Tuesday 17 October 2023

Elmo The Horticulturalist

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

Lots of cats bring presents to their owners - mice, birds, maybe even a baby rabbit. But Elmo, who was adopted from a shelter in 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 centre.

His owner, Laurel Beecher, said one day they woke to magnolia blossom petals strewn throughout the living room. "We praised him enormously," she said. "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 doesn't even mind when the children of the family pose him in sunglasses!

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."

Look at this: 

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  1. That's certainly a better find than mice or birds. He definitely deserves praise for it.

  2. They definitely need to get a collar camera or something. lol

  3. My humans don't appreciate my gifts. ~Latte

  4. Love this. Thank you for my smile


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