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Grooming the Kid

Picture taken by me of my cat, in her favorite spot on my desk.

Having pets can be so entertaining, especially when one of them has mother instincts in overdrive.

My cat Tigeress frequently thinks of us as her kids. When we start out to walk to the grocery store or a friends house she will often start following us "yowling" as if to say "Get back here, I didn't give you permission to leave the yard!"

Other times are more subtle and even more hilarious (at least for 3 of us). My daughter used to love to lay on the floor on a pillow and watch tv. I say she used to because she has completely quit doing it over the last several months.

The main reason is because Tigeress takes that as a signal that it is my daughters "bath time".

She will go over and lay near the top of my daughters head and start grooming her.

If my daughter tries to stop her she does what any momma cat does to a wayward kitten and pins her head with her paw! LOL.

Needless to say, the rest of the family has always found this very humorous to watch!

What about your "furry" family members, do they have any habits that just crack you up?

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Anja wrote on January 3, 2015, 5:12 PM

I had a cat that used to sit on my head and chew on my hair. I found that slightly disturbing.

momathome wrote on January 3, 2015, 5:14 PM

Anja But she was trying to groom you! lol. That's what Tigeress does, after all that is how she keeps herself clean and groomed so she is just trying to help us out, too. lol.

WordChazer wrote on January 3, 2015, 5:14 PM

Our last family cat used to try and stop mum from knitting if he wanted to sit on her lap. Apparently my friend's new cat is also as possessive so he is currently unable to use his laptop when she is in the room, as she thinks HER place is on his lap instead.

momathome wrote on January 3, 2015, 5:17 PM

WordChazer As you can see in the photo, Tigeress is not against taking up residence on my desk. And if she feels that she is not getting the attention she deserves she will lay on top of my mouse (often smashing my hand) until she gets it, lol.

WordChazer wrote on January 3, 2015, 5:28 PM

She is a beautiful, feisty moggie. Is she a silver tab? Another friend is a freelance researcher and journal editor whose previous cat used to lie in the printer output tray because it was warm! My friend with the lapcat is a rather tall gent, so he prefers to sit on a sofa than at a table when he's typing. Put him at a table with a laptop and it gives him backache very quickly. Straight choice now that his new cat is in the picture.

seren3 wrote on January 3, 2015, 5:33 PM

Oh dear! Sounds like Ms. Tigeress should have had kittens! I once knew a tiny teacup poodle who stole kittens lol.

imphavok wrote on January 3, 2015, 6:20 PM

That's so cute! I have three dogs and three cats and they all have their own crazy personalities. Pets are such a blessing

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 3, 2015, 7:10 PM

We have a beagle mix that adopts any kittens that come in her reach weather they need it or not.

momathome wrote on January 3, 2015, 7:25 PM

WordChazer She is a grey tiger striped but she has the unlaying markings of a calico. You can't really tell that from the picture because of the light being right on her. She has gorgeous markings and people are always commenting on them.

momathome wrote on January 3, 2015, 7:37 PM

seren3 She has actually had several litters, lol. That's where most of our other cats came from so she is truly the Queen Bee! lol.

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on January 3, 2015, 7:44 PM

we had cats before stay out of the way of our dogs, my younger brother is the cat lover

momathome wrote on January 3, 2015, 7:46 PM

paperdaisyflower7 It's the opposite here -- dogs stay out of Tigeress' way! I have a post to submit sometime later this week about what she did to a mastiff one time, lol. Tigeress' is the Queen Bee and here and she won't let no one forget it!

bleekley wrote on January 3, 2015, 9:25 PM

My wife taught one of our cats, beginning when it was a kitten, to fetch. The cat loves the game. My wife will wad a piece of paper and toss it, and the cat will get and return it, over and over, sometimes in the process leaping high in the air or getting its target out of difficult to reach places.

momathome wrote on January 3, 2015, 11:38 PM

bleekley I bet that entertains you and the cat for quite awhile! If I tried to get Tigeress to do something like that I wouldn't get more than a dirty look, lol. But she did have a lot of fun (and give us a lot of laughs) when she was a baby -- she went nuts over straws. She would steal them out of cups and go crazy chasing them all over the house even to the point of sliding into walls/furniture and doing somersaults while playing with them, lol.

OnlyErin6 wrote on January 4, 2015, 12:02 AM

My cat freaks out when people walk in the door. He jumps on the floor and can't get his footing and just slides around like a cartoon.

momathome wrote on January 4, 2015, 12:08 AM

OnlyErin6 I bet you all bust out laughing watching him! Mine don't freak out when people come in, they rarely deem them important enough to wake up (after all they are the ruling class, or so they think, lol). However, there is one lady that my cat does not like and when she comes in I have to keep her in another room because otherwise Tigeress will go after her. I can't really blame Tigeress, this lady keeps grabbing her ears and squeezing and rubbing them and Tigeress hates her ears being touched. I've tried repeatedly to tell the lady to not do that but she refuses to listen.

OnlyErin6 wrote on January 4, 2015, 12:16 AM

Haha, some people just don't know what not to do with animals. My cat hates my fiance. He loves the cat tough. Kinda like Elmira on Looey Toons, if you remember her. She loved her cat a little too much.

momathome wrote on January 4, 2015, 1:07 AM

OnlyErin6 My husband finally has started liking cats (although he won't admit he loves them as much as I do, lol). They like him too but if they have to choose, they always choose momma -- its the same way with our dog (which I didn't even want, lol). It always seems to work out that way even if I don't pay them much attention -- the animals always seem to pick me which kind of ticks him off, lol!

LadyDuck wrote on January 4, 2015, 4:43 AM

I love your cat Tigeress, she is beautiful. I am sure it was a lot of fun seeing her grooming your daughter... except for your daughter.

LilyDay wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:12 AM

Here, it is the male who is most likely to try to groom us. The girls are a bit more reserved in their grooming of the dirty humans.

Kat- wrote on January 4, 2015, 9:40 AM

We have two cats and a dog so we have many "habits" that keep us entertained. The one cat will not go out front to eat or anything until I get up once she see's I'm awake. My other cat likes to groom my clean hair right after a shower. And I swear our dog thinks she's a cat.

MelissaE wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:14 PM

We're dog people~large dog people (the dogs not us, although I could lose about 10 pounds). We have two Labs and one English setter. We also have two teenagers~our daughter is 19 and our son is 16. Our dogs are our babies. They are spoiled, and unfortunately they know it. I once read where you can't trust someone who doesn't like animals...I think that I prescribe to that notion. Have a blessed new year.

PeggyWds wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:52 PM

Our Peaches will sometimes jump in bed with me and she also likes to groom my hair. The only way to stop it is to pull the sheet over my head. Ha!

momathome wrote on January 4, 2015, 11:10 PM

PeggyWds My daughter has done that more than once, unfortunately Tigeress just crawls under with her, lol!

BodieMor wrote on January 7, 2015, 11:13 PM

Oh, so many! Our last remaining (and elderly) cat, a ginger, catches citrus rats to supplement the dinners we give him. But he doesn't like to eat alone so brings his catches into the house to munch on noisily. If we transfer them outside, he loses interest in them or tries to bring them back in. At that point, they must be trashed. The sad thing is, they are not garbage rats and many of them are very cute, possibly descendants of escaped pets (brown and white blotched coats instead of grey) so we really wish he would learn to enjoy dining al fresco!