What - Not All Cats Act Like A Shark?


I realized the other day I haven't shared tales of the critters in my life lately.  My animals are crazy.  Crazy in a fun and odd way.  Most of you know this from reading the blog.  Our house is like a zoo some days because they all have big personalities and wacky traits.  I will, however, stay in denial that this fact may say something about the "parents" of the crew.......

Today I thought I'd share a few of their wacky traits.

No surprise that first up is Jack.......


Jackson is a stray cat who we suspect is part Maine Coon, part Raccoon.  Of course I'm joking about the raccoon part......  Jack prefers to think he's part Maine Coone/part French Bulldog {like his brothers}.  Jackson is a well known money thief but he has developed a few other odd behaviors.
  • I've written previously about Jack's biting in bed.  He opens his mouth, sets it on whatever body part is out of the covers, and dares you to move.  If you do, he clamps down sending your sleeping self into a painful scream.  Now, because apparently sleep-time wasn't enough fun, he lounges around the house, opening and closing his mouth slowly.  Insert the Jaws theme......  If any of your body parts happen to come close to him when he's doing this crazy nonsense, he quickly clamps down.  He got me yesterday.  He was doing his Shark Mouth while laying on the back of J's chair and I wasn't paying much attention.  I walked behind the chair to close the curtains and then it happened - he clenched down on what he could grab which was my elbow.  I screamed "OUCH!" which seemed to make him happy - I swear I saw him smile!  He let go and went to sleep.
  • Jack obsessively rearranges our shoes in our closet.  Mostly mine, only because J's boots are too heavy, but they are moved around at least 3 times a week.
  • He, like Oliver, loves texture.  Throw blankets made from fleece or knitted blankets are a huge love of his.  Jack and Oliver constantly fight over them because although Jack would probably share with Oliver, Oliver doesn't trust Jack.  Would you trust a cat who acts like a shark???


Emerson is a loving, easy-going, food-obsessed French Bulldog.  He seems to long for strange things.  Well, strange for a dog.  Some of the things he seems to really, REALLY want are:
  • Lip Balm - if you apply lip balm, it's an unwritten rule that he MUST be allowed to smell your lips.  Then he obsessively licks his own lips as if he's wishing the balm will magically appear.
  • Coffee - no one can drink a cup of hot coffee in our house without his nose being in it first.  I don't think he realizes we make iced coffee, which is good, so it's just when it's hot.
  • Flossy sticks.  He doesn't care as much about toothpicks, but those plastic sticks with floss attached are something he desperately tries to get.  If you use one, he sits right in front of you drooling the entire time.  I have no idea what he thinks they are.


Oliver is an extremely sensitive, high-energy, very nosy, French Bulldog.  He remembers everything and is leery of a lot.  He's determined you won't get one past him!
  • Oliver grinds his teeth when he's falling asleep.  Not always, just sometimes.  I know this is more medical than behavioral, but it's odd to have a dog next to you at night, grinding his teeth.  I keep waiting for his favorite Doctor to tell me we need to have a mouth guard made for him.
  • Oliver won't allow anyone to touch his "bunnies" {his buns}.  Ever since his surgery a year ago {which wasn't on his bunnies} he has been very protective of them.  I can touch them if he knows I'm going to touch them, but don't surprise him!  His scream is piercingly loud.
  • He has recently {within the past 6 month} learned the pleasures of lifting your leg to pee.  He now lifts his leg as high up as he can, proud as can be, even with nothing in the vicinity to pee on.  Maybe next year he'll understand when it is you should lift your leg.
  • Oliver slides on his bunnies across the floor for 3 reasons:  either he's super excited, he's extremely happy, or he needs to go out and do his #2.  It's always up to me to figure it out.


Cait is the most calm, "normal" of the group although it didn't start out that way.  When she was a kitten she was a complete ball of fire {read as maniac} - into anything and everything.  Now, she just sits back and watches the shows put on by the others.  Other than that she crooks her tail when she's feeling feisty, she doesn't seem to have any odd behaviors.


What crazy traits do your animals have?

14 comments:

"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

Our cat Mia loves paper. Paper anything, bags, cardboard pieces and especially glossy flyers. She will gleefully push them across the carpet, whirling around in circles, tail cricked, racing around the house, only to return and attack the fiendish flyers again and again. She also likes to rip off big hunks and tosses them into the air. I love watching her, it makes me laugh. I think she's pretty spunky for an 11 year old. Shh, don't tell her, she still thinks she is a kitten!! Cathy

turtleinseattle said...

I can relate about the texture thing because my cat, Alki, LOVES anything fleece! She will seek out a fleece blanket over all other surfaces in the house. I cannot figure out how she knows it feels better...must be something in her paws...

Barb Rosen said...

As an owner of two Labbie ladies and three kitties who all have very distinct personalities, I so enjoyed the descriptions of your quirky little loves!
Barb Rosen

Leslie said...

Oh, I loved this--so cute. (And I love Jack's special box too.) All of our cats are very weird. For example, June likes to do "hairstyles," meaning she sits on the back of my chair and pulls and licks and bites my hair. She'll work on it for as long as I'll allow her.

Erin Blegen said...

Aww, so cute!! Such a fun variety :)!! Unfortunately, my husband and two boys are all allergic to cats, so we can't have them. But I sure do love to see others' cats and live vicariously through them ;)

Thanks so much for sharing!

Erin
http://yellowbirchhobbyfarm.blogspot.com

Erin said...

What a wonderful post. Thank you!!

Kimberly Morris said...

I enjoyed reading about your pets. I have a Frenchie that looks a lot like your Oliver. He's a little neurotic but he's our snuggle bunny. He's incredibly jealous of our other dogs and our cats and totally obsessed with balls (the rubber kind).

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks all! Kimberly - Oliver is also a bit neurotic and he also loves balls!! Too funny that they are alike. :)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Jack totally cracks me up. I laughed so hard at your story of him biting your elbow. Hysterical! Isn't it so funny how much personality animals can have? I love all your animals and really enjoy hearing about fun little quirks they all have :)

Gardeningbren said...

So I am getting the car fixed today and a woman is also at the counter with a black French Bulldog. My goodness what a precious puppy! I told her about Oliver and gave her your blog addie. She said the breed has such personality. I said..Yup, I know ))))

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks Tammy and Brenda. :)

Just the Right Size said...

I love hearing about other people's pets. I'm convinced our pets have fascinating private lives that we'll never know about!

We have 2 kitties too and they are so different in their personalities it's hilarious. Our one kitty, Lucy (a.ka. "Miss Thang") is a totally food-obsessed diva. She is so motivated by food that we've managed to teach her tricks! She knows how to "beg," "give high 5," and "shake paws." We have to watch her like a shark at food time so she won't inhale her food and then eat our other cat's food.

Our other kitty Chaz is a lady lover. He loves women, but will warm up to men if they are not wearing hats (he was a rescue...so who knows what happened to him). He's also a bit of a beatnik and we're convinced that he listens to Dylan, smokes hand rolled cigarettes, and writes poetry every night when he disappears in the basement to "be alone". He also loves to get into the shower with me every morning and won't go downstairs to eat breakfast unless I let him have his "spa time". He sits just out of the way of the shower head as to not get wet...I think he likes the hot steam.

Silly kitties!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

I LOVED reading your comment Just The Right Size!! Too funny. Cait likes the shower too {steam, I'm sure} but she is no longer obsessive about it. I think she's afraid the others will knock her in. :)

ANNE said...

I'm so happy to hear that Cait is laid back now. I just added a kitten to my menagerie and his behaviour is, well, Tasmanian Devil-like. Either that or in his previous life he was a ball in a pinball game and it carried forward.

Never had a cat so amped up before. It's exhausting!!!