For those of your with outdoor cats, what kind of treasures does your curious feline friend bring back?
Two weeks ago, we posted up a story about two cats named Cleo and Tony who apparently have a sock fetish. Every time they go out, they bring a sock home. There was also a cat named Oscar whose collection included tennis balls, an entire roll of toilet paper, a Nerf football and a satin pillowcase.
Now, there is Elmo. He seems to like flower blossoms and small branches. At first, Elmo would bring home mice, but his owners weren’t a fan of that. He then brought home a gardening glove. Funny. Next were used latex gloves from the medical center across the fence. Not so funny.
Then one day, his owners woke up to magnolia blossom petals strewn throughout the living room. They were extremely happy and praised him greatly. Elmo brought more, and his owners continued to praise him.
Soon, there were less gloves and mice and more and more plant items. He also started bringing fresh tips of young branches of trees home.
Elmo’s owners place his most beautiful findings on his place mat next to his food bowl. (It’s like putting your child’s picture on the refrigerator.)
The only problem that for his owners is when Elmo has to announce loudly in the middle of the night the beautiful array of flowers he has brought home. Although they say that they’re just glad that he’s not showing them mice.
From San Jose Mercury News:
He’s certainly proud of his prize catches.
“He likes best to leave them in our path somewhere,” Laurel [Elmo’s owner] said, usually “the living room right on the main thoroughfare. But occasionally some make it to the floor of the bedroom. The majority of them never make it into the house.
“A lot seem to end up right by the cat door from the garage to the family room. I think it’s hard to get them through the door. I threw out a pile of about 10-inch branch tips in various states of drying last weekend from there. He also loses some at the outside cat door.
“I wish we could get a camera mounted on his head to figure out how he does all of this. I don’t think he could find such fresh branches if he depended on missed clippings from gardeners.
“My theory is that he walks along the tops of the wooden fences in the neighborhood so that he is at the right height for some young growth on branches. Then he chews them off.”
At home, Elmo loves to play chase with the couple’s teenage daughters and “converses back and forth with us a lot,” Laurel said. “He sounds a lot like a duck quacking.
“We never knew a cat could be this fun and loving.”
What does your cat bring home to share with you?