HomeCat Behaviorcat personalityKleptocats: play-hunt with them to stop it


Kleptocats: play-hunt with them to stop it — 4 Comments

  1. I’m so happy that I’m not the only one with this issue. My Damon is now about 1 1/2 years old, strictly an indoor cat, and has been a thief since he was about 9 months old.
    I have to remind/inform my visiting children and their families not to leave any belongings on counters, shelves, etc. when they retire. Damon is a hoarder. He has 4 areas where he stashes his goods, and I have to routinely clear them out. He is, particularly, fond of human scented items like combs, hair accessories, and socks. But, when I have put away these sort of items, as well as any bricker-brack, he will steal a bath tissue roll while I am showering or nudge the roll of papertowels on the floor for all to shred.
    There are things that I have never found and know they are here because he never goes outside. Most sleep time I have him in my room with me because he is such a prowler.

    • Gosh, he does it all inside the home. The hunting drive is there it seems to me. You say, it is normally human scented items. This confuses me a bit because it seems to go against the idea that I have put forward that this is a expression of the hunting instinct.

      Perhaps it is that he is insecure and wants human scented items near him – the scent he knows – to feel relaxed.

      It is very interesting. This is an individual cat trait. When it is this extreme it is rare. If it is a distorted example of domestic cat hunting is shows that the wild cat instinct is always there inside and not far away.

      • Another roll of T.P. just bit the dust while I was in the shower!
        I don’t think it’s hunting behavior either. He doesn’t really play with his treasures unless they are shredable. But, he will visit he stashes and lie in the middle. I’m not sure why.
        He has plenty of toys and company. I thought it might be attention seeking behavior because this is a very multi-cat home, but I spend one-on-one with him often.
        I’m not sure that he doesn’t have fetishes, because he is obsessed with my hair when he sleeps with me – kneading my head, sucking strands of my hair, burying his face in it.
        Hell, maybe he’s just a pervert!

    • Red did this on a small lever – he brought an oven glove over once and some materials from a building site.

      Molly takes things to the bath and leaves them in there like a little nest – usually cat toys, kitchen items and bits of garbage. But from around the house.

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