Why does my cat bring me her toy?

  • A few times every week, I have noticed that one of my cats would bring me her stuffed mouse-shaped toy with catnip inside it.

    The living room with all the toys is downstairs, in contrast to where I am working on my computer - upstairs. I always have the door to my room open, so whenever this happens, my cat meows, which naturally is rare of her to do in other occasions, and when I turn around, she would stand there with one of the two mouse toys, that contain some catnip, in her mouth.

    She doesn't do that with any other toys, even though some of these other toys are also filled with catnip. Therefore, I'm coming to a conclusion that catnip is not the reason, but it is the shape of the toy instead. I have had these two cats since they were small, therefore I am almost certain that they have not seen a mouse in our house or anything of the sort.

    I became curious, as I have already heard a few stories from my friends about their cats bringing their dead prey (such as moths or real mice) to their owners.

    So the question is, what could be one of the reasons my cat brings me the toy as if it was her dead prey?

    My female cat brings me her stuffed animals every night. She has about 10 of them and will inform me with a high pitch meow. She puts them in bed with me just about every night. If not in bed then on the floor. Sometimes she will line them up by my pillow. She usually sleeps in bed with my husband and I. She is 16 years old.

  • Dalton

    Dalton Correct answer

    5 years ago

    I saw a documentary that says cats will bring 'prey' (this included dead plant particulate as well as animals in the show) to their owners, because they believed they were bringing sustenance to the pack when they might not be able to obtain it themselves. So your cat probably thinks you're a bad hunter and she's trying to keep you alive. The things she has to do for you. :))

    My cat does a similar behavior with his little ball toys with the bells in them. He'll pick them up by biting through the slots and then he'll walk around the house yowling. He doesn't do it often, but in his case, he's asking someone to take it and throw it for him to chase. He likes to hide around a corner and have someone roll it in from the other room so that he can pounce and swat it. He'll knock it around for a while, then bring it back to your general vicinity and drop it for you to throw again. It could be that your cat wants you to play with her.

    Oh yeah. I forgot to mention, when I thought she wanted me to throw the mouse toy (that was during the first few times she's done it) I did it and it resulted with her looking at me with confusion. I'm just curious why out of all these toys that she and her sister cat has, it's always the only two mouse toys. But yes, overall just like you, my cat likes me to throw other toys up in the air for her to catch.

    Maybe just throwing it isn't enough excitement for her. Try knocking it around a few times or toss it from hand to hand to get her worked up. Typically prey doesn't just shoot quickly from one place to another. There is twitching involved. Sometimes I have to get mine worked up a little or, like yours, he'll just sit there and stare at me like I threw it wrong. An additional thing to try is to see if you can get a little kids fishing pole from a pawn shop. They're about 2' long. Tie the mouse to the string and cast it out, bouncing and popping it as you real it in.

    At least it's a sign that the cat cares for you. And yes, some cats do like to play 'fetch'. I've had more than one in the house.

    Just be glad it's just a toy and not squirrel entrails. I speak from experience.

    My last cat used to bring me real dead (or nearly dead) mice, in the middle of the night, while I was asleep. I gather she was doing me a favour. So be glad it's just toys.

    Or perhaps she wants to teach you how to catch your own food - since your obvious not able to do it yourself? Starting with a dead mouse - or in this case a "dead" mouse-analog - is how cats teach their young... later they bring live prey to their kittens.

    One of my cats brings toys near my chair, usually quietly. In our former house, when I went upstairs to watch TV in evenings, he would cry apparently because I wasn't in my usual chair to receive tribute!

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