The natural instinct to hunt remains intact in cats despite being domesticated, which is why many owners are treated to a grisly surprise every now and then. Cat owner Ben found himself becoming the regular recipient of unwelcome living gifts, but his reaction actually swayed his pet to rethink her choice of offerings.
It’s thought that domesticated cats bring their humans dead animals because they think of our species as unprofessional hunters. Ben’s cat Baloo clearly thought he needed a helping hand and would regularly bring him mice and small birds, but she never injured her prey, which added further complications for her owner.
“I’d wake up to her on my chest with something in her mouth which she would then drop on my face or chest, and then meow,” Ben told The Dodo. “I don’t know if she expected me to think it was for breakfast or that it was simply a gift.”
Naturally, Ben was repulsed to be greeted by these living critters every morning and his lack of appreciation became evident to Baloo. “She always looked so confused and sad, which made me feel pretty bad,” Ben explained. However, Baloo eventually idealized the notion that maybe living prey was not an area of interest for her owner.
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