The Funny, Sweet and Crazy Habits of a Cat
Meet Tucker. He's a 4 year old male blue-mitted Ragdoll cat. Also known as Tuckerpants, Tucker James (When he's being naughty), Fluffypants, The Fatness and sometimes just The Pants. We seem to enjoy coming up with nicknames for him, haha.
If you have never heard of a Ragdoll, let me just tell you a bit about them first. These cats are known for being more affectionate and social that most cats. The name comes from their tendency to go limp when they are picked up. They have a silky medium length coat that feels as soft as rabbit fur and doesn't mat. This is because their fur is made up mostly of guard hairs without the dense undercoat. These cats also have beautiful bright blue eyes. They take about 4 years for their coat markings to mature and I think it takes that long to mature mentally as well because he still acts a lot like a kitten. I have to say I've had several cats in my life and this cat is just more fun. He's full of personality and always makes me laugh. I thought I might share with you some of the crazy and cute things he does on a daily basis that make me love him even more.
Tucker as a Kitten
His water. Tucker does not drink out of a water dish. He refuses to bend his neck down like most cats and drink off the floor. He would like to drink out of a glass. I even dug up an old video of him as a kitten to show you how much he loves glasses of water. Not only that, he wants his water glass to be on the bathroom counter. I don't know why. All I know is one day he had water out of a glass in the bathroom at my mother's apartment and ever since he will jump on the counter in the bathroom at her place and at mine, and meow repeatedly.
When my boyfriend and I moved in to our new apartment, we vowed we would not have a glass of water in the bathroom anymore. Tucker was not at all pleased. We began to notice he wouldn't even touch his water. We started to get worried. Days went by and he barely sipped at the water. Every time we went into the bathroom he would meow frantically at us and we ended up cupping our hands and giving him water from our hands. This he would drink. I would go and get his dish and fill it in front of him. He wouldn't touch it. Finally we compromised. I really didn't want to use a glass because he couldn't reach the water quite quickly which always resulted in him trying to tilt the glass and spilling it everywhere. So I decided I would give him one of our nice bowls with high sides so it would be high enough for his Majesty. Luckily, this worked. His only issue now is that it must be fresh. His Majesty will sit and stare at the bowl and meow at us when we enter his field of vision if his water does not meet his standards.
He hates to be alone. As soon as Tucker sees me pull out my black work pants, he begins to get anxious. Although he does have a tendency to follow me from room to room anyway, when he knows I'm about to leave he is glued to my side. If I stand in front of the mirror in the bathroom to do my hair he is meowing or purring and walking back and forth across the counter in front of me. When I go into the bedroom to put on my makeup, he lays across as many items of makeup as possible to make things difficult. Then when I pick up my keys he runs to the doorway and lays in front of the door. He always tries to leave with us but unfortunately for him, he is strictly an indoor cat. Even when one person stays behind, Tucker does not like it when his people leave. He will often sit by the door for 20 minutes or so as if waiting for them to come back.
Tucker has a strange fascination with the shower. He is terrified of baths as most cats are, but he likes to look into the shower for some strange reason. Almost every time the shower comes on, you can hear the thud of him sliding off a chair or the bed and then he comes racing into the bathroom. If I move the curtain over a bit, he will put his paws up on the ledge and look in at the water coming down. Thirty seconds to a minute later he couldn't care less. All he wants to do at that point is leave or lay in the doorway so I can't close the door. That's another one...
King Tucker declares there shalt not be any closed doors. If he sees us starting to close a door he will get in the way if he can. If not he will sit by the door and act like he wants to go into or out of the room (staring at me, reaching up for the door handle with his paws etc) until I open the door. Then he will either look up at me or position himself in the doorway and then look at me. I just thank god he doesn't scratch frantically at the door all the time. That would be annoying. What he does is ignorable if necessary.
Tucker yells at the walls. Yes, you read that correctly. When things just aren't going his way or (and this is my opinion obviously I don't know what he's thinking) he just wants to get out of the apartment, Tucker will race around the apartment and then stop facing a wall, usually on a high surface he just raced up to. He will then meow angrily at the wall looking up towards the ceiling. It reminds me of someone complaining to God. Like “What did I do to deserve this!? I want out!” Sometimes he will look like he's trying to climb up the wall. I feel bad because I know how much he likes the outdoors I took him out when he was a kitten. But its just too dangerous for him here and there are a lot of dogs and stray cats around. Otherwise I would take him out on a harness and leash. Regardless, I am not sure why he does this and sometimes I don't know what brought it on. He certainly can't be bored because I play with him every day. He's got plenty of toys too.
He likes to punish us when we do not obey him. Sometimes Tucker thinks that he can tell me what to do. Even though his treat times are clearly 8AM and 8PM, HE would like it to be anytime he wishes. So at around 5 or 6AM when he's meowing at me for treats (he actually has a distinct sound he makes when he asks for treats. It sounds nothing like a normal meow.), he is quite outraged when I don't jump right up and accommodate him. So he decides he'll show those lazy humans that they can not ignore him. What does he do? He proceeds to knock as many items off of surfaces all over the house. The noisier, the better. And he combines this with racing around the apartment which is quite noisy when you realize we are talking about a 25 pound cat! Luckily I make sure he can't reach anything breakable so I can try to ignore it and get some sleep as long as I close the door.
Another tactic of his was getting to places he knows he's not allowed. I have a keyboard on a stand next to our TV stand and on top of the stand is my boyfriend's PlayStation3. Its his baby. We tried to train Tucker to stay off of both surfaces by saying no loudly and immediately removing him. He of course looked outraged and jumped back up for the simple fact that I wouldn't let him. But eventually he learned to leave it alone. Or so we thought. The first time he was in one of his moods about something we didn't do he jumped right up on my keyboard and walked all over Nate's precious PS3. We ended up putting a couple coats on the keyboard so he couldn't jump up without falling off with the coats. After a couple times of this, he stopped. He still will sit and look at it when he's mad as if checking to see if he could try it again.
Tucker must inspect our food before every meal. There's always a chance it could be something on his very small list of tasty human foods. So when we sit down with a meal he will wander over with his nose in the air and wait patiently for me to show him a small piece he can smell. I'm the only one that will usually do this and I don't always do it for him either. Ninety percent of the time, he won't find the smell appealing and will immediately turn his back on it and make a couple digging motions behind him as if that food was so disgusting to him it needed to be buried. When it is something good he will stare at me and although he can be quite bad with the begging he usually just tries to look cute and purrs at my feet.
Morning is cuddle time. Cuddle time starts as soon as I so much as move my arm or roll over while Tucker is wide awake and bored (Usually 5AM- whenever I wake up). As soon as he sees me stir he jumps up on the bed and plops down anywhere near my face that he can fit. I can't tell you how many times I've woken up to a mouthful of fluff because he is laying right over my face or right up against my face. If this does not wake me up he will position his paws on any exposed skin he can find and purrs and kneads his claws into my skin. This never fails. Usually he will choose to do this on my face or neck. Once I wake up he will roll around trying to look as sweet as possible and touch my face with his paws. You see, he is not simply satisfied with sharing a close moment with his humans. We need to participate. If I drift off to sleep and stop petting him I can expect to be quickly reminded by a paw to continue. He will give up if I refuse to pet him for long enough and jump down.
He will attack my boyfriend if he thinks Nate is hurting me. Now, my boyfriend is a sweetheart and he would never hurt me but sometimes we just mess around like wrestling for a remote or tickling or something. If I yell and seem to be in distress Tucker makes a beeline for Nate. So far its only gone as far as meowing loudly and slapping him with a paw but I really wonder what he would do if I were to be harmed in front of him.
Sometimes Tucker seems to be trying to get into the world he sees in the mirror. He will stand up and scratch at it for a few minutes and then sit and stare at himself. He doesn't know its a reflection, however, and I can easily spook him by coming up behind him even though he can clearly see me in the mirror. When I first brought him home he used to cry at the mirror because he missed his brothers and sisters and thought he had finally found another cat. At least that is how it appeared to me.
He sits like a person. This always makes people laugh when they see it. He will jump up on a chair and flop down in a way that he is propped up by the arm and the back of the chair. It looks like this picture of the orange tabby. He likes to cuddle in this position too, being propped up by my arm and body. Its just cute.
King Tucker also declares that his Majesty's food bowl shalt never be empty. When Tucker gets down to the last few bites in the bowl, this is a calamity! He will never finish the food at the bottom like somehow in the time it took him to eat his way down, the food has gone bad. Or perhaps he wants to ensure he has some backup food in case he never gets fed again. So when I go to fill it up I dump the old food in the bag first to make sure he eats it.
He really is a great cat overall. I complain about some of his habits here but most of the time he is a joy to have around. He wants attention but he usually isn't demanding about it, he plays and will play by himself sometimes which is always fun to watch and I love the way he follows me everywhere.
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