Oscar loves sunny days. When the sun is shining, Oscar can be found in the sun spot, napping or just relaxing and enjoying the warmth. On sunny days, Oscar is calm, content, and predictable. I always know where to find him, and he doesn’t move around much unless he’s looking for food or needs to go outside.
Since Oscar loves the sun so much, he hates cloudy days. On days when Oscar can’t find his beloved sun spot, he starts out grumpy and then turns mischievous. He never knows where to settle when it’s cloudy, so he spends most of his time wandering around the house. I call his cloudy day wandering “noodling” since he is never destructive but follows his curiosity around and gently roots on things, occasionally rearranging them.
Oscar’s favorite place to noodle on cloudy days is our closet. Oscar has always loved rooting on shoes, and the closet provides plenty of opportunities. When he’s finished rooting on the shoes, he moves on to my sock and hat bins and roots around in them. Since he isn’t destructive, the only sign that Oscar has been noodling in the closet are the rearranged shoes, no longer with their matching pair, and the socks and hats spilled out of their bins onto the floor. When he’s finished in the closet, he usually noodles around the house until he makes it to the entryway where he has more shoes to rearrange.
We’ve been fortunate in that Oscar hasn’t ever been destructive up to this point, so he doesn’t get into too much trouble while he’s noodling. However, he still requires more of my attention on cloudy days. When he was younger, he tried to chew on power cords a few times and once nearly ate a grass burr from our yard that was stuck to one of our rugs. So, although I don’t worry yet about him destroying things, I keep a close eye on him when he’s noodling for his own safety.
Once I figured out that Oscar is always restless on cloudy days, I learned to plan for them. If I know it’s going to be cloudy, I plan more training time for that day or more outdoor time where he can root around safely. Or, I just let him noodle around the house and block off more time where I can hang out in the closet with him and watch while he roots around to make sure he’s safe.
Although Oscar requires more time and attention on cloudy days, it’s nice sometimes to have a reason to stop and just play and hang out with him. His noodling is a part of his personality I really enjoy, and it’s fun watching him follow his curiosity and discover new things he doesn’t notice on sunny days.