Monday, September 12, 2016

Connor’s Comfort Toy

This is Connor’s favorite toy. We call it his Comfort Toy. 








We have two of them, and we had them before we adopted Connor in February. Abbey especially liked them.

But after Connor became part of the family, Abbey didn’t seem to mind that he played with them. She seemed to pass down the toys to him. 

Sometimes Connor takes the toy in his mouth and trots around the house with it. He makes a sound that sounds like a mew. He seems to barely be able to make the sound audible. 

He brings the toy in the area of the bedroom and the kitty zen room if Larry and/or I are back there. He stops making the sound when he sees us. We usually pick up him or otherwise comfort him.

One day I was in the kitty zen room with Abbey and Natasha. Larry wasn’t home. I assumed Connor knew I was home. Connor appeared with the toy and made the sound, but seemed to feel better when he saw me.

Sometimes when we come home, we’ll find the Comfort Toy in the kitchen near the food bowls. I wonder if he looks for the girls the same way he looks for Larry and me. We have also found it pulled up on my reading chair, where he likes to sleep.

We think he does this when he feels lonely. It also seems to calm him. If he lays at my feet while I’m reading and starts to play with my feet, I can lay the soft part of the toy on him and he grabs it and seems content.

Do you think we’re on the right track in thinking this toy is truly a comfort to him? Have any of your animals ever had a toy or object like this? 

14 comments:

  1. I have had cats make that sound carrying a toy before. Only two of the cats I've had ever did that. With both of them, I kind of felt like it was a hunting sound. Like they thought they'd just killed a mouse and were proudly carrying it around. The other thing that occurred to me was that it could be that it was a mothering sound, since mother cats carry their kittens that way. But I don't really know which it is.

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  2. Connor's traveling toy and our Chucky's woolie migration sound a lot alike! I never thought of it as comforting, but now that you've said it...I think that's exactly what it is! Too bad I'm rarely around when he's meowing with my socks in his mouth, but when it does happen, we make sure to give him lots of praise and lovin'! Connor is adorable!

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  3. Yes, we think it is a comfort toy. We have always had cats that strongly bonded with specific toys, and carried them around daily (Miss Newton has an army of IKEA rats she leaves everywhere), and dropped them at our feet to get us to play (Quint loves to fetch), and brings them to their napping spots. With Quint, we think it might be a hunting instinct too. With Miss Newton, we think she was a mother once and moved her babies often.

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  4. Oh I agree...for some reason it is his form of a security blankie and I think he associates it with his humans and fun.

    Crazy Madi totes the clear plastic rings off the neck of the Listerine bottle. She makes a 'crazy madi' noise, drops it whacks it then runs after it...and finally she drops it in her water fountain. Maybe she is 1/4 raccoon?
    Hugs Madi Mom and PS don't tell her I called her crazy

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  5. That is very sweet that Connor carries his comfort toy around.

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  6. It does sound like this toy brings Connor some comfort. Zoey has a stuff animal, it's a cat, that she loves. She'll pull it out to the middle of the bed and groom it. We call it her "baby" and we're sure it's her security blanket of some sort.

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  7. dood...that... ore purrhaps yur askin if any one wood like ta play with ewe N yur awesum toy ~~~~ ???!!! ☺☺☺♥♥♥

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  8. Buhbee had a teddy bear when he was a baby <3

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  9. That is so sweet, it is like a security blankie.

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  10. It sounds like my Sophie and your Connor do the same thing when they carry a toy around. She does it with toys and actual blankies.

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  11. What a great toy, Connor! My kitties do a very similar thing with their favorite toys. My girl Eddy has a very loud mew she does until I come and acknowledge her toy. It seems our kitties simply want their favorite peeps to see their "prey" and praise them on a job well done. I'm quite happy to oblige, especially since the alternative could be them bringing me a mouse or some other real deal that I might not appreciate as much. Purrs, and have fun with that great toy of yours, Connor!

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  12. oooh i do for sure. they are people/children...finding comfort in objects or things!!! he is beautiful!!!

    ooooh and i don't have any pets!!

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  13. Jack does this. I think he is looking for praise for his "kill"

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  14. We aren't sure what it means, but it's totally adorable!
    Cammie!

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