Narcissistic little fellow, or just super happy to have a friend?
When Jenny Salzer went to Goodwill in March, she was just browsing when she stumbled upon a statue that looks just like her beloved black cat, Cosmo. The resemblance was eerie, she says, and she just had to get it. Jenny bought the statue and promptly brought it home to place on the front steps of her house. She completely forgot about the impulse purchase until she was sitting outside one day with Cosmo and her kitty saw it. Immediately intrigued by his weird twin, Cosmo started sniffing the statue and rubbing his face all over it. Typically, Cosmo likes soft things, Jenny said, so his behavior was off-character.
She told The Dodo that "He loves to play! He also likes to cuddle and make biscuits on anything fuzzy." However, this statue was the exception to Cosmo's usual rule, it seems, because he couldn't stay away from his doppelganger. Since that time, Cosmo has grown increasingly more attached to the statue. Sometimes Jenny will even catch Cosmo wrapping his paws around it to give it a big hug. He even rubs his face on it to claim it because that's how cats claim things that they love, usually their humans.
“He normally likes the statue, but he hadn't loved on it so much before,” Salzer said. He was growing even more fond of his new friend. Cosmo is mostly an indoor cat, so whenever he is allowed to be outside with Jenny's supervision, he spends all his time hanging out with his friend the statue. Even when he's not showing affection to the statue, he's just sitting there keeping the statue company, sitting next to it, Jenny says.
Jenny doesn't know if Cosmo sees something of himself in the statue or if he's just glad to have a playmate, albeit a quiet one. Either way, Cosmo is a happy kitty these days and Jenny is delighted about that. Check out Jenny's Instagram via the link below to see a video of Cosmo playing with his friend the statue.