HomeCat BehaviorhuntingWhy would my cat steal my shoes and hide them under my bed?


Why would my cat steal my shoes and hide them under my bed? — 2 Comments

  1. I love the phrase “to relieve the need to express innate desires”. That’s good and I think it nails it better than anything else, and I agree with the other thoughts but I wonder it there’s something going on as far as the cat wanting to do something, there’s the desire (“I want this thing”) and there’s the innate behavior “ability” that the cat can employ to do something about it. They don’t have much of a skill set but they do problem solve and think in terms of cause and effect; and they can string a number of actions and events together for a purpose. It could be stipulated that it’s thinking “this needs to be moved” because that’s what it does to it, but is it a knee-jerk reaction or is there an actual thought behind it? Is it a handy behavior looking for a way to be expressed or a desire inspiring a behavior to be used? Which is dominant or primary? Which initiates the other? It knows it can’t eat it (not prey), nor does the inanimate object need protecting (not a kitten), nor does anyone else probably want it (I have seen cats get possessive about another cat playing with their toy), it just wants it (odor is likely a factor. I’ve seen my cats bury their face in my shoes) and wants to do something about it, like a dog would chew it up or bury it in dirt. It’s the same difference as what Michael said I guess… I’m just trying to understand whatever thought process might be involved and from the cat’s point of view. I do think that the idea of “mine” or “I want this” is the primary motivation, but for a purpose? Does it think that? I’ve seen so-called klepto-cats online and it’s hilarious, (the little hoarders) but I don’t recall having one that would do that and only occasional desires to fetch, the purpose being to play with me. And maybe purpose is too strong a concept for animals but who knows? Bottom line is this stuff fascinates me and I’ll keep wondering about what makes cats tick the rest of my life. Sorry this was a long comment.

    Oh yeah, here’s the case of Dusty the cat burglar from San Mateo, Ca. A rare case of a klepto-maniac cat. I don’t think it’s the same as a regular cat moving your shoe. It’s just similar. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dusty_the_Klepto_Kitty

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