My cat is either sadistic or a neat freak.

19 Nov

I bought a new pair of slippers and although they’re super comfortable, they came with two ridiculously huge pompons on each one. Naturally I whipped out some scissors and cut them off.

They are about the same size as Miss Moneypenny’s toys, so I thought I’d toss one to her to bat around. She loved it and scampered through the house with it. A couple hours later when I was putting away laundry, I noticed that the ball was sitting in the bottom of her water bowl, drenched.

“Hmm,” I thought, “She must’ve accidentally swatted it in here.”

I retrieved it and set it in my bathtub to dry.

Tonight when drawing a bath, I reencountered the fuzzball and tossed it out for her to play with. Again, she knocked it and took off chasing it out of the room. A few minutes later, when I was sitting in the bathtub, she returned, carrying the ball in her mouth.

Without even looking at me, she walked in and dropped it in her waterbowl. Then she batted it around until it was soaking and – as if she were bobbing for apples – reached in and picked up, then left the bathroom with it.

About fifteen minutes later, she came back, again carrying the ball in her mouth, and dropped it on my iPhone (which was sitting on the floor). Then she left.

So clearly her dunking is deliberate. If I imagine it’s a mouse she’s playing with, I have two possible explanations for what she’s doing: Either she’s trying to drown it, or she wants to clean it off. I’m not sure which is better.

At least I don’t have this to deal with:

8 Responses to “My cat is either sadistic or a neat freak.”

  1. thesinglecell November 19, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    Portable water pompon. So she doesn’t have to keep coming back to the water bowl. Cats are ridiculously efficient.

    • pithypants November 21, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

      In that case, maybe I should move her food bowl next to the litter box.

  2. Tin Roof Press November 20, 2013 at 5:10 am #

    its a sign. some kind of warning

    • pithypants November 21, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

      Fortune telling kitteh? Maybe I can set her up with a 900 number and charge for readings based on the pompon.

      • Tin Roof Press November 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

        or a warning of things to come. stock up on canned goods!

  3. dianeskitchentable November 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    Maybe she’s trying to get the texture of her new toys just right. Some things you have to age & break in. Like a new pair of shoes. Aren’t cats weird with the things they do? Most are pretty OCD. Unfortunately my cat doesn’t get to play with his toys for very long before the dog grabs them, chomps & gets lots of spit so they’re sticky and then drops them for Moe. It’s a love/hate relationship with those 2.

    • pithypants November 21, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

      I suppose it’s just good that the dog is chomping the toys rather than the cat?

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