Pets are odd. When you really sit down and think about it, you’re letting a wild animal live in your house. Kind of strange, right?
Well, those wild animals are bound to engage in some odd behavior from time to time, as these AskReddit users can attest to.
1. Smart cat
So, this is kind of terrifying to me, but it’s adorable at the same time, I suppose.
My cat knows how to open doorknobs. He’s learned that, with me being a female, I can’t leave the bathroom without using toilet paper. If he wants something and I’m in the bathroom, he’ll open the door, grab the toilet paper that is hanging down with either his teeth or his paw and pull it and bring it to me. He’ll then sit and wait and if I don’t use it (doesn’t matter if I’m on the toilet or not) he’ll get more.
Doesn’t matter if I’m in there to shower, brush my teeth, or take a piss. Neville will make you use the toilet paper until he gets what he wants.
2. The talking parrot
My parrot has a routine where he will ask himself “Wanna scratch?” and proceed to gently stroke his head with one toe, all while softly murmuring to himself “Good boy… a good boy”. He’ll then bite his toe and, after a moment, yell: “OWWWW! DON’T BITE! YOU BAD BIRD!”.
He also speaks in his “man voice” whenever he sees someone with short hair, male or female. He’ll also randomly say “I love you”, followed by “What the hell”.
My dog goes to bed at 8:30pm every night. And when I say goes to bed I mean he stops whatever he is doing, leaves whoever he is with, and goes upstairs, alone, gets into my bed, pulls the pillows off, digs back the covers, and burrows under and goes to sleep. Then when I come to bed later on, he acts annoyed that I am waking him up.
The oddest thing about this is that he does it at 8:30, every night, without fail. Not 8:25 or 8:33, but 8:30. No idea how he does that. He cannot tell time as far as I know.
4. Very nice
My cat uses the litter box and sprints down the stairs and does laps around the couch. We’ve dubbed it “poop ‘n split”.
5. Dogs are the best
Whenever I’m having a bad slump in my depression, I pace. My Pomeranian will follow behind me and lightly touch his nose to the back of my heel each time I take a step to remind me he’s there, following me for hours just nudging me so I don’t forget that I’m not alone. When I finally sit down, he curls up in my lap and nuzzles my stomach until I feel better.
If I don’t pace, he’ll still stay as close to me as possible. He’ll sleep jammed against the leg of my chair and the baseboard of the kitchen counter on the tile floor. He’ll cry at me if I go upstairs without him. I can’t even take a shower without him sitting in the bathroom with me. He only ever does this when I’m not feeling well. When I’m feeling alright, he generally keeps to himself.
My cat goes and kills so many birds and mice like any other cat will do, but when he brings them in he puts them in the toilet. It’s a weird thing to walk in the bathroom and see a dead bird in the toilet.
7. “In danger of starving”
This is probably common cat behavior, but regardless how much food is in the cat’s dish, he freaks out if he can see the bottom of the dish – as if he’s in danger of starving to death that very moment.
If you just nudge with the dish with your foot so that the bottom is once again covered with food, then he calms right down.
8. Like a baby…
My dog refuses to get up off the couch and go to bed on her own. My husband has to pick her up off the couch, cradle her like a baby while he carries her upstairs, and then has to tuck her into her bed. She’s a 50 pound pit bull.
My dog wouldn’t pee if anyone was watching.
She’d get in the right position, in a suitable patch of grass then make eye contact as if to say: ‘some privacy please?’
10. TV watcher
My dog watches TV, specifically commercials. He even knows which ones have dogs, cats, monkeys, and other animals by listening for a specific jingle or name to be mentioned. Scooter has watched TV since he was a puppy. Initially, he would just glance and bark at the TV when an animal showed up across the screen, but he’d soon return to playing with his toys. Today, he’s addicted to the TV when it’s on. He could be gnawing on a fresh piece of rawhide, but once the Bud Light “Weego” dog commercial starts (just the first sounds of the commercial are enough to trigger him), he props himself in front of the TV and waits for Weego to show up. It’s amazing how he continues to learn which commercials and TV shows have animals, and he can recognize animal shapes (Sirius radio dog silhouette).
He spotted a border collie in a BlackBerry commercial once, and they had other similar ones without the dog. So, when BlackBerry ran a version of that commercial with their jingle, he’d wait for the 1 second showing of the border collie. Even, Flo from Progressive gets him going, cause that series has a few with goats and dogs in it. It’s gotten to the point that during the actual show, let’s say the Stanley Cup Finals, he just hangs out. As soon as the NHL theme song plays to cut to commercial he’s already sitting up in front of the TV waiting to see what commercial will feature an animal.
11. Sounds like a dog
My last cat would only scratch brick, play with his toys and then arrange them in his toy box afterwards, play fetch, and loved strangers. I never trained him to do any of that. You could also tell him to do things and he’d do them such as “throw that away,” “go get your mousey toy,” etc. You didn’t have to give the exact command either, he wasn’t trained to do these things, just learned them along the way. If you told him to do something he didn’t like such as put his favorite toy in the garbage, he’d dig it out later when you were sleeping and put it back in his toy box.
My dog absolutely loves chews – regular rawhide sticks, pig ears, you name it. The twist is that she very, very rarely actually chews on them. Oh no. She will put one in her mouth, systematically pace every square inch of the space, and finally proceed to hide it. If you see her doing this, it’s all a bust, and she has to find a new spot. She occasionally hides one, only moments later to decide that her spot wasn’t good enough, at which point she retrieves it…rinse, repeat.
Sometimes, she’ll pick a spot but can’t quite get it hidden enough. This usually manifests as her nosing the chew hundreds of times into a particular crack in a chair’s cushions, or into a fold in our big beanbag seat. Then, something magical happens. She gets pissed at it – the chew, the situation…it…and she starts whining. She will whine, very loudly, at life, and it sounds like a pigeon having a stroke.
13. The dog runs the show
My Australia cattle dog will try to kick my wife off the bed so that she can cuddle with me. My wife hates getting licked by dogs so naturally my dog will pin her down until she leaves. If that doesn’t work she will sneak onto the bed in the middle of the night to cuddle with me.
My cat showed up on our back porch one day, and after the proper amount of time/vet visits/searching for her possible owners, we adopted her. At first we put her litter box in my parent’s bathroom, and so she started to sleep in their room too. Any time my dad would wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom, she would go ahead and get up too. She would stretch, follow him into the bathroom, and tinkle right next to him before following him back to bed. Every night.