Maureen Francis shared her Fish Tank Toilet with us and it got me thinking about some of the unusual and bizaare items I've come across while showing property.
I seem to have found a relatively gross item I keep running across in homes. Taxidermied cats.
As in household pet, here kitty kitty, type cats. I don't get it. It's creepy. I was showing a condominium in an exclusive community and the showing instructions were "don't let the cat out". I warned my buyers on the way in not to let the cat out. About ten minutes later Mrs. Buyer is about to pet the "cat" curled up on the sofa. Guess what.....yeah, stuffed and mounted, dead for years. I grabbed her hand and said, "Don't touch it, it's not the cat you're looking for." She about passed out. I think I've seen three or four of the stuffed cats since. When the agent called for showing feedback I suggested they put the dead cat in a drawer or something.
I don't have a cat. I have a dog. I love my dog. I love him so much I am going to bury him when he dies. I'm not going to have him stuffed and staring at me 24/7.
As "luck" would have it, last week I was on the treadmill at the gym and the man beside me was a taxidermist. I had to ask about the cats. He has done a few and said he just got his worse order ever. The owner of the recently deceased cat wanted it made into a little area rug, like a bear skin rug...with a head propped up and it's teeth showing in a snarl and it's little body as the rug. I was speachless. And guess what? It's probably coming to a listing near me!
I'd love to hear the war stories, if you have them. Photos are welcome too.