We've seen dogs being weird and pets bringing home the most unusual items, so it's no surprise that our closest (usually) four-legged friends can be really, truly bizarre. Some say that pet animals can be so close to their owners, that they eventually mimic some behavior and if we know anything about humans, we know that our own species can have some pretty strange, but not necessarily bad habits. That's why it doesn't surprise anyone that silly animals can be a little... "out there" with their actions. Well, as long as these weird animals are 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 the unusual animal behaviors out and don't forget to comment, as well as vote for your favorites. Oh, and if you have some weird stories on animal psychology 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.
My dog can sense when I'm about to fart and will stick his nose near my ass crack to smell it and then run away in disgust after. I have no idea why he continues to do it when it clearly annoys him
My oldest dog Oden likes to lock himself in our rooms and climb out the windows onto our roof. Take a look its hilarious
We have a Great Dane/greyhound mix named Keelah who, on occasion, absolutely must sniff my boyfriend's belly button. I've never seen a dog get so derpy about it before. She'll jump up and put her paws on his shoulder and stick her nose in his stomach until he gives in and pulls his shirt up so she can sniff. She's really, really weird.
My boyfriends cat loves to snuggle up on people's chests and then slooowly and veeery gently place her paw (with claws out and toes spread) and just .. place it on their mouth.
Does anyone know what the heck she's trying to get out of this?
My lardass cat has this weird cake infatuation. (Ha ha I know). Not to eat. She likes to lay on them. I can't count how many cooling cakes I had to throw out because she decided to take a nap on them. I have to hide them somewhere to cool and frost. I also had to buy a solid cake saver because she would lay on my old one and crush the lid into the cake.
My favorite was when my son turned one, we had the unwrapped cake sitting on the counter waiting for cake time, and she tried to lay in it. When I came in to get it all the frosting is pulled off in the center and one pissed off frosting covered cat under my bed.
Yet she still does it.
My dog smiles whenever he wants something. He started showing his teeth when he got excited to see us after long periods of times (i.e. vacations) and we would say "What a pretty smile!" He made the connection to the word and now will do it on command and pretty much whenever he wants our food. Kind of like a "hey look I'm smiling, I'm pretty!" Some people probably think it's bad that he does it because he's technically showing his teeth, but you can tell it's not aggressive or in a bad way. I think it's hilarious.
Our cat pulls my dresser drawer open and sleeps in the socks after he arranges them into a cozy "cat bed" for himself.
Our golden retriever has 3 comfort blankets that he folds and carries around with him.
My SO's dog, Lola, farts when we enter the car.
My best friend's kitten (to whom I am a kitten aunt by proxy) has a new habit of running down the stairs at top speed and launching himself onto the sofa.
She swears he's either going to kill her with a heart attack or he's going to f**king miss the sofa and go claws-first into her face, and she's not sure which.
My parrot is obsessed with ears. He will happily spend 15-20 minutes delicately nibbling on the rim of my ear, carefully scraping his beak around the inside, and licking all over. Last time I saw my doctor for a physical and she got to the otoscope part of the exam, she exclaimed, "Wow, your ears are remarkably clean!" Gee, I wonder why...
My cat chews through bags to eat bread. Doesn't matter the container or the type of bread. And because he drools he can dissolve any kind of paper bag in a minute. It's bizarre but he was a stray so I figure he used to do that to survive.
You know how cats, especially kittens will "nurse" on things? Like knead their paws and suck on something like a blanket?
Yeah, my 10 year old dog does that.
My cat loves to watch the toilet flush for some reason - he would even come running from other rooms in his house at the sound of a flush when he was younger. I guess it's mostly harmless, but I have found toys in the toilet before the lid down rule was put in place (my assumption is so that he can watch them zoom around too).
My cat licks walls. often for 10 minute intervals. i wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of his sandpaper tongue scritch-scratching at the wall.
My cat used to sit on my couch, like a person would with her 2 back legs outstretched in front of her, and then proceed to bend down and suck on her own nipples while purring very loudly. It was weird.
My dog is extremely careful about begging for food. She knows that she'll be banished if she stares and drools, but if she doesn't actually look at the food she technically isn't begging. Here's a picture of her pointedly ignoring some jerky.
She stares at me while I sleep. From 3" away. When I open my eyes all I see are these huge solid black eyes in a weirdly diagonal white face.
I wake up convinced that I have been abducted by aliens.
After I take a shower, my collie mix insists on rolling in my towels.
When I have the towel on my head and I'm laying down.. He tries to roll in it.
If I'm sitting with the towel on my head, he tries to roll in it.
Then when I inevitability throw them on the floor he has a field day.
My German shepherd is a hoarder. He has a hiding spot behind a chair and underneath a table, and he's been building a stash that we have to go in every week or so and clean out. Usually it's just wrappers and random s**t he "sneaks" out of our trash cans. This last weeks clean out consisted of 3 of my oven mitts and a pudding cup. He doesn't chew on anything, he just likes to have stuff.
My chihuahua sneaks to her water dish. We have no idea why. She does this almost every day at varied times. If her water is dirty or if the dish is empty she will keep sneaking until the situation is fixed.
We don't have pets in the main country the Netherlands where we reside but we got a ton of them in my fathers country Russia. We own a big piece of ground and a forest, with 23 white Russian wolves and 3 Caucasian owcharkas. The wolves have some weird habits and one of them is that they greet each other and their pups by friendly biting them in their neck, it still that scares the shit out of guests and relatives that we usually have over.
My cat would be happy with his eyes closed purring and layed down my side and then suddenly look in the direction of the corner of the room with his eyes completely open. When I look there's nothing there. It's scary
My cat talks to herself if she thinks no one is around. I'll come home or go to a side of the house that I haven't been in all day and hear her meowing and chirping and howling. Once she realizes I'm there, she'll stop. I've been able to sneak up on her a couple of times and it's pretty bizarre to watch. She'll just be walking around the room making sounds. She doesn't do it that often. I wish I could catch it on video
My dog does this little boner dance whenever he has a boner. He slides across the floor and humps the air rapidly until his doggy-boner goes down.
My cat swats/punches his water dish a few times before drinking it. It splashes everywhere. No clue why.
Just thought of something else! He is long haired floofy cat (peach/blondie), and we have a fuzzy blanket similarly coloured. My cat often licks it to clean it, mistaking it for himself.
One of our cats will climb up onto the back of our couch while we're watching a movie or something and loudly clean his butthole.
My cat nurses on his own tail. He will creepily come up and lay really close to you, curl in a ball, and start sucking away at the end of his tail. Sometimes he'll even look you in the eye while he does it.
I know it's a comfort thing to him, I found him alone when he was just a baby, but it's a pretty weird thing to do.
Step 1: Drop the tennis ball into my hand so I can throw it across the room for him to fetch
Step 2: Retrieve the tennis ball and start gnawing on it with his head halfway under the couch
Step 3: Drop the ball and have it roll to an unreachable distance under the couch
Step 4: Stare at me and moan loudly until I am convinced to walk over to the couch the ball is under and lay on the floor, struggling to reach far enough. Eventually I just lift the couch so he can get far enough underneath it to grab the ball back
My pit asks for permission every night before getting in bed with us. We have never told him to stay off of furniture, but he always asks. He does that weird howl/growl/bark thing that "talking" dogs do.
My male cat likes to stand in the corner, face the wall, and sing the song of his people. My female kitten likes to meow at me and then hide when I walk over to pet her. She's a jerk.
My dog (a husky) will make a gap in his food with his snout, then will yowl at the nearest human like he's hungry and there's no food in the bowl, until you pick his bowl up, shake the gap out and put it back down again. He will eat it then!
My cat will sit in the bathtub for hours and meow at passersby to turn the water on for him. Then when someone finally gives in, he will splash around for about a minute and then go drag his big wet furry feet over someone/my pillow.
Every morning he will excitedly hang over the edge of the bathtub, waiting for me to turn on the shower. Once I do, it takes him about two seconds to realise what's going on, and then he panics and scrambles as fast as he can out of the tub.
Not sure if this counts but my snake falls off of everything. Put him around your neck he falls off. He falls while trying to climb up or down my chair, desk, and always plops off my bed if I am not watching him. He will even get excited smelling something so he will point his head straight up and extend his body up until he falls backwards belly up. Will also do this while swallowing his food.
My cat "nurses" on a blanket we have. But only if the blanket is on me. It's like the little f**ker actually thinks I am his mother. He's strange. He also likes to play fetch and attack people who come over to visit. Weirdo.
Anytime we Hoover a carpet my Jack Russell has to 'swim' all over it, because God forbid it not have his fur on it :)
Also, he regularly sneakily drinks our cups of tea.
One of my three cats is a monster. He is kinda fat but stocky/muscular too. He is 6 and weighs about 20 pounds.
Anyways, he will lick plastic bags. We are always afraid he will suffocate himself because he will stick his head down inside the bag and lick for as long as we'll let him.
He also steals paper clips. My mom was working on her doctorate and she had mountains of papers and a lot of paperclips on them. The crazy cat would dig through all of the papers and pull off the paper clips with his teeth. And he hid them all under the rug that was under the couch so we couldn't see them.
And he plays very rough. We found out the hard way that he enjoys being spanked. We caught him fighting another cat and gave him a tap on the behind to get him to stop, and he fell on the floor and started purring. And when I scratch his chin, he isn't happy until I scratch as hard as I physically can, to the point where I think I'm gonna dig up all of his fur.
My friend has a really bizarre cat, she loves to be spanked. She will lie down with her butt in the air for people to pat her right above the tail. The harder the better.
She also loves to be spun around on an office chair, she jumps up on the back of it and holds on with her claws to be spun around. Spinning + smacking her butt every time she passes = kitty bliss.
My rat loved snot and would grab all my used tissues to lick inside them.
She won't eat unless both my husband and I are seated in the family room watching TV. It's pretty inconvenient on busy days.
My cat is afraid of the dishwasher, I guess. Not the sound of the dishwasher running, the sound of me taking s**t out of it and putting it away. He is mostly silent, maybe a welcome meep when I get home. But the dishwasher...man. Mayhem. It's been seven years and he still freaks the f**k out every single time.
My cat Miles will run to the other side of the house and meow to his brother Murphy. You can tell it's a "Hey!! Come check this out!" and he'll keep doing it until Murphy finally gets up and goes to look. Sometimes though, Murphy says eff that and stays where he is, leaving Miles to meow at nothing for like an hour. Finally he'll show up and look at Murphy like, "Didn't you hear me!!?" No but we did!
My Australian Shepherd likes to sneeze in the clean laundry as it comes out of the dryer. It has turned into a two person job to get laundry done without dog sneezes on it. One to distract the dog and the other to hustle the laundry into the basket and to safety.
My cat, O'Malley, will always smell a new person's shoes when I bring people over. When he is finished, he looks over at me and makes a stupid face.
My English bulldog Shelby will sit with her back to me and try and look at me upside down by leaning back until she falls down. She does the same thing in the car. I thought it might be vertigo but she just really seems to enjoy it.
My male dog licks my female dogs cooch after she pees, then his lips and jaw quiver as he drools. Freakin weirdo.
My cat licks people...all the time and all over. It's odd when you wake up in the middle of the night being licked and realize it's not the dog doing it.
One of my cats likes to get in the lower branches of bushes (and the Christmas tree, as it turns out) and just chill. Just sit there in the branches, eight inches off the ground.
Not mine but my SO's dog, Bacon... Cannot poop unless he is backed up against something.
When we first started dating I used to get to his apartment before he got off work so I would take the dog for a walk. Like any male Bacon must pee on everything to ensure its his. Which meant sometimes I didn't realize that he wasn't sniffing the same place to pee but to find the prefect article in which to place his butt against and would tug him along and ruin the whole process... Which meant about five minutes of the behavior or him deciding to hold it.
My dog likes to eat beaded jewelry. I shouldn't say eat, he sucks on it until it comes apart, and then he abandons it and acts innocent.
When I'm away from my husky for more than about eight hours she will likely howl at me and make a big deal, like she's cussing me out.
Run run run, locks up front legs slide slide slide, roll roll roll. How does she not break her neck?
My cat Wookie has an intense love of the bathroom. He will lay on the edge of the bathtub while I take a bath, will sit on the bathmat and watch us shower, and loves the toilet. He loves to watch it flush, likes to watch my husband pee (has gotten pee on his head from trying to watch from the wrong angle) and likes to try to pull toilet paper up out of the toilet while it is flushing, which is pretty gross. Weird cat.
My pancho gets super worked up and then immediately thinks he needs to drink water. This usually results in him coughing up any water he just drank and freaking out about coughing.
My sisters mastiff likes to sit down next to your leg and lean on your leg and stare at you but he's so heavy he often pushes people over with his lean.
My dog take his blankey or his bed and will suck on it with his eyes closed. We assume he thinks he's nursing. He also occasionally humps his bed before sucking on it. Harmless but weird as s**t.
My cat likes hair ties. He swallowed one once and he proceeded to prance around the living room with the rubber piece hanging out of his asshole. I now have to hide them all so I'm not paying for surgery on his dumb ass.
My dogs also go around licking each other's assholes and the cats assholes. They also won't sleep unless they are buried under a blanket.
My female cat rubs her head on EVERYTHING and has a weird fascination with doing this on shoes.
My GF's cat poops in the litterbox, then immediately tries to cover it by making digging motions on the floor/wall next to the litterbox. Never inside. Not sure if dumb or just a c**t.