When your kids are bringing you toys and asking you to play with them, it seems natural to you, but when a cat does that, it makes you wonder why.
Some people think there’s no accurate answer to the question “Why does my cat bring me toys?” while others simply don’t bother even thinking about why they do it.
However, if you are wondering why cats bring toys to their owners, you’ve come to the right place and we will look into answering that question below!
Why Does My Cat Bring Me Presents?
The specific behavior of the cat may have different motives behind it, which one can better by the type of items their cat brings them.
It is also worth noting that a cat bringing you toys is something that can happen both out of habit and out of instinct.
So, let’s see first why your cat brings you toys.
Why Does My Cat Bring Me Toys?
In the case of toys, you need to understand how cats perceive toys. To them, toys are not simply objects they play with.
Instead, cats see toys more as hunting trophies that they catch and bring to you as a gift to show you their appreciation.
And if it’s not because they adore you, they are doing so because they want you to play with them and they are using toys as a way to ask for that and draw your attention to them.
Yet, no matter what the reason is, if your cat keeps bringing you presents that are toys, then consider yourself a lucky owner as there are many people whose cats bring them dead birds or rodents!
Why Does My Cat Bring Me Dead Animals?
As we have already mentioned, if your cat brings you toys, she either wants you to play with her or it’s a way of hers to show her appreciation for you.
However, when she brings you dead animals like little birds or mice, that is more of an instinctual outcome rather than a habit it has grown.
Cats are hunting species by nature and are naturally drawn to fast-moving objects. Whenever a cat catches a small animal or insect moving in her sight, it will likely attract its attention. It will then probably chase it and jump on it with the intention of catching it and killing it.
Even so, each cat's hunting ability varies according to its individual skills and experience, so when a cat has successfully cornered its prey, it can play with it, eat all of it, or just a part of it.
Several cats will even end up leaving their food in a favorite corner in the house while others hold the dead prey in their mouths until their guardian comes to check on them. But why do they offer their prey as present to their owners?
Cats that grow their kittens carry their prey back to their little ones to train them in hunting, and some cats have similar tendencies and do the same with their guardians.
Usually, the guardian tries to move the dead animal away from the cat and may thereby inadvertently reinforce the cat's behavior.
If, for example, the cat is holding a dead bird and the owner offers it a treat to get it to throw the dead animal away, then the cat may take this as a reward and bring more and more dead animals in the future.
How Do You Stop Your Cat From Bringing You Dead Animals As A Gift?
There are many things you can do with the obvious one being to not let your cat roam unsupervised outside your house.
If your cat has constant access to outdoor spaces, it is very likely that it will hunt and kill small game. Therefore, the best thing you can do is try indoor games and activities to keep your cat busy.
However, cats can be too stubborn to stay in the house and torture you until you let them out. In that case, you can take your cat for a stroll but keep her on a leash and supervise her during the walk to make sure she doesn’t sneakily catch any animals.
Why Is My Cat Carrying Toys Around?
Sometimes, your cat might not be bringing you toys but simply carrying them around in the house from one room or corner to another.
This is an instinctual behavior, as there are two occasions in which cats are carrying things around a place: one is during a hunt and the other one is when they are moving their little ones from one place to another.
When they are not domesticated, stray cats catch their prey and then they either take it back to their safe zone to eat it or find a temporary place to hide it.
Domesticated cats’ instincts resurface and because they have no kittens to move around and no dead animals to catch when they live inside your house, they carry their toys around.
Why Is My Cat Carrying A Toy And Meowing?
This type of play teaches your cat to show off its treasures through meowing and other noises and provides your cat with mental and physical stimulation.
Play is a huge part of why your cat keeps meowing with its treasures but another reason why it does make its distinctive sound is that it wants you to pay attention to her and see that they are carrying a toy.
Of course, the next thing they want you to do is to play with them and their toy, and this is where you usually start hoping that what it is carrying around is indeed a toy and not another dead little animal.
The Bottom Line
If you have a cat that is playful and likes to bring you toys all day long, consider yourself lucky. Cats bring toys because they want your company, and they want to show their love for you.
Even when that toy turns out to be a dead mouse, it is still brought to you as a symbol of love and a way for them to show how much they care.
So, take it, say thank you, and give her a good scratch on the belly!
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