What The Cat Drags In


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?

12 Responses to “What The Cat Drags In”

  1. Maureen says:

    Howard was a blue point Siamese cat that would take a daily stroll in the neighborhood — before we knew how important it was to keep cats indoors. I was just coming into the living room when Howard came in through a French window, dropping something on the bench under the window that was largish and off-white. It appeared to be a big rat. Ran for the rubber gloves and a plastic bag, but when I approached the rat, I found Howard had brought home something entirely different — a burrito! It was warm and the only marks on it were Howard’s teeth as he transported it home as carefully as if it had been a kitten. Howard’s burrito became legend in the neighborhood, but I never found out who’s house he raided.

  2. CGP says:

    My beautiful white cat Pepper was not happy to be totally indoors. She would go to the woods behind the house and bring large leaves and branches which would be left by the front door. I could see her running from the woods with a branch in her mouth. Much nicer than mice!

  3. Kaffe says:

    My master cat used to bring home live little mice as presents - for me AND for him. I would “rescue” the mice of course after making a pretense of eating them! Then we moved and there were no more mice. But one day he came home from his daily one hour in the backtard bringing a kitten! That kitten is now my cat’s apprentice cat.

    I must confess to a little jealousy over that cat who brings home beautiful blooms for his humans!

  4. Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie says:

    Well, if you really want to track Elmo’s wanderings, check out the Mr. Lee CatCam at http://www.mr-lee-catcam.de.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Well, I had a cat who brought me, through the cat door, garter snakes, mice, birds, and chipmunks. Most of them were alive.

    One day I reached into my basket of scarves and noticed what looked like a belt. Upon further inspection, I noticed a few garter snakes that looked like brown belts. Took the whole basket outside (after screaming loudly).
    Stepped on a dead mouse with a naked foot, also. Ugh!.

  6. Carol Johnson says:

    I know many caring and loving oweners allow their cats outside without supervision. I wish they would rethink this. The cat is exposed to traffic, being hurt by another animal or catching a disease….or being a target for the sickos of the world.

  7. MaineMom says:

    Many years ago, when it was “safe” to have indoor/outdoor cats, Jinx would bring us gifts - alligator lizards (minus tails,which they regrow), snakes, mice, and live humming birds. She got a treat and the wildlife was returned to the great outdoors.

    Lincoln, an indoor-only 5 yr old Maine, carries on the tradition. He has a toy box on a high shelf in my closet filled with Cat’s Claw and da Bird feathers. He brings one with loud vocal announcement when he is pleased with his AM or PM moist food.

    Since 3/16, I’ve tried new wet foods - including home cooking. It’s easy to tell which food he does or does not like! Feather or no feather.

  8. catmom5 says:

    My daugher’s 18 pound, long hair tuxedo boy drags all kinds of things up from their basement for them . . . laundry, gloves, stuffed animals, etc. Her tiger girl catches mice and presents them in bed at night. SUCH LOVE!

  9. mittens says:

    at first glance and with the cover cat in those shades i thought the post was about ” cats in drag”…

    not that there’s anything wrong with that. those gingers are always a tad light in the loafers if you ask me…

    i had a calico who used to catch mice in the house- a house full of roommates. she would proceed to leave a dead mouse in everyone’s bed in order of who she liked the most. so i got the first mouse and the person who she went to for affection when i wasn’t home got the second mouse and on down the line. she went through the process in the exact same order several times through or of course i would not have noticed the pattern.

  10. Selkie27 says:

    My 12 yr old kitteh, Yankee does his rounds every night. Through out the day we will hide all of his favorite mousies then after we have gone to bed for the night the fun starts. He goes around the house hunting.Searching in every nook and cranny. Everyone in the house knows when he’s nabbed one. He’s so proud of himself!
    We have 4 other kittehs and they get in on the fun sometimes too. We too have a toy basket that has a bunch of toys. Alot of the toys are from their Christmas stocking and there is a Santa hat in there too. (That should have been pack away but it ended up in there somehow) To make a long story short, We woke up one morning to find all of the Christmas toys and the Santa Hat on the rug in the foyer. It was like they were having a Xmas Party in July!

  11. Joan says:

    8/4/2007, 4:40 p.m. PDT. There are some keychain-sized digital cameras, but I don’t know how you’d get them to take photos at the right times. Wal-Mart (if you are willing to shop there) was carrying them late last summer and in the early fall. There are surveillance motion-activated cameras that must be very, very small. Why don’t you check them out to see if they’d work.

  12. Mary Ellen says:

    Worms. Our otherwise lovely little kitten brings in the largest earthworms she can find.

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