Jeter, our wild-child of a cat, is generally a very content feline. He purrs incessantly for any variety of reasons including some that we, as humans see as somewhat inappropriate and others as very appropriate.
Patrick and I have had a bit of a running joke around Jeter’s purring. He has been content since we first got him… After he ran out of his carrier when we first brought him home and jumped from counter to counter and broke a mug then settled in as if he never lived anywhere else.
I am sure you have all heard of the fabulous site reasonsmysoniscrying.com.
Well, I have an alternate topic that we have discovered… Reasons our cat is purring.
I’ll start with some normal, somewhat expected ones…
- We are patting him.
- We are scratching him aggressively.
- We just got home.
- Cat nip.
- We let him in our bedroom after he scratched incessantly outside our door keeping us awake since 5 in the morning.
- We are playing with him and his feather on a stick.
- He is playing with my pager (until it beeps, then he freaks out).
- He broke my ear buds (again).
- We are playing with him and his large plastic tie that was holding the air conditioner box together.
- He is sprawled out awkwardly.
- He just ran to catch his toy.
- He just got back from running to catch his toy (without the toy in tow).
- He is snuggled in bed with us.
- He is snuggled on the couch with us.
- We opened the closet where we keep his treats.
- We fed him treats.
- A rousing game of hide and pounce. Bonus points if the humans are sleepy and just trying to go to bed.
Okay, now for some that are a bit weird, but still within the realm of normal.
- We picked him up.
- We put him down.
- We are having a wrestling match on the floor.
- He broke his feather on a stick (again).
- He hears any bag rustle that may be a treat bag but probably isn’t.
- We brought home groceries.
- He broke out and ran down the hall of the apartment building.
- He got out on the balcony.
- He came in from the balcony.
- He knocked over a glass of water.
- He knocked anything off of any surface.
- He got wedged in a drawer.
- He chewed multiple holes in his Costco sized bag of food (aka his buffet).
- He sat on my laptop.
- He crashed into a wall.
- He fell off a high surface.
- He is practicing his parkouring.
- We had house guests.
- He is watching us play Wii (namely the string on the controller).
- He got first dibs on the post-shower bathtub water.
- The maintenance man came to fix something in the apartment.
- He got in the garbage.
- Any kind of bag is in his presence and available to jump in… Bonus points if he can rip it or damage it in some way.
- We were building something.
And then there are the things that are just plain bizarre.
- He bit me.
- He bit me again.
- He is chewing on, well, anything.
- He ate pea soup.
- He was locked in a closet, drawer or suitcase for an unknown period of time.
- He was caught drinking from the toilet.
- He is all around present when someone is using the toilet.
- He was in the shower when I turned on the water.
- He gets to watch us brush our teeth.
- He got OUT of the sun.
- He is attacking what he perceives to the monster under the blankets (double points if he wakes up the humans in the bed with the monster).
- The dishwasher is open.
- He is trying to eat the flowers Patrick bought me for any given occasion (taking them away just increasing his apparent self satisfaction).
- He is trying to kill the Halloween costume he was lent by his frenemy Ellie.
- He sprinkled a generous serving of cat nip over the entire apartment.
- He is shredding any important document we own into tiny unrecognizable pieces.
- The printer is printing.
- We sprayed him with the water bottle that is “a punishment”
- We removed him (for the millionth time) from the dining room table/kitchen counter.
- He is sending us messages.
- Winter is coming.
This after just over one year of life together.
Again, the fact that he ate his cage name tag and tried to chew on my arm our first meeting should have been red flags.
At least he is happy. Or that is what I want to think.