Baloo the cat loves her owner Ben so much, that she brings him a present every day.
To show her appreciation, the sweet kitty catches critters in their backyard and surprises Ben with them every morning! Most of the time, Baloo brings him little mice, and sometimes small birds.
The cat really knows how to catch and carry them gently because her prey is never injured.
“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 said. “I don’t know if she expected me to think it was breakfast or that it was simply a gift.”
Baloo’s “gifts” were always still alive, Ben would then be forced to catch them, and release them back outside.
Baloo was perplexed as to why Ben was so unappreciative.
“She always looked so confused and sad, which made me feel pretty bad,” Ben said.
Baloo finally came to the realization that animals from the backyard were not good gifts for Ben. That’s when Baloo gave up hunting for live animals and began bringing Ben a different type of gift. Now, Baloo brings Ben a leaf every morning!
“It took a couple of months of me rejecting her gifts for her to start bringing me leaves. They were always big, nice looking leaves,” Ben said. “It was such a relief from the live mice every morning that I would show my gratitude by taking the leaf and playing with it while she sat on my chest.”
Every morning the cat would then find a perfect leaf and bring in to Ben: “She knew she was doing something right now.”
Sometimes, Baloo would surprise Ben in the morning with a twig, just to mix it up.
Ben appreciated Baloo’s change of heart and no doubt, all the little creatures in the backyard whom she used to hunt.
“It warms my heart thinking about her on a little mission each morning to find a gift for her human,” Ben said.
Baloo seems to have decided it was time to put her prowling ways behind her.
Now, instead, she expresses her appreciation through plenty of snuggles.
“She will comfort me when I’m feeling down,” Ben said. “She’s not a lap cat by any means, but when I’m upset or nervous she will hop up onto me, push me back so I lay down and then she’ll just sit on my chest purring like mad and nuzzling my face with her nose. She’s a very loving cat.”
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