Why does your cat bring you dead creatures?

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Hey all,

Just wanted to share with you some story.
When I was a child, we used to spend summer in a village. There was a very brave cat, curly haired Devon Rex if I'm not mistaken, with an amazingly active temperament. His owners didn't give him much food thinking, apparently, that in the village he can find enough food himself. But we couldn't face a cat left on his own so we fed him from time to time. That lasted for approximately several weeks, till once... once we found him playing with a HUGE dead rat at our door!! I was about 11 years old, and this left a great impression in my mind! Apparently, this was a way he showed his great appreciation for taking care of him and feeding him.
We also used to feed other rustic cats, and we kept finding dead mice around the house occasionally! It was nice to see the gratitude and devotion of the cats; the only unpleasant thing about that all was that we had to remove the dead creatures from the yard.

Barsik never brought us even a little mouse, hehe.

I got interested in the topic and found these explanations of such behaviour in cats.

- This is a present, in appreciation for you feeding it or as a sign of affection.
- Your cat realizes that you are a totally unskilful mouser, and is trying to educate you this way.
- The cat is bringing her prey home to eat it in safe.
- The cat is just trying to provide you with some fresh food.

Have you ever had any experience like that?
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Anonymous:
Hey there,

Yes I did have some. I live in a village and have some rustic cats coming and going. Since I love the feline, I cannot help petting and feeding them. Often they bring me little mouses. Sad it is but they also sometimes bring me little sparrows. Emotion: sad But it is a rare case... generally it's so great to see their gratitude!

Troy
All my cats have been doing this, some more than others Emotion: smile Our forest cats were the worst, they would proudly bring in dead animals several times a week. I grew up in a smaller city (about 50k people) with lots of big back yards and undeveloped zones, so the cats had plenty of "wildlife" to hunt. I've even had the "pleasure" of waking up with a mangled little mouse and a happy, purring cat in my bed. Finding the kitchen covered in bird feathers wasn't fun either, but our cat was just sitting there in the middle of the kitchen, one paw on a mutilated bird, sans head, fully expecting praise for her superior hunting skills. Emotion: big smile

I think you're spot on with the reasons why they do it. Most house cats are well fed and prefer their cat food over actually eating their prey, so when they bring it home it's either as a present, to show off or as a toy for later use - often a combination Emotion: smile
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I believe that is why you once mentioned that Norwegian Forest cats do need an outdoor life. Hehe they are great hunters indeed!
veanovaMost house cats are well fed and prefer their cat food over actually eating their prey
Sometimes house cats are even afraid of any rodents and alike little creatures! I once heard a story about a Persian that peed when he had saw a mouse... well maybe that's because Persians are not hunters. Emotion: smile
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Anonymous:
Hey, we take our PErsian to countryside everysummer and let him out roaming at the backyard. He has never brought us any "prey"... maybe there is no hunting streak in Persians' nature? He only watches everything that's oing on around.Anyway, we love him very much and are not upset at all that he doesn't hunt.
Elwing- Your cat realizes that you are a totally unskilful mouser, and is trying to educate you this way.
I wonder if the cat gets upset when it sees you don't acquire this hunting habit and skills... Emotion: big smile
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Haha yes the thought has crossed my mind. I think they give up after a while and accept the fact that we are inferior creatures with blunt teeth and poor eyesight Emotion: smile
ElwingI believe that is why you once mentioned that Norwegian Forest cats do need an outdoor life. Hehe they are great hunters indeed!
Hehe, exactly.. it's the price we pay to keep superior hunters as house pets Emotion: smile If I wanted something less deadly I'd get a hamster, hehe!
Please don't do it now, though. I'd be afraid of his (the hamster's) safety... hehe Emotion: wink
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