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When people ask me why I love cats so much, my first answer is usually, “Because they’re so weird.” I say this with love, of course. And my
cats are certainly little weirdos.
There’s Mathilda, who helps me get ready for work every
morning by standing on the bathroom counter, talking
nonstop, knocking things out of my
hands, and trying to lick off anything
I’ve just put on my face. And then
there’s Agatha, who loves staring
contests. She has what we call her
“soul-piercing gaze” anyway, so she
always wins. I’ve never seen Jack in
a sleeping position that looks the
least bit comfortable. And when
he’s not playing contortionist, he’s
usually zooming through the house.
Alastair came into our home as
a 6-month-old semi-feral kitten.
We’ve managed to calm him down
a bit over the last few years, but
even now he always seems on the
verge of a huge panic attack and
spends most of the day in our
bedroom closet. So, for him, normal
cat behaviors are weird. It’s always so nice when I catch him
playing with a toy or flirting with me — just being a cat.
If you’re a cat lover, you’ve no doubt seen some strange
feline habits. Whether your cat stares intently at the wall,
hangs out on top of the refrigerator, or has a little too
much fun with the catnip, we’ll show you the reasons
behind those odd behaviors.
To me, these oddball behaviors are just part of what
makes cats so wonderful. Considering how sweet, playful,
and capable of unconditional love our little feline friends
are, a little weirdness now and then is a small price to pay.
Grendel is a
who lives in
with two dogs
he’s not watch-
ing the faucet
to make sure
no drop falls
can be found napping on freshly cleaned laundry and
scouring the house for catnip.
Thanks to Andrew Marttila of The Great Went Pet
Photography for this gorgeous (and funny!) photo of
Grendel. Check out more of Andrew’s work at phillypet
photo.com or on his Instagram page iamthegreatwent.
Those Quirky Cats
for our morning ritual
They Ate What?
Every year, our sister publication, Veterinary
Practice News, holds an X-ray contest that reveals
some of the most eye-opening and shocking
radiographs of animal patients who have some-
how managed to swallow the unexpected. Past
entries include: a diamond ring,
27 golf balls, $1.18 in coins,
and even a knife and
contest is open to
the winner will be
selected by a panel
of veterinarians and
The submission deadline
is July 17, so tell your veterinarian
to check out veterinarypracticenews.com/xray
contest for more information, especially if your
pet is guilty of swallowing something he