Mom blog: Because I Said So! WFMW weird cat behaviour

wfmwsmall1-1.jpgHere’s my question for Works for Me Wednesday Backwards Day (where bloggers ask for tips): Our cat, Angel, chews perfect ovals in socks as an appetizer to her canned cat food. We find the ovals, so she doesn’t eat them all. She will go to the basement to pull a sock out of the laundry, bring one from an upstairs bedroom, even wrestle them out of winter boots, drag them to her food bowl, chew out an oval, eat her food, then drag the sock over the food dish. What’s up with that? If you want to solve other bloggers’ dilemmas, go over to Rocks in My Dryer.

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6 Responses

  1. Hello there- it sounds kinda icky, but does the texture of the sock remind her of “animal skin” before she eats the “meat” (wet food)? Or it’s possible she’s just a weird cat. Ours has chewed up yoga blocks, bamboo knitting needles, Barbies, sweaters… the list is quite long!

  2. That is pretty wierd! My cat does some wierd stuff, but nothing like that. I know that I have to keep ziploc freezer bags out of her reach because she likes to chew on them…like gum. Regular plastic does not attract her, just the heavy freezer bags. Is she trying to use the fabric as dental floss? 🙂 Maybe soak old socks in vinegar (or some other yucky stuff)then let them dry and leave them out for her. I think the taste of the sock might put her off them. Kind of like aversion therapy.

  3. Wow, that’s a new one. Not really sure what’s going on there, maybe it’s the smell? Does she only do it with dirty socks? Is it only with that particular type of food? Maybe try another brand of food. Will she still eat if you take the sock away first or is it clearly part of a ritual?

    I would just try and divert her from socks when it’s time to eat, but if she goes and starves herself if she’s not allowed a sock, that could be a problem. Very curious!

  4. Obviously she is not getting enough lycra in her diet.

  5. Ha ha ha, Ho Ho Ho!

  6. I had a dog that would chew pretty much circles in “his” blanket, he did not chew other things. I would wonder this myself and started to track when. I found this was when he jumped into his bed and has time to himself. He would asess(smell) the parts of the blanket briefly before chewing. We directed his attention but did not punish him and eventually he quit chewing. A vet once said it could be due to his gums and want to chew something soft but not food or it may hve been something he felt safe with and wanted to chew.

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