Our cat Luna loves to give us “presents” all summer long. It’s like Christmas in July…only these are not really presents that I want.
I do appreciate the thought that goes into these gifts, but I’d actually prefer just a little snuggle from them now and then. I still have less than fond memories of the the time last year that I was leaving town on an early flight so I had to get up at 5:30 am. At 4:30 am, Miss Luna jumped on the bed and off the bed, on the bed and off the bed. Now this is not normal for her…usually she walks by your head and purrs loudly and kneads the blankets. I knew something was up. Sure enough, she had left me a dead mouse on the floor at the end of the bed. Who needs an alarm clock when your cat wakes you up early to give you a goodbye gift?
Another time she brought me a dead chipmunk, but she brought that gift up while I wasn’t home, and had it waiting for me on the floor next to the bed for bedtime. How considerate. A bedtime treat! You can only imagine my reaction to that.
Her daytime gift offerings are usually alive. I think perhaps she would like her own pet, because twice last summer she brought birds in and simply let them go. Let me tell you how much fun it is to catch birds in the house. Not very! There was one day that we were working outside last summer, and my husband noticed one of our 4 cats swatting at the basement window. He went over to take a closer look and discovered that there was a bird trying to get out. I had to grab the cat while he opened the window and let the bird out. That one was fairly easy. The bird escaped, and hopefully flew far, far away.
The next one was in our living room / dining room area. We thought the bird was wounded because there was a mess of what we thought was blood on the wood floor in the living room. The bird was flying around bumping into walls, and Luna was quite enjoying the show. Actually a couple of our cats were watching all of this. Is this like television for cats? A way to amuse themselves and friends? The poor bird flew into the wall, and fell on the ground behind some picture frames that needed to be hung. We started pulling out the frames to rescue the bird and in addition to the bird we found a mouse cowering there. Who does this happen to?! Let me just say that we got these cats because few winters ago we had a mouse problem. Then we went for a really long time without any evidence of mice (we caught a couple in traps) and the cats caught a few too. But honestly when I saw this mouse cowering next to the stunned bird, I began to wonder if they weren’t bringing these little friends in. I don’t think I have ever screamed so loud in my life. My poor husband caught the mouse and the bird, and released them outside, hopefully never to be seen again. What we thought was blood? The bird must have been eating berries. He had pooped all over our wood floor. He wasn’t harmed in any way.
We also had a chipmunk visitor. I’d love to know how that thing got in, but given Luna’s track record, I’m guessing it was her. I doubt the thing followed the dogs in through the electronic dog door. The cats, however, have a cat door in from the garage, and then another one in from the basement. Again, this must have been quite the entertainment for our pets as I chased the poor thing (screaming) into a bathroom and shut the door, and waited for my husband to come home and deal with it. He put up a piece of wood leading to the window, another down the other side of the window, and took the screen off. I am sure the chipmunk was thrilled to head back to the great outdoors after spending time locked in our bathroom.
Shhhh…please don’t tell Luna I have a birthday coming up! I am hoping for a gift-free summer this year!
Does your cat give YOU presents?