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    I just have a question regarding cats and how they are known to leave dead animals on people's doorsteps. I've never had a cat before so I'm not really up on their habits.

    We've moved house about 8 months ago and recently we opened the front door and there was a headless dead mouse on the front doorsteps.I know, gross! <== was my face! I'm pretty sure it's from our neighbour's cat. I often see it wandering around our garden and there's footprints on the window ledge. I don't mind it being there but I've never had the chance to pet it up close yet so not sure what it feels about me. So, do you think this was her way of welcoming us, or just for letting her walk freely around our garden? Or is it some kind of ominous warning? LOL!
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    It is a gift. She is sharing the hunt with you. Feel honoured then dispose of it!

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    I found this answer on line - it seems like they think they're returning the favor!
    Why do cats bring dead prey into the house?
    Cats will often take dead animals that they have caught - mice, rats, birds, etc., and bring them into your house. They will leave them in random places - on your bed, near the door, near their food, wherever. Your cat is not trying to send you a Godfather-type message. Cats just don't understand why you wouldn't be pleased with something as interesting and useful as a dead mouse. To them, they are bringing you food. The basic theory is that they are giving you a "present" - you give them food, water, and affection, and they are returning the favor with something they caught. Cats often do this in the wild for others in their family groups.
    Why do cats bring dead mice and birds to people?


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    I found a complete, almost freeze-dried frog at the bottom of my stairs in a pileof stuff the other week. I do not know how long it'd been there. :S

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    I had a particularly badass cat once who managed to kill a rabbit. This upset me, but whatever. I know she killed a rabbit, because she brought it home. To the front doorstep. Piece by piece.
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    Is cat barf on my ivory carpeting considered a "gift"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lobelia View Post
    I had a particularly badass cat once who managed to kill a rabbit. This upset me, but whatever. I know she killed a rabbit, because she brought it home. To the front doorstep. Piece by piece.

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    Ok, it's in the mail. I tucked in a chipmunk butt as a little gift.
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    Oh god, the bunnies. I can handle just about anything but the headless bunnies.
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    I've got two cats ... one brings home "presents", both dead and alive. The other likes to eat said "presents" ... not nice to (a) have mousie guts/blood all over the floor and (b) even more not nice to come downstairs in bare feet without having seen said guts !!!

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    I swear I have to check my front porch every morning, so not to frighten my mail lady. I have had rabbits, mice, toads, chipmunks..etc... My cat is BUSY!
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    My cat Elvis once caught and killed and squirrel. I'm glad he never offered it to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brookie View Post
    Is cat barf on my ivory carpeting considered a "gift"?
    If it is, my cats REALLY love me.

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    ugh. my cat used to bring me neighbors socks.
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    with the neighbour's severed feet? Or just off the line?

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