Last Updated on February 16, 2023 by Pets Feed
Baloo the cat adores his dear daddy, Ben, but Ben doesn’t appreciate his cat bringing him living gifts. That’s why Baloo hunts a leaf every morning for him. As a sign of appreciation, the sweet kitty had taken to catching critters in the garden and surprised Ben with them in the morning as he lay in bed. Baloo mostly brought small mice, but sometimes small birds.
She seemed to know how to catch them and bring them very carefully to her father; but never hurt them.
Ben told The Dodo:
“I would wake up with her on my chest with something in her mouth which she would then drop on my face or chest and then meow. I don’t know if she was expecting that I think it was a breakfast or just a gift.”
Because Baloo’s “gifts” were still very much alive, Ben had to catch them and then release them outside. Seeing how Ben didn’t seem to appreciate his hard-earned gifts, Baloo was puzzled.
“She always looked so confused and sad, which made me feel bad.”
But Baloo eventually realized that barnyard animals might not be what his human wanted. So instead of giving up the hunt for Ben altogether, she just changed the type of gift she was giving.
If he doesn’t like mice and birds, maybe a leaf would be more to his liking? And indeed, that was it.
A cat grabs a leaf every day and brings it to its human father
“It took me a few months of refusing her gifts for her to start bringing me leaves. They were always big, beautiful leaves. It was a great relief for the live mice every morning when I showed my gratitude by picking up the sheet and playing with it while it sat on my chest.”
Baloo had received the message. Every morning, she would find a perfect sheet and bring it to Ben:
“She knew she was doing something now.”
Sometimes, instead of a leaf, Baloo surprises Ben in the morning with a twig, just for a change.
Baloo’s change of heart was much appreciated by Ben, and no doubt by all the little barnyard creatures he used to hunt.
These days, Baloo has found lazier ways to show his love for Ben. They recently moved, and now instead of giving gifts of flora or fauna, he expresses his gratitude through lots of hugs. And for Ben, that’s more than okay.
“She comforts me when I’m feeling down. She’s not a knee cat by any means, but when I’m angry or nervous she jumps on me, pushes me to lay down, then sits on my purring madly and rubbing my face with his nose. She’s a very affectionate cat.”
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