My cat likes to drag my son's stuff through the house

by Kym
(Micighan)

My cat is a 4 yr old neutered male. For about 2 yrs now we have noticed that our cat likes to go into our son's room and drag things down stairs and put in them in the living room. He will drag blankets, stuffed animals, pillows, bath robe.


I do not understand why he does this. We will put the items back in my son's room then we will leave and come back and they are right back in the living room. He some times will have 1 or 2 items in the living room like 2 stuffed animals.

It is only my son's items he does this with. He will also drag my son's stuff back up the stairs and leave them in the hallway.

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Hides stuff ..m
by: Robbie

My male, Buddy, actually gets into my purse and gets my makeup powder Puff and takes it away! That's the only thing that he gets! I've bought 5 or 6 and he gets them every time! Weird! Lol

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Ownership
by: Anonsueymous

I think its a matter of your cat can smell your son and its comforting to him. I have a lot of cats and if i leave anything of mine around they either sleep on it or put their own scent on it almost as if to say 'this person belongs to me'.

Hope that helps xx

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Cats are good cleaners
by: Kurt (Admin)

Thanks Caren! Cats are good cleaners, so if we could just put them to work on the house instead of their fur, we'd be OK. Good luck with that!

Thanks Jan, for commenting.

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Great Story !
by: Jan

Isn't it wonderful to have these great stories of fur babies to share ! Don't have a clue as to why your kitty might be fixated on your son's stuff, but my 'guess' would be association of scent of your son paired with comfort feeling of being with son? OR if your son is very young (and cat was there first) maybe hinting on jealousy?

I once read about a dog involved in a car accident with his family. All members of family were transported to hospital and dog ran off. Days, perhaps weeks, later, dog was found at the accident scene (uninjured, thankfully) and had gathered items of family from the car (ie: toys, comb, soda can, etc.) into a little "nest" while waiting for owners to come back.

Amazingly, the dog was eventually reunited with owners through the kindness of passersby who noticed his always being at the same spot and took it upon themselves to investigate.

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Cat Dragging
by: caren gittleman

Kurt your answer was fabulous and I never knew all of that!!!

I wonder....maybe they could form a cat cleaning company called "Mighty Meows?" MOL! Like "Mighty Maids" but with cats!

Why couldn't I have owned a cat that CLEANS?!

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He's your housekeeper
by: Kurt (Admin)

Maybe he thinks he's the housekeeper and your son is untidy. There are a number of stories about cats being pack rats and moving objects, hiding them under the bed, and so on. Sometimes they seem to fixate on one person's stuff, other times it's almost anything.

There's this story submitted by a reader about a cat hiding stuff and there's an interesting one in the book, The Ultimate Cat Lover about Shotsie, the cat who picks up after everyone.

Any out of place clothing gets dragged to the hamper or under the bed. Shotsie even taught her housemate named Brut to bring his toys downstairs to be "fed" and then back upstairs again after mealtime.

I'm not sure why he's fixating on your son's stuff, but Caren might have an idea there... maybe he wants some of the attention your son gets for himself.

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Cat Dragging
by: caren gittleman

Ok sorry, my bad....I think this was just a question you posted with no photo.

Either your cat is "hinting" he would like to get rid of your son...or.....he is using your son's items as "thank yous" for his food, etc.

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Cat Dragging
by: caren gittleman

Fellow Michigander....am I missing something? Where is the CAT!?

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The stuffed animal, late night, "humper!"

by Jackie White
(Highbridge, WI USA)

Our kitty likes to get up in the middle of the night and take our little girl's stuffed animals... bring them one by one down the stairs... all the while meowing loudly!!

He also picks up their clothes and brings them down! HELP! He leaves a mess of stuffed animals and clothing all over the floors!! WHY??!!

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My cat drags stuffed animals

by Elisa
(Floresville, TX)

We have 2 male cats. One is red fluffy, and the other a grey tabby. The grey tabby has dragged my daughter's stuffed animals from the bedroom into the living room. He also has dragged another daughter's boots or a pair of jeans into the living room. He's not destroying anything, just curious as to why he does it.

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Some cats are pack rats
by: Kurt (Admin)

You're not alone, Elisa...

On Twitter, Cat Dr. Ko said:

@catloversonly My tabby does the same. Watch yours carefully once he has them in the living room - mine believes they're his girlfriends! :)

There are many stories of cats being "draggers of things" and even hoarders. Remember Dusty the Cat Burglar (also referred to as Klepto Kitty)? He's brought home hundreds of items.

On this page are some other "kitty collectors of stuff."

Some believe that this behavior may be a form of "kitty OCD" -- some kind of obsessive-compulsive behavior. There's a story about a cat named Shotsie, from the book, The Ultimate Cat Lover...

"Every morning, each little stuffed chicken, duck, turkey, cat, and dog goes down to the food bowl, and every afternoon they come back upstairs."

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Ponyholder Fetish

by Deb
(TN)

Our younger cat loves my daughter's covered ponytail holders (covered rubber bands). He will hunt them down from anywhere in the house and then "deposits" them in the water bowl in the kitchen. Most days one, sometimes we have a "two ponyholder" day!

Deb R

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There's more of them than you think!
by: Anonymous

My one boy steals the pony holders and all go into the bathtub! He will chase them for hours and holds them with his foot, pulling with his mouth till they snap, then he chases the "elastic worm!" My little girl cat steals all of my q-tips (they mostly find their way into the bath tub too?!).

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Be careful!
by: KatLady59

With the pony holders, omg! I read an article about a kitty that liked them but ate them once in awhile and had to have surgery due to the pony holders getting stuck in its intestine... Just be careful!!

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Big Gray does too
by: Anonymous

My big gray male does this. I can't leave them on the dresser or vanity. He will carry them off and where he is putting them we have no idea. He also takes other things that are shiny and he also hides the toy balls.

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Fetch Cat!
by: Anonymous

My cat does this very same thing! He is completely obsessed with them. He hides them and places them in both his water bowl and the dogs water bowl! He also plays fetch with them. We fling them across the room and he goes nuts, brings them back and wants to do it again!! Cats are so funny!

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Funny....
by: Ing

Mine does this too! He also likes to do this with receipts, tissue paper, and pairs of socks. I'm no longer surprised at what I find in his water bowl.

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LOL
by: Cat lover

LOL my cat does that! He hides them under the furniture 2!

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My Boyfriend's Cat Hides My Stuff

by Shantel
(Jacksonville, Fl. USA)

I was wondering if you could explain a rather perplexing behavior our youngest furbaby is displaying. Our oldest Gypsy is almost 12, Discordia is 4, and Luna the baby and newest addition (My fiance's cat) at best guess is about 6 months old. We think she was a month old when I brought her home.

I took the older two to the vet and was checking out when this couple came in with this rather pathetic looking kitten trying to give her to the vet clinic. Fortunately for us they tried to send them to the humane society. The only info we have on her history is that she was stuck on the roof of a home in construction for at least two days. She was so dehydrated when I brought her home she had diarrhea for days... I can say now she is healthy and thriving except for these habits of hers....

I first noticed it when I was sitting in my recliner reading... I watched her jump into my scrap booking bag and fish something out... When I yelled at her she ran and hid behind my chair. That's when I discovered her stash.

Bits and pieces of various crafting materials from all over the house, a book (still haven't figured that one out) some of my bandanas... but nothing of my fiances.

I'm wondering one why she's doing this, and two why my stuff? She's not my cat...She'll come to me if my fiance isn't home but most of the time she goes to him. Follows him the way my girls have always followed me.

Add to the fact she is also the bravest cat I've ever seen. She has no qualms about walking up to complete strangers for attention. The maintenance team for our complex has been quite surprised at how she will walk up and sit on their feet if they don't pay attention to her immediately... (She also recently took a flying leap at a one of them from a wing chair when he didn't notice her).

I don't get any of it. Neither of my girls does this and I've never seen either behavior in any other cat I've owned since childhood.

Editors note: If anyone has any input on this interesting cat behavior, please post a comment! Thanks!

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My cat puts his toys in his dish

My cat puts his toys in his food or water dish like he's trying to cover it up or hide it.

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Toys in dishes
by: KatLady59

My little guy walks around the house with his "babies" and howls. He grooms them, fights with them and carries them around. Then I will find them in his food dish or in the water bowl. I just can't figure this out. He was a feral rescue at 7 months old. I have had him in the house for over a year and he is fixed.

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My cat Sita loves to "wear" bras

by Karin
(Bavaria)

My cat Sita loves to carry teddy bears from the sleeping room to the office while I am working there. While carrying the object she makes strange noises like a painful meouw.

When she is totally crazy she steals my bras out of the closet and carries it to the other cat, telling him to accept it. Sometimes she even does that to guests!!! ...which could lead to embarrassing situations.

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My cat and her stash

by Alice
(Michigan)

I am fortunate to have three siblings, two girls and a boy. The youngest, one of the girls, picks up scraps of cloth and washcloths from all over the house and brings them to me.

She also snags my shirts to sleep on. She tries to take my ponytails out of my make up bag and run off with them. I call her my bad flatmate since she's always trying to dig in my makeup bag and take things!

The other two don't bother any of my personal things, but they divvy up the cat toys and stash them in their own special spots.

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