Catering to Your Pet's Quirks

Catering to Your Pet's Quirks

Meg Lewis
Sep 14, 2010

To kill two birds with one stone, this summer I adopted a new kitty the same day that I moved. Before we brought our new fur ball home, we decided to buy him all the necessary luxuries a cat could dream of. In addition to purchasing a few cat beds, we bought toys, treats, and even a pet chalet. Little did we know our new kitty would not only dislike each luxury, but grow to despise them.

Perhaps it was the overwhelming environment filled with boxes and continuous furniture moving that may have added to our cat's quirks. Within the first week he had peed on his cat beds, refused to play with any toy and would never lay on a comfortable surface. To this day, our little Björn still rejects any soft blanket or cushion and opts for the wood floor or coffee table. He enjoys the simple curiosity of a shoelace rather than his pricey catnip toys.

Since our move, we have rid our apartment of what a "normal" cat might like. We have learned that our little guy only likes hard, cool surfaces. We make sure to clear off the coffee table and our desks so that he has a place to lay while we're gone. I removed the shoelaces from a few pairs of shoes and gave away the rest of his unused cat toys.

What kinds of unexpected quirks have your pets acquired? What lengths have you gone to keep your pet happy?

Image: Meg Lewis

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