“Cats have their quirks, no doubt. But one of the more puzzling – and annoying – things they do is to knock stuff off tables and shelves.
Do they hate your things? Are they criticizing your home decorating skills? Or are they simply trying to drive us insane?
Truth is, it`s none of those things, although I do believe there might be a touch of vindictiveness in some of that behavior.
Animal experts say there are three reasons for this destructive and sometimes hilarious conduct. They`re bored and want attention, they`re practicing hunting, and they`re hungry.”
The Mercury News
My cats, Tico and Ebony, despise each other, and they avoid each other like the plague.
They don`t eat, sleep or play together, they unite forces only when they seem to be in a competition to see who can knock more things over.
Usually they just flick objects over, like a glass of water that`s precariously perched right on the edge of the coffee table, but Tico, who tips the scales at 25 pounds, sometimes pushes things over the coffee table or an end table.
In other words they don`t accidentally tip things over, they deliberately attempt to break my possessions.
I find cheap knick- knacks aesthetically displeasing, the only small objects that my cats can knock off my table and shelves are expensive crystal figurines. Tico has knocked over, and broken a couple of crystal candle holders, at least the candles weren`t lit.
Tico`s girth prevents him from jumping on top of my tallest book shelves and tables, and Ebony is too old to jump very high, so I place my most expensive objects on my tallest tables and shelves.
Why are my kitties and indeed all cats so destructive? They don`t knock things over to get my attention, they are very independent and barely deign to look in my direction.
They aren`t trying to hone their hunting skills, they know damn well that I will serve them gourmet cat food and treats throughout the day.
Cats are jerks, plain and simple. Adorable and fluffy, but jerks all the same. They knock things over because they are jerks.
Cat lovers have learned how to cat-proof their homes, and we gladly put up with their jerk tendencies.
The last time that Tico knocked something from the coffee table, I just picked him up, and gave him a big hug. Take that you big jerk.
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