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I've heard three theories as to why cats will kill little animals or bugs and leave them lying around for their people to find;

1.) The cat loves you and is leaving you a gift.
2.) The cat thinks you'll keep it safe for her, because she'll want it back later.
3.) The cat is basically trying to tell you "You're too god damn stupid to hunt for yourself so I did it for you. Idiot."

Which one do you think is right? If you have a cat that does this for you, why do you think they do it?
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[User Picture]From: verygwen
2013-01-22 04:16 am (UTC)

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The cat is protecting us.

Apparently, when I was a kid, my dad would tell me that my cat went outside to hunt dragons.

"Daddy, that's silly."
"There aren't any dragons in the yard, are there?"
[User Picture]From: hey_kayla_jay
2013-01-22 04:20 am (UTC)

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My cat once dove into the (empty) bathtub to devour a spider in there that had startled me. I'm pretty sure she saved my life.
[User Picture]From: just_3_euros
2013-01-22 04:39 pm (UTC)

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Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww this melted my heart.
[User Picture]From: shawnael
2013-01-22 04:40 am (UTC)

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I literally laughed out loud, that is a good one.
[User Picture]From: siren_songs
2013-01-22 04:17 am (UTC)

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My cat hunts bugs and consumes them immediately. She's very well-fed, so I assume she thinks of them as a little treat.
[User Picture]From: hey_kayla_jay
2013-01-22 04:19 am (UTC)

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My cat used to eat ants. After fucking with them for a while.
From: blue_sky_day
2013-01-22 11:59 am (UTC)

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My cat never progresses beyond the "fucking with them" stage. I got a mouse in the house once. My cat tracked it down, and then just stared at it from a few inches away. She probably would have kept staring until the mouse ran away.
[User Picture]From: jaebird
2013-01-22 04:06 pm (UTC)

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I had a mouse trouble awhile ago, and one day I walk into the front room and one cat is sleeping on the floor and the other is just sitting sphinx like, and staring at the mouse that was less than two inches away from her. She didn't even seem to care, and neither did the mouse. I stared at them for a few minutes kind of hoping one of the cats would suddenly develop hunting instincts then went back into my room and called my mom to borrow her live mouse trap.

Not quite sure when cats pick up that hunting/stalking ability but my cats seem to only hunt centipedes and flies.
[User Picture]From: ameliorate
2013-01-22 04:30 am (UTC)

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I love that my cat eats flies, it's so handy. Fly trap? No thanks I have a cat!
[User Picture]From: hereisfar
2013-01-22 08:15 am (UTC)

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My mothers cats catch lizards that get inside the house and only eat the middles, then leave the heads and tails to me found. I assume lizards are delicious, but only the middles.
[User Picture]From: emily_thegreat
2013-01-22 04:18 am (UTC)

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I think it's a combination of #1 and #3.
[User Picture]From: nutmeg_44
2013-01-22 07:36 am (UTC)

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This. They always look so pleased when they catch something and other times they save me from all the icky things I don't like.
[User Picture]From: salamandertoast
2013-01-22 04:25 am (UTC)

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I like to think they're donating sacrifices to our satanic rituals because they're thoughtful like that
[User Picture]From: ameliorate
2013-01-22 04:30 am (UTC)

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Best answer all day
[User Picture]From: tralfamadore
2013-01-22 04:37 am (UTC)

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Reminds me of The Dog's Diary vs. The Cat's Diary:

"Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. Bastards!"
[User Picture]From: followills
2013-01-22 05:05 am (UTC)

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frig that thing KILLS me ahaha
[User Picture]From: bitchintoyland
2013-01-22 04:40 am (UTC)

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It's probably three.
From: 234_am
2013-01-22 04:44 am (UTC)

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My cat probably does it just to piss me off. She knows no one appreciates it, but does it anyway. My guess it something ritualistic.
[User Picture]From: sexlexia
2013-01-22 04:52 am (UTC)

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ok here is a story for you.
when my son was born one of my cats became really protective of him and she'd groom him and follow him around and shit. then when he was starting to crawl she started catching animals and bringing them into his room, but she'd just wound them and let them go in there? anyway, our theory was that she was trying to teach him to hunt and fend for himself so maybe a mix between 1 and 3.
[User Picture]From: sexlexia
2013-01-22 04:53 am (UTC)

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also that period where she was catching things and letting them go in his room was a really, really annoying time for me let me tell you.
[User Picture]From: cocori
2013-01-22 04:58 am (UTC)

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This is the most adorable theory. <3
From: light_frost
2013-01-22 04:58 am (UTC)

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BEST USERNAME
[User Picture]From: hey_kayla_jay
2013-01-22 05:07 am (UTC)

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I love everything about this story.

Also, I second the above comment, I adore your username.
[User Picture]From: hipslikehell
2013-01-22 08:43 am (UTC)

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awwww
[User Picture]From: boplenty
2013-01-22 05:31 am (UTC)

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The wife of a guy I worked with was part of a circle of women who were doing Bible study: very proper and prim women. Said wife was hosting the group one time, and as they were leaving her house, the pet cat came bounding up the steps and dropped a dead songbird at the feet of the church ladies. Not really sure what the intent was, but there was an intent. Maybe the cat wanted to help with hosting the party in his house.
[User Picture]From: toomuchmousse
2013-01-22 07:18 am (UTC)

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The cat's just practicing.

Someday, it will be you.
[User Picture]From: hereisfar
2013-01-22 08:13 am (UTC)

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One of my mother's cats is a big time hunter and when he gets outside he will bring back all sorts of woodland creatures/weird snakes/bugs and put them on top of the stove. I think in his situation it's a mixture of "I love you" and "Bitch, you can't hunt."

My kittens bring me their mouse toys and lay them on my face/pillow when I'm asleep. I think they are bringing them to me so I can play with them and have fun. They also both purposefully put the toys in their food dishes, which I like to believe is their way of trying to feed their toys.
[User Picture]From: jaebird
2013-01-22 04:08 pm (UTC)

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Hahaha, my cats put their toys in their food bowl as well. Of course they also dropped them in the toilet before I started to keep the toilet shut all the time, so I'm not quite sure of the full intent.
[User Picture]From: wexdance
2013-01-22 08:32 am (UTC)

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I'm not sure. One time, my cat killed/found a dead rabbit and put it IN MY BED, she was lying next to it looking very proud. I'm so glad she didn't hide it between the sheets.
[User Picture]From: woodland
2013-01-22 09:31 am (UTC)

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i like to think they're gifts. my cat has only ever done it twice, and only recently.
the first time was a dead mouse, and when he realised i wasn't particularly bothered (i put it straight in the bin), he returned with a rather beautiful blue-tit. i put that in the bin too and he hasn't bothered since, but i see him amusing himself in the garden sometimes.

[User Picture]From: weirdsister_fis
2013-01-22 09:42 am (UTC)

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I once read that cats see them and their owners (which are basically big cats on their hind-legs) as a group. Since the large cats generally give him food, he sometimes would hunt to return the favour for us. The best way to handle it, according to the book, was to take the animal from the cat and bite it..........
[User Picture]From: thunderflyer
2013-01-22 03:22 pm (UTC)

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Oh, hail no.
[User Picture]From: just_3_euros
2013-01-22 04:43 pm (UTC)

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lmfao
[User Picture]From: elikaa
2013-01-22 11:25 am (UTC)

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I'd like to hope it was 1) but it's probably 3).
[User Picture]From: metalheavy
2013-01-22 02:12 pm (UTC)

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1. I used to have a cat who would kill birds and bring them home and he always looked so excited to give them to me.
[User Picture]From: wednesdayscat
2013-01-22 02:46 pm (UTC)

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I find these to be hilarious takes on that question: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/cat_kill

And: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/cats_actually_kill
[User Picture]From: noodledays
2013-01-23 01:06 am (UTC)

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that's pretty damn funny, and the second is eye-opening, especially if it's factually true. ;o
[User Picture]From: rainbow_vagina
2013-01-22 03:04 pm (UTC)

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They're giving you recipe ideas. They're saying 'I'd like this because I'm sick of what you feed me, get me some bird flavoured cat food please!'
[User Picture]From: jaebird
2013-01-22 04:11 pm (UTC)

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Sometimes my cat puts her cat food in my shoe, and a few other times she has regurgitated it into my shoe. I figure it's like packing a lunch for your kids to take to school. Definitely buying a school lunch on those days.
[User Picture]From: jaebird
2013-01-22 10:51 pm (UTC)

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Sometimes my cat puts her cat food in my shoe, and a few other times she has regurgitated it into my shoe. I figure it's like packing a lunch for your kids to take to school. Definitely buying a school lunch on those days.
[User Picture]From: callise
2013-01-23 01:58 am (UTC)

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There;s another one! They believe your apart of the pack so there doing there share of bring food for the pack.