What ex­actly do these gifts from our cats mean?

Animal Scene - - FUR THE WIN -

Now that Christ­mas is just around the cor­ner, I believe it’s the perfect time to try to de­ci­pher what all these gifts and of­fer­ings mean!

Many cat ex­perts say do­mes­ti­cated fe­lines, just like their wilder coun­ter­parts, of­ten bring back prey to their fam­i­lies. But that doesn’t ex­plain why we re­ceive strings, crum­pled pa­per, and other pre­sents that have zero nutri­tion value!

That’s why for a good mea­sure of fun, a few hoomans take a shot at ex­plain­ing the gifts they re­ceive from their fur-ba­bies.

“They think I’m hun­gry so they give me rats to eat”

Per­haps cats as­sume hu­mans don’t eat much – at least, that’s what Zhel En­riquez thinks after re­ceiv­ing mul­ti­ple gifts from Youmi.

“[To Youmi, I al­ways look hun­gry so she catches rats for me. After all, Youmi eats a lot – maybe she wants to make her­self use­ful. By giv­ing me food, she is sort of en­sur­ing I give him cat food, too!”

“The roach isn’t the gift; the roach-hunt­ing les­son is”

Coco, a beau­ti­ful black cat fos­tered by Ria Ilano, loves to give cock­roaches as gifts. Ria thinks it’s be­cause of her lack­lus­ter hunt­ing skills.

“Coco offers the ipis (cock­roach) to say, ‘Hu­man, look, I need to teach you how to hunt and kill be­cause you are such a scaredy-cat when it comes to roaches!’”

De­spite be­ing shy, Coco is sweet and friendly, thus the gen­er­ous of­fer to give

hunt­ing lessons to any­one will­ing to learn. If you find his gift adorable, get in touch and find out how you can adopt Coco! He’s still look­ing for his for­ever home.

“She brings big­ger an­i­mals each time – she thinks I scream be­cause the pre­vi­ous gifts are too small”

Twinky, nick­named Ama­zona by peo­ple who know her, is a ge­nius when it comes to catch­ing rats, bats, and even chick­ens. Her hooman, Docker Docks, be­lieves she’s grad­u­at­ing to big­ger an­i­mals in an at­tempt to com­pen­sate for pre­vi­ous fail­ures.

“I think she gave me rat be­cause [when] she gave me a frog, I screamed my wits out. Maybe she thought [I wasn’t] happy. Ac­tu­ally, each time [I scream, I think] she tries to bring a larger present.”

Docker knows bet­ter now, try­ing not to re­act at all when­ever Twinky brings home half-dead things.

“She gives me dif­fer­ent small an­i­mals to eat as a way of pro­vid­ing di­ver­sity in fla­vor”

Ribs, a seven-year-old fe­male fe­line, gives Marielle Baluyot ran­dom crea­tures: lizards, house spi­ders, grasshop­pers, and even baby bats! As to why, Marielle has a theory.

“I think Ribs gives me these kinds of pre­sents to boast – to ac­knowl­edge her hunt­ing skills – or to give them [to me] as food. Maybe she was ex­pect­ing me to eat them, [but I try to ei­ther heal or bury them]. Maybe she’s think­ing, ‘My hu­man doesn’t like the taste. I should go hunt some­thing else!’”

“Some cats re­cy­cle gifts they re­ceive to show how much they love us”

Claire, the ma­tri­arch of Ava Marie Lor­raine Cruz’s chow­der, loves to catch big and juicy rats. How­ever, she some­times “lends” Ki­wee what­ever she catches.

“[Ki­wee is clumsy and can’t hunt prop­erly. Grandma Claire once loaned him a dead rat so that Ki­wee could pre­tend he caught it,” Ava says. And re­ally, isn’t de­cid­ing to give to some­one else a great gift you re­ceive noth­ing short of a self­less ex­pres­sion of love?

“He gives me spi­ders be­cause of their al­leged medic­i­nal value”

Celebrity cat Pinky once gave his hooman, Joane Chris­tine Ma­si­clat, a gi­nor­mous spi­der when she was sick in bed. Could it be be­cause Pinky thought spi­ders had medic­i­nal value?

“I was sick at that time and [wasn’t eat­ing much]. Maybe he gave the spi­der for me to eat?” Joane sur­mised.

Then again, maybe it was meant to be her medicine.

“He wants to con­trol my shop­ping ad­dic­tion by of­fer­ing me crum­pled re­ceipts”

Punky, one of the kit­tens of a preg­nant Si­amese who was res­cued after be­ing aban­doned, knows that his me­owmy is a shopa­holic. To help her over­come her ad­dic­tion, he re­minds her of the many things she pur­chased by of­fer­ing the crum­pled re­ceipts she al­ready threw out.

“Most of the re­ceipts Punky would give me were re­cent ones of things I spent on that day. In the first place, I threw them away be­cause my mom would scold me about my pur­chases: ‘You bought a new blouse again?!?’ Be­cause she doesn’t check the trash, Punky would re­trieve the dis­carded re­ceipts and give them as gifts to my mom!” ex­plains Kryn­dall Gar­cia, Punky’s me­owmy. Bravo, Punky, bravo. Don’t mind your purrent’s com­plaints – your whistle­blow­ing is def­i­nitely a gift to her, whether she ad­mits it or not.

“She offers me my own pen in an at­tempt to write to Santa and beg for more gifts”

Fi­garo likes to fetch, so he’s likely to give his hooman, Ves Pe­draja, stuff she throws in the ham­per. Once in a while, how­ever, he digs in her bag for a pen.

“[Maybe] he wants me to stop be­ing so messy. [Maybe there’s some­thing he wants me to write down. Per­haps he wants to send Santa a let­ter?” says Ves.

“She catches in­sects as a form of pest con­trol”

Yui loves giv­ing her hooman dead in­sects. She wants to do it as dis­creetly as pos­si­ble, which is why she catches roaches while her hu­man is in the shower.

“I like that Yui serves as a nat­u­ral pest con­trol for my condo unit. I think it’s her way of telling me, ‘Me­owmy, look! This is my con­tri­bu­tion to the house­hold!’” ex­plains Donna Col-long.

“He gives me his half-eaten prey be­cause he loves to share”

Yekkers, one of the four fe­lines who have cap­tured the heart of Glady Ros­ales, loves to share his snack. Shar­ing is, after all, car­ing.

“Maybe [Yekkers] thinks I’d ap­pre­ci­ate a snack. Iron­i­cally, Yekkers is a picky eater when it comes to reg­u­lar meals. But he has ex­otic taste for his snacks.”

Glady al­ways makes sure Yekkers’ ef­forts don’t go unap­pre­ci­ated. “I po­litely refuse and throw out the cock­roach car­cass when he’s not look­ing.”

“What makes her gifts spe­cial is the

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