Quirky Cats in Hudson County: Our Readers Share Fun Facts About Their Pets

International Cat Day is August 8, and there’s no better way to celebrate than recognizing some of the beautiful felines in the Hudson County area. Cats are both wonderful and hilarious creatures. One minute they’re purring and snuggling up to you — the next they’re doing flips inside a cardboard box. We asked our readers in our Hoboken + Jersey City Insiders Facebook Group to submit photos of their pet cats as well as fun and original anecdotes. To celebrate International Cat Day, we’ve compiled these cats + their quirks below. Read on for a list of some local Hoboken + Jersey City cats.

Thank you so much to everyone who submitted their cats. While we can’t include everyone, we’ve enjoyed each of your kittens – and will save cat photos that we haven’t used for future articles.

Dusty, Will Steal Your Hot Dog – Property of Sam + Danny

This beautiful gray kitty is a sweetheart – although she has a pretty funny quirk. “Dusty is the perfect cat and has a few quirks – the funniest part is that she LOVES hot dogs and will do anything to steal one from you,” her owners Sam and Danny said.

Millie, gets night zooms – Property of Erika

millie white cat blue eyes

This blue-eyed beauty is rather shy and is a big fan of the aptly named cat nap. However, according to her owner, Erika, she gets up at 11 p.m. sharp every night and that’s when she’s wildly energetic + wants to play.

Ollie (aka Booba), undergoing an identity crisis — Property of Laina

brown and white cat ollie

(Photo credits : Laina Terry)

This one had us all laughing – meet Ollie, or should we say, Booba. “He barely responds to his name and mostly responds to ‘Booba’,” shared his owner, Laina. “… Whoops !”

Gardenia Addicted to Nacho Cheese Doritos — Property of Amanda

gardenia brown cat

(Photo credits : Amanda Vitale)

Gardenia, like many of us, has a bit of a Nacho Cheese Doritos addiction. Oh, and she howls like a dog, according to her parent, Amanda.

Ava, needs no introduction — Property of Amelia

ava black cat

(Photo credits : Amelia ‘Missy’ Titus)

With such a handsome and hilarious face, we don’t need to say much more. Her owner, Amelia, cited Ava’s tendency to always “go crazy”.

Justice, Will Wake You Chewing Your Hair — Property of Christiana

justice brown striped cat

(Photo credits : Christiana Natale)

This kitty, Justice, is beautifully harnessed, but her funniest quirk is that she loves chewing on her mom, Christiana,’s hair in the morning. It is certainly an effective alarm clock.

Arty, will mistake your head for a pillow – Property of Colleen

arty white brown cat

(Photo credits : Colleen Christi Willet)

Arty may be cute, but he still has a hard time learning what a pillow is. “His favorite place to sleep is on your head,” said owner Colleen. “He also has full conversations with humans at all times of the day.”

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Cookie, tastes like + will open Trader Joe’s Olive Oil – Property of Winni

cookie brown striped cat

(Photo credits : Winni Wei)

Cookie is a lively cat – and he puts his intelligence to his odd advantage. “He can open Trader Joe’s bottle of olive oil on the kitchen counter, then lick the oil off!” its owner, Winni, said H.G..

Holly, a master of disguise – Possessed by Liz

cat halloween costumes

(Photo credits : Liz Romano)

Holly, a rescue cat, is obsessed with dressing up in adorable costumes. Her owner, Liz, also told us she learned to fist pump in exchange for treats.

Heathcliff, probably raiding the fridge – Property of Lana + Andy

anti-cat refrigerator

(Photo credits : Lana Rose)

Heathcliff is a silly, cuddly boy who is a big fan of the fridge. His owners, Lana + Andy, said he learned most of his begging for food from his new brother, Theo. Which brings us to…

Theo, Screams When Hungry + Has Interesting Sleep Preferences – Property of Lana + Andy

orange cat hugging sofa

(Photo credits : Lana Rose)

Theo is Heathcliff’s mischievous brother. “Theo monstrously yells at us when he wants dinner and constantly asks for food!” said Theo’s owners. “He taught Heathcliff how to meow loudly and beg.” Theo is also a fan of grabbing the couch for life while dozing off.

Nelly, thinks she’s an egg – Property of Lauren

cat egg carton

(Photo credits : lauren bittle)

Nelly loves egg cartons, walking outside, doing yoga or taking naps in the sun. “To show her love, she butts!” its owner, Lauren, said. “She’s super soft and very dog-like and snuggles up to me every night.” She even has a instagram.

Squirrel, obsessed with Rutgers – Possessed by Alex

half orange half black cat

(Photo credits : Alex Michelle)

This multicolored beauty is called Squirrel and just celebrated her birthday. “She loves walking around in her backpack, eating treats in Elysian Park and is a huge Rutgers fan,” owner Alex said.

Henry, may be an undercover human – Possessed by Jennifer

cat sitting on its back

(Photo credits : Jennifer Geoghan)

Henry is one of 3, and he and his siblings all look like dogs. “They all follow me everywhere, are super friendly, LOVE cuddles and pets and get along great with other cats/dogs!” Jennifer, Henry’s landlady, told us. Henry also has human qualities, especially the way he lounges on his back like a person.

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Princess Lilly, The Gossip Girl – Property of Meredith


(Photo credits : Meredith Gray)

Lilly has yet to meet anyone she doesn’t like. She loves carrying her babies (stuffed animals) at 2am, meowing as loud as she can – but Lilly’s landlady told us of a funnier quirk: “She also likes to gossip + always comes in the room when she hears my roommates and I gossiping about everything.”

Jeffica Simpson, likes to bite chins — Property of Molly

effica simpson

(Photo credits : Molly Mehan)

Jeffica Simpson is a 2 year old cutie who is incredibly sweet and goes by Jeff. As for his fun traits, Jeff’s owner shared with H.G. that “she gently bites my chin when she’s sleepy”.

Fitness Enthusiast Chandler + Joey Loves to Jump — Property of Melissa

Chandler Joey

(Photo credit: Melissa Cooper)

Chandler (Tuxedo Cat) and Joey (Tabby Cat) are two cats who clearly like to cuddle up. Their owner, Melissa, shared a fun fact about each of her cats: “Chandler can often be found weighing himself on my scale and he’s definitely ruined my Fitbit app, and Joey likes to throw himself all 17 pounds on my sleeping body every morning. to wake me up.”

Waffle, Chases Ice Cubes – Property of Julia + Kyle


(Photo credit: Julia Molloy)

Waffle is an adorable kitty who has two funny traits: “He loves chasing ice cubes around the apartment and stealing my work chair every time I get up,” said owner Julia. H.G..

Bentley, a budding yogi — Property of Lauren


(Photo credit: Lauren Michelle)

Bentley’s interests are pretty self-explanatory — “He likes the happy baby yoga pose,” owner Lauren tells us.

Leonardo DiCatprio, Always Pick Fights – Property of Amy

leonard dicatprio

(Photo credit: Amy Lin)

Leonardo DiCatprio’s owner explains it all: “He’s a sleepy boy and he generally likes to eat, sleep like a croissant and beat his sister when she gets too fiery,” Amy said.

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