Part of being a book lover seems to also mean I love cats, which I of course do. So like the crazy cat lady I am, I’m going to talk about my cat on this lazy Sunday while I brainstorm for my next Forgotten Figures article.
I know that all cats have unique personalities and quirks, just like people, but I think my little Tyrion is weirder than most cats. Here are just some of his odd quirks:
1. He has a favourite toy that used to look like a squirrel until he ripped its tail and arms off and tore its front up so bad I had to sew on a patch. (This squirrel is a pretty sad-looking critter, I’ll admit, but Tyrion would go ballistic if I just threw it out.) The odd thing about this is that he takes it everywhere, even to bed, just carrying it around in his mouth. He’ll go up to his scratching post (which has a bowl shape at the top for him to sleep), bringing his squirrel and set him down between his front paws. Then he’ll bathe both himself and the squirrel, occasionally making prrrt sounds at it like he’s talking to it. It’s just plain weird.
2. He likes fruit. Specifically, strawberries, oranges, pineapple and blueberries. I thought cats weren’t supposed to like citrus? Like, at all. So how on earth does this crazy cat harass me whenever I cut up strawberries for myself until I just give in and give him a couple small scraps?
3. Ever since I brought him home when he was seven weeks old, he loves to stand up on his back legs. Usually it’s when he hears a sound and wants to see what’s going on, but sometimes it seems to be for no good reason. Apparently, in addition to liking fruit he thinks he’s a meerkat.
4. Finally, he sticks his tongue out a lot. When he’s sleeping, when he’s awake, when he’s playing/play-fighting with me, etc. It’s like he forgets to stick it back in and when I touch it to remind him he has a tongue he gets annoyed. My old cat did that sometimes but I think that’s because he was getting senile; Tyrion is as sharp as a whip but he still leaves his tongue out.
So, how about you guys? Do your pets do weird things that aren’t really typical for the species? Does anyone but my cat have a favourite toy that’s sort of like a comfort blanket?