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post #1 of 14
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Bella and Cinders have lots of toys but their favourites are their 3 mice. Cinders likes to bring one of the mice to me and meowing whilst she is bringing it to me as if to say "Look Mummy, I've got you a present!"

Recently, I've been woken up in the middle of the night by Cinders meowing as she brings me a mouse or I have just woken up to find 1-3 mice on the bed. I think this is all very cute but it suddenly occurred to me this morning that Cinders might not be bringing me her toys as presents but presenting me with her "kills"

It's fine whilst they are just toy mice but I'm now worried about when they eventually find a real one and deposit on the bed!!! Do I need to be worried about this?
post #2 of 14
If you are planning on keeping Bella and Cinders as indoor/outdoor cats, you will be receiving real prey gifts! It's just the way it goes, I'm afraid!

You certainly don't need to be worried, just have a strong enough stomach to dispose of the prey!
post #3 of 14
Our new cat Lucy has this addiction to toy mice as well.

She'll focus on one mouse until it's too beat up to play with - she'll ignore all the other toys.

Here's a before & after photo:



Needless to say, we don't have any real mice in our house.
post #4 of 14
Mine all do that, both real and toy mice, lizards, voles, birds and even a snake. They are complimenting you on being part of their cat 'family' and are bringing home food to share.

You may be able to teach them to play 'fetch' when they bring you a toy (not real LOL yuck) mice. When they drop a mouse at your feet pick it up, dangle it and throw it a few feet. If the cat picks up on the game, she will run and get it and bring it back. You can increase the distance and difficulty gradually. My Persil particularly loves this game and will rush across the room, even jumping on a chair or diving behind a plant to retrieve the toy and then she brings it back in triumph and waits for it to be thrown again. The longest I have kept her interest with this is an hour!
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by jennyranson
Mine all do that, both real and toy mice, lizards, voles, birds and even a snake. They are complimenting you on being part of their cat 'family' and are bringing home food to share.
OK, Cinders has got me completely then. She's the shy one that tends to run away and doesn't like to be petted (unless it is on her terms), yet she's the one that's bringing me presents!!

The girls are going to be indoor cats but I will let them play in the garden under supervision once they have been spayed. I daren't let them be outdoor cats - too many cats on the developement have been torn apart by the dogs owned by the gypsies who live nearby
post #6 of 14
Could be that she is the alpha cat and is mothering you!
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by gsmetal
Our new cat Lucy has this addiction to toy mice as well.

She'll focus on one mouse until it's too beat up to play with - she'll ignore all the other toys.

Here's a before & after photo:
OMG!!! That's too funny for words!! My friend Steph has two cats and they do the same thing to their toy mice. She comes home frequently to find bits of stuffing all over the hall so she calls me and says "There's been another murder...."
post #8 of 14
Our 'donor' cat not only brings the (toy, fur) mice to us when she wants something (I think she wants something because she meows when she does it) but also will talk to the mice for a while before bringing them in... kind of a strange little voice. I used to think her mice were like 'dolls', rather than prey, because she doesn't act like they're prey in any sense, and I thought they were like security blankets, or just presents, but who knows?!
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by gsmetal
Our new cat Lucy has this addiction to toy mice as well.

She'll focus on one mouse until it's too beat up to play with - she'll ignore all the other toys.

Here's a before & after photo:



Needless to say, we don't have any real mice in our house.

LOL Nana does the exact same thing!!! I've been wondering while she's only a female she's so VIOLENT what would it happen if i get a male?

i bought her a toy mouse that's attached to a spring and a basebord..from dollarshop..it's a pretty small one..
after one day..the mouse is detached from the spring
after one week, the mouse is too beat up and u see cottom poling out everywhere so i had to throw it away!!
post #10 of 14
yeah..u probably won't have problem with mouse..cuz they simply would avoid ur house cuz u have cats.

i remember reading from someone says becuz they have a cat (indoor/outdoor), the whole block doens't get any mice. they r simply just too afraid to come anywhere near.

i think u have to worry a bit more about insects...like spiders and stuff...

i've not seen any insects nor spiders after i have nana...we used to have A LOT cuz i live in basement...i dunno what happened to those..i'm definite that she'll kill them..but after killing i dunno if she eats them or what....i don't dare to think
post #11 of 14
My first cat, Sassy, didn't bring mouse presents. She brought ball presents. She loved any kind of ball. She would bring them in to the bedroom and line them up (in a perfect line) on the floor at the foot of the bed. It was amazing, and I haven't seen another cat do that since.
If she'd brought mice, at least they'd be neatly lined up!
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Pui Hang
Bella and Cinders have lots of toys but their favourites are their 3 mice. Cinders likes to bring one of the mice to me and meowing whilst she is bringing it to me as if to say "Look Mummy, I've got you a present!"

Recently, I've been woken up in the middle of the night by Cinders meowing as she brings me a mouse or I have just woken up to find 1-3 mice on the bed. I think this is all very cute but it suddenly occurred to me this morning that Cinders might not be bringing me her toys as presents but presenting me with her "kills"

It's fine whilst they are just toy mice but I'm now worried about when they eventually find a real one and deposit on the bed!!! Do I need to be worried about this?

My girl does that with real mice, We have a slight infestation.
post #13 of 14
I used to get bug deposits from my Bridge Boy Woody!

He knew he wasn't supposed to kill birds or natives, so he would kill bugs and bring them to me instead!!! He'd sit at the back door and HOWL until you looked at what he'd bought you and told him he was a good boy! Then he would proceed to eat it!

Well, at least I didn't have to clean up the remains!
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by hareting
yeah..u probably won't have problem with mouse..cuz they simply would avoid ur house cuz u have cats.

i remember reading from someone says becuz they have a cat (indoor/outdoor), the whole block doens't get any mice. they r simply just too afraid to come anywhere near.

i think u have to worry a bit more about insects...like spiders and stuff...

i've not seen any insects nor spiders after i have nana...we used to have A LOT cuz i live in basement...i dunno what happened to those..i'm definite that she'll kill them..but after killing i dunno if she eats them or what....i don't dare to think
Well, I will be very happy if they decide not to bring me any mice! Spiders and other insects don't bother me - we seem to get a lot of spiders so if the girls want to kill them and eat them or bring them to me for disposal that is fine!
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