Saturday, 28 July 2007

Flower Power

Elmo is a cool cat who's definitely into flower power.

Most cats bring presents to their owners - mice, birds, maybe even a baby rabbit. But Elmo, of Sunnyvale, San Jose, has given up little creatures for more inanimate objects.

He progressed from mice to gloves...... yes, gloves! His first trophy was a gardening glove and then he started bringing home latex gloves from a nearby medical center.

"Then one day we woke to magnolia blossom petals strewn throughout the living room. We praised him enormously," said Laurel Beecher.

"He brought more. We praised him more. Gradually, there were fewer gloves and mice, and more and more plant pieces. This year, he has decided the offerings should be fresh tips of young branches of any available trees.

"We praise him profusely and place the most beautiful ones on the place mat next to his food dish."
He's such a proud cat that he sometimes wakes his owners up in the middle of the night to show them his latest trophy.

Elmo was adopted from a shelter, is a real character. He keeps Laurel and her husband, Kees Vissers, laughing and doesn't mind at all when their daughters, Elizabeth and Caroline, pose him in sunglasses, as you can tell from the photo.

He's certainly proud of his prize catches.

"He likes best to leave them in our path somewhere," Laurel said, usually "the living room right on the main thoroughfare. But occasionally some make it to the floor of the bedroom. The majority of them never make it into the house.

"A lot seem to end up right by the cat door from the garage to the family room. I think it's hard to get them through the door. I threw out a pile of about 10-inch branch tips in various states of drying last weekend from there. He also loses some at the outside cat door.

"I wish we could get a camera mounted on his head to figure out how he does all of this. I don't think he could find such fresh branches if he depended on missed clippings from gardeners.

"My theory is that he walks along the tops of the wooden fences in the neighborhood so that he is at the right height for some young growth on branches. Then he chews them off."

At home, Elmo loves to play chase with the couple's teenage daughters and "converses back and forth with us a lot," Laurel said. "He sounds a lot like a duck quacking.

"We never knew a cat could be this fun and loving."


George said...

What a clever cool cat. My cat has a fixation with snails. He's always bringing them in and dropping them at our feet. I've lost count of the snails I've trodden on as I've walked around the house!
By the way, you're my first link. I have a dog blog!

That's Purrfect said...

I've linked you too. I'm not solely a cat person, I love dogs too! My little monsters are always leaving presents of half chewed mice. Gross!