No one can ever be 100% certain why cats do what they do, but some theories make a lot more sense than this next story. Cats enjoy leaving dead mice and other miscellaneous rodents on the doorstep for their humans to find, and some cats even bring their kills inside for their humans to admire. Does it mean that cats think we’re bad hunters? Are the dead animals tributes of some sort? In the case of Baloo the cat, the tributes had one thing in common: they were all still alive.
Ben would wake up to mice, birds, and other “presents” that would land on his face and chest where Baloo would drop them and meow.
As you might expect, finding a live mouse scurrying under the blankets you’re trying to sleep in is a terrible way to wake up. He eventually became angry as Baloo was a very good hunter. He begged her to stop.
And then one day, she decided to bring him something different: a leaf.
Sometimes, the leaves were big. Sometimes, they were attached to sticks. The best thing about these gifts? They weren’t alive.
She continued her good works as he thanked her by giving her ear scratches and rubs in the mornings. As long as the adorable kitty no longer brings in live birds and rodents, he will treasure the gifts of leaves!