We've seen dogs being weird and pets bringing home the weirdest of items, so it's no surprise that our closest (usually) four-legged friends can be really, really bizarre. Some say that pets can be so close to their owners, that they eventually mimic some behavior and we know anything about humans, we know that our own species can have some pretty strange habits. That's why it doesn't surprise anyone that pets can be a little... "out there" with their actions. Well, as long as they're not hurting anyone, we guess? People of Reddit decided to share some of the weirdest, yet harmless habits their pets have, and, let's be honest, some are pretty darn weird. Scroll down to check them out and don't forget to comment, as well as vote for your favorites. Oh, and if you have some weird stories of your own, share them with other pandas! (Facebook cover image: sipa)
I am not allowed to get mad, If I yell, raise my voice, or even sound angry my cat pumpkin will get up from wherever she is and run over. She will then mew gently and grab at my arm with her paws while mewing. She pulls my hands to her head and rubs her head on me trying to get me to calm down. It works though so theres that.
Ah-ha, it's Carlisle time! Carlisle is my mentally retarded dog in a very literal sense; he has epilepsy and after seven years of seizures, there's not a lot going on in there. He was rescued from an extreme neglect/hoarding case and he is now a spoiled, completely mindless little gnome of stupid whimsy. He's also on about 45 mg phenobarb for the epilepsy every day, so he's also sort of high all the time.
Some Carlisle stories:
He was once scratching his face with his back leg, yawned, and got his foot caught in his mouth. He needed help getting it out.
He once chased a rabbit, cornered it, forgot what he was doing, and then got attacked by the rabbit (which probably felt this was its very last defense). He now fears rabbits. I have a rabbit in the house. He will not go near her.
He sometimes gets confused while drinking water and urinates in the water bowl.
He sometimes gets caught in "loops" of compulsive behaviors. His most common looping behavior is digging. Unless you reorient him he will sit on his haunches and dig with his front legs pretty much for hours.
Once he got his collar caught on a knob on the dresser and sat there getting slightly choked until I found him. (We had to remove the knobs from the dresser for his safety.)
He has climbed onto the coffee table and shat into a flower pot (presumably because it had soil and he thought he was outside). We can no longer have indoor plants, not even if they're as small as a coffee can, because he will shit in them.
He gets scared by the pictures of a dogs on the wall in an exam room at the vet's. We have to request rooms with diagrams.
He goes to sleep if you put a blanket over him like a bird.
He sometimes tears holes through sheets and then sticks his head through and just walks around with it like a robe. Every single sheet and blanket in the house has at least one Carlisle hole.
If the other dog leaves the house he [howls] until the other dog returns. It's really pathetic, even for him.
As for the non-Carlisle pets of my house, my rabbit and my cat are pair-bonded, which is pretty adorable. The cat likes to bat the rabbit's ears. The rabbit doesn't care. She just sort of blobs into a puddle of disapproval.
Growing up, we had a chocolate lab named Kody. Kody had a few oddities and idiosyncrasies about him.
My parents are beer drinkers, and Kody would learn how to open each and every cooler we ever had so that he could eat all of the ice. That dog LOVED ice, he would eat it until he had what we called "brain freezers" or these mini little seizures (he was fine, but it was a weird habit).
Another time, Kody was out pooping in the yard and we saw a bunch of cloth coming out of his butt. Turns out, it was an ace bandage that had to be surgically removed. Upon opening his stomach they found a silver dollar, a few bobby pins, the ace bandage and a billiards cue ball. Now, here's the kicker- we didn't own a pool table, and our closest neighbor was 5 miles away, who also did not own a pool table. We never did find out where he got that cue ball from. He lived to be 15 years old and passed away peacefully two years ago. Miss you, buddy.
I have a giant Maine-coon Siamese mix tomcat. His thing is to bring up laundry from the basement during the night. The weird thing is that he's pretty good at taking clothes into the right rooms. I don't know if he does it by smell or what - but it's pretty normal for me to wake up to a pile of my socks, my daughters some of theirs, etc. He also chirps and meows the entire time he's making his deliveries - which is pretty funny in and of itself.
My cat likes to shower with me. He will sit and drink the water as it runs until i use shower gel, then he will sit on the edge silently judging me for contaminating our lord water.
My dog likes to sit in the bathtub during the summer, most likely because it's cooler than the floor or her bed. Totally harmless unless you're going to the bathroom in the middle of the night and think there's a killer in your shower.
My dog has 'takeaway' every time she eats. She won't stand at her bowl. She stuffs her mouth full of dry food and then sits near me wherever I am, spits out all her food and eats it one bit at a time. When she is finished it she repeats it all.
My dog can't go anywhere without his toy. My girlfriend calls it his "girlfriend". If we go outside he will bring the little stuffed animal with him and drop it somewhere. If we tell him to "go find your girlfriend" he will search frantically for it until it's found.
My pet rat, Doctor, likes to poop when she is hanging from the bars of her cage and making eye contact with me or my fiancee.
She knows it makes us uncomfortable. She don't care.