shut...that's how he came to destroy it.) If Lucy wants to come in or Banjo, they stand at the back door and Pickles does his thing...it's like ..."Hey Ma-aa-aaa, Banjo wants in!" This is what he does between 5:30 and 6am to wake me up and again just on dark to say "Hey!!! feed us...we're starvin' out here. They've already had lots of hay through the day, now it's time for their treat...steamed flaked barley with molasses. We've reinforced the garage door because on the other side is where his hay is kept so when anyone goes to the garage, he thinks he should be fed. He's not quite as clever or adept as your Rygel but he has a way with him. He was head butting me for a while (after me saying "he doesn't do it to me")
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
20 Dec 09
well of course he does - he heard the comment and had to prove you wrong!
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
17 Dec 09
Lol well done on him, I guess he decided he was bored and kept himself occupied lol I used to have a Cat who opened the Fridge and shared it with the other Cats by throwing it down to them in the End I had to put a Child lock on it as it was getting a bit much replacing everything all the time lol
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
17 Dec 09
well, so far the fridge doors have been too heavy for the cats to open - and they self close, so - other than having to get Flower OUT of the fridge shortly after she came to us - we have no cats in fridges!
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
17 Dec 09
I was worried for my cat's life one time because my sister was going to kill him. She would come home from school and plop her purse down in her room. Of course, she figured that he wouldn't get into her room or her purse. Needless to say, several days later she was proved wrong only when she kept finding out that her pens began to come missing. We caught him one time, reaching into her purse only to fish out a pen, put it between his teeth, walk out of the room and proceeded to play with it in the living room. After playing with it for a while he would then walk away to his cache' of the rest of her pens. She was so angry with him. lol
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
17 Dec 09
I had a cat named Mandy, and he loved pens and straws. I watched him one day pull a straw from a cup. Then he played with it and finally stashed it under the rug we had in one room. When we picked up that rug - it had about 30 pens and straws under it! It was a rag type rug and we didn't feel the pens because they'd line up in the grooves of the rag coils.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
16 Dec 09
Oh yes! The new addition to our family Hewy is a crazy baby! I have already mentioned here that on his second day at our house he broke my favourite tall vase, he has chewed curtain cords, ruined his brand new cat bed and has my other cat Rosie hiding in my bedroom in fear of him! He is not three months old yet and has a lot to learn like how to slow down for two minutes! If it wasn’t for the fact that he is so darn cute, I would get so angry at him!
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Dec 09
not uncommon for a youngster to have all that energy, but when the siblings hide from the busy one, you know you have a hyper cat! That's happened twice now, Rygel's brother, Sirus used to hide from him and Natasha's brother, Boris used to hide from her. Natasha had Rygel to play with, when he was tired, she'd go terrorize the other cats until Rygel was rested.
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• Singapore
16 Dec 09
My cat, Manja, is so much similar to your Rygel. She is so hyper active that we have to constantly keep a look out. My biggest fear though is that she loves to chew newspapers. I hope that does not cause any harm on her, do you think? Recently, we had to throw our sofa. Ever since I had not have a new one yet. Now, Manja switch her interest on our kitchen cabinet. Oh No!
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Dec 09
unless she's actually EATING the newspaper, it should be all right... I used to have a cat that shredded it with her teeth! what is she doing to the cabinets? our cats will open them... nothing is safe!
@BarBaraPrz (21333)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
16 Dec 09
Well, isn't that precious! I hope he didn't hide any in the sofa, or your bedroom rug.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Dec 09
well, what brought this to mind was shortly before the roomie went for surgery, we saw him yanking on a pushpin over the roomie's WATER BED! I tried to pull it out myself, then the roomie did, but after neither of us could pull it out, we decided that Rygel couldn't either! We don't have any rugs and the couch is in a room they can't get into...
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
16 Dec 09
I can't get over your cat pulling out the thumb tacks. Our Sleepy is much too laid back for anything like that. He spends most of his daytime hours sleeping. However,just let a moth or anything else that flies get into the house, and he's wide awake.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Dec 09
this is the same cat who used to entertain himself by pulling the magnets off the fridges - by jumping up and getting them - he's not so busy now, but he is 5! And, all things considered, he's still pretty busy - even the 18 month old cats don't have his energy to deal with the 6 month old "kittens."
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
16 Dec 09
no but I lived with my old roomie for four m onths and that cat Charlie loved to get my watch if I put it anywhere where he could get a paw on it. I had to chase it down several times. oh and my lipstick he loved to roll it along the floor, any thing not fastened down was fair game for Charlie.He found a spool of thread and boy did he have fun as it rolled along and trailed pink thread all over the room. my roomie was so angry all the time with the poor cat, he was just being a typical cat.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Dec 09
and thread is why I keep them out of my craft space, because some would just roll it, but others, not as smart, would eat it, and then my vet bills would be even HIGHER!!!
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
16 Dec 09
LOL. That is funny. I do not have any cats right now but I do know that they like to take ownership of just about anything they can get their little paws on LOL. I have a new puppy and he likes to explore just about everything also.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Dec 09
or teeth...
16 Dec 09
Hi Elic, What a clever cat but hopefully he won't hurt himself doing that. Tamara
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Dec 09
well, he's pulled them all out now - we were smart enough to NOT put them back - there's only so much entertainment we can stand....
@MJay101 (711)
15 Dec 09
Our cats have several rules that are absolutely non-negotiable. One is that whatever you purchase for them to scratch their claws on, it will remain utterly untouched, and the carpet and sofa will take punishment instead. Another is that anything is good for sleeping on - but clothes in particular. Our very hairy white cat, who sheds a snowstorm of fur every time he sneezes, is fond of anything made of wool - so, we now have several garments coloured in his fur! Final rule: if you're going to cough up a furball, do it just after everyone has gone to bed. Leave it as a present for your poor owner in the morning...
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Dec 09
extra points if you put it in their shoe!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Dec 09
Anything that's not food is a cat toy! Usually that's socks (Jason) or bottle tops, boxes (Oreo), anything resembling a string (especially if it's attached to MY bookmark and inside a book), etc. Of course, Tiger confuses toys with food too, especially if they're made of plastic. Pushpins though, that's a new one on me...
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
15 Dec 09
he dropped them behind the bookcase so he didn't chase them afterward - we got them out later after he'd forgotten about them