I have three cats who are all over ten years old who dig in sock drawers, laundry baskets, or laundry chute closet to retrieve socks, mittens, toddler under garments, or small stuffed toys. After they retrieve these items they wander about the house howling as loud as they can as if they are looking for something. Sometimes they will stash the item somewhere and other times they will just drop it an d leave it lying where they left it. I have socks, mittens, and my daughters underwear lying all over the house. Why do they do this and what can I do to stop or discourage this behavior?
sort by best latest
Thanks for commenting. Thankfully our male cat Jimmy, does not do this although sometimes the collection of critters he brings home can be a nuisance especially when the critter is still alive and he manages to bring it inside the house.
This is a new behavior from mature adult cats. The items they carry about are often retrieved at times with a rather high degree of difficulty like forcing open a sock drawer to get a pair of socks. It is odd. Thanks for your response.