Cat Tales

Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009 by Travis Cody in

If you've been visiting here for any length of time, you know how much I love my kitty Mr Tucker. But like with any relationship, there are things he does that annoy me.

I'm sure I do things that annoy him too. But this is my blog. He doesn't have thumbs, so he doesn't get a chance to type out the 10 or 12 thousand things I do that bug him.


Anyway, here are a couple of specific things he does that drive me nutty.

First, I give him Friskies Indoor cat food. He loves this stuff. But he crunches the pieces all over the floor, so every day there's a little pile for me to sweep up. And then when I give him his canned Friskies for dinner, he takes it off the dish and puts it on the floor to eat. This creates a gooey mess for me to clean up every night.

Second, for reasons passing understanding he must dig away the litter in his box so he can pee directly onto the plastic. Then he covers it. So I end up having to scrape the bottom of the box and change the litter way more often than should be necessary.

Do any of your kitties do this kind of stuff? Or is it just my quirky guy?


  1. Great minds think alike Travis..I did a post on my cat yesterday!

    They all have their "special" ways.
    You gotta the annoying critters!

  1. Akelamalu says:

    I don't have a kitty for those very reasons! ;)

  1. Jamie says:

    We have four cats - I think I'm still sane but the issue is in doubt as I exist to serve the collective.

  1. I don't have a kitty, but Mr. Tucker sure is a cutie!

  1. I might try a little tough love with that smearing food all over the place. I don't think there's much you can do about the litter box thing.

    It's true, though, that pets have personalities like we humans do.

  1. Travis says:

    NNG: That's why I posted the picture of my sweet guy. I just can't stay mad at him!

    Akelamalu: But for every quirk, there are 100 things he does that make me smile.

    Jamie: The collective...I get that. We do live to serve.

    Lois: He is!

    Charles: I've tried everything to get him to stop. The problem is, he always does something sweet on the back end that makes me feel rotten for scolding.

  1. Now you know (at least in part,) why I don't have any pets (or kids, for that matter.) *LOL*

  1. Ummm....I don't have a cat but Mr. Tucker sounds just normal to me. Maybe you could send him to Cat School. I know a teacher!
    But she's no good with cats.

  1. No kitties for me either, so I can't help you with your question. I'm allergic to them... very allergic. But I have 3 kids that are enough work to clean up after so I figure I don't need an animal thrown in the mix! :) But, I love that you love your Mr. Tucker! He is a very pretty cat!

  1. cathy says:

    We've had a cat for about a year now, I've watched him very carefully and if there is one thing he is good at it is doing nothing.

  1. DrillerAA says:

    Those would be two reasons that make me a dog person.

  1. Cherie says:

    I always avoided the canned cat food mess by feeding dry food exclusively. (I was such a mean momma! lol) But I was thinking, perhaps he doesn't like bowls for some reason (interfering with whiskers, claustrophobia?). Have you tried feeding him on a plate, something flat, as he's moving his food to a flat surface? But cats will always be cats. They'll always have some mystery and inscrutability about them. :)

  1. I don't have a cat, but it certainly seems like Mr. Tucker does these things just because he knows they upset you.

  1. Jeni says:

    Being a "cat lover" family here, we've had several cats over the years. Each has had some quirky thing that was annoying, to be sure. Chino, our current feline friend, dearly loves to hop up in Mandy's lap -usually when she is dong something on the computer and the simple cat just has to move around, several times, so that she can position her behind and tail right smack in Mandy's face! Never fails. My son says about Chino and her love for exploring, getting into things, knocking stuff down, etc., that this cat is one who may have been the model for the saying "Curiosity killed the cat!"
    But still and all, ya gotta love 'em, for sure!

  1. Marsha says:

    You are not alone....Chelsea loves to 'redecorate' her litter box with every visit. But one thing we started doing was actually lining the litter box with a trash bag so all we have to do it take the trash back out with contents and place a new one in with new litter. Makes a world of difference.

    Also,you might try placing a plastic placemat under the food, instead of it being on the floor, it's on the mat....easier to clean!

  1. Anndi says:

    At least he doesn't take anything out of the litter box....

  1. coco says:

    My DOG does her business outside, so I don't have a litter box ... but I do have a scoop and baggies. As far as the food goes - food never gets a chance to hit the floor when she's around, so there's really no mess, not even when I had a high chair-bound enfant. For that matter, I can usually see my face in the shiny clean bottom of her bowl only minutes after I set it down.

  1. Travis says:

    Lana: It's certainly why I have a cat instead of kids!

    Mimi: I guess he's too old and set in his ways to learn new stuff.

    Clancy: And he really is quite the little gentleman, despite his oddities. He was quite gracious to allow Pam to come live with us!

    Cathy: He gets all his stuff done when you turn your back. LOL!

    Drilleraa: I guess if I had more room and a yard, I might go for a dog. But somehow I've evolved into a cat least for now.

    Cherie: We've been using a plate for long enough that we think he's just plain weird. But thanks for the suggestion!

    Southern: I think he winks at Pam behind my back.

    Jeni: Mr Tucker gets up and fusses until we move whatever is fussing him. Once he achieves that, he gets down. Cats!

    Marsha: I might try that again. The last time we tried litter box liners, he tore through them. And I'm definitely going to try the placemat idea.

    Ann: Well, he has been know to get a bit theatrical and toss some bits out.

    Coco: That's one thing I miss about put the food down and then you take up the empty bowl about 5 minutes later.

  1. BOTH! Gabriel does both of those things. He gets a mouthful of dry kibble and carries it 5 feet away from the dish, spits it out and then eats 3/4 of it. Then he goes back for more. Grr.

    And you would think he was diggin a whole to China in there. RIGHT NOW in fact. Grrrr!!

  1. Julie says:

    Well, Lucy will poo on the very bottom of an old shoe hanger holder thingy hanging in the basement. So I moved her litter box over near it and she still won't use her box all the time.

    She likes to eat real fast and throw up too.

    Silly kitties!

  1. jennifer says:

    OK, this is gross but our cat poos and then gets out of the box and scratches. She doesn't cover!! What kind of cat doesn't cover?

  1. TopChamp says:

    Oh yeah - the list of annoying things our cat does is HUGE.

    Dixie never leaves a drop or morsel of food anywhere - he's a giant greedy mountain of cat. He's also on a diet.

    Last night he brought in his second ever mouse... a side effect of his weight loss that I had not considered. Oh well - healthier and happier I suppose.