Gift Appreciation 101

This morning, I proudly presented a bloody mouse to my human. But after all that hard work and careful planning, all I got was a horrified expression and a shriek? Seriously?!I am disappointed. Wouldn’t you at least be impressed?

I still love you, though. More bounties later! Maybe you would prefer a grasshopper!

I mean sometimes, it feels like we don’t even speak the same language! Like the time your were petting sitting a puppy for your friend and I peed on your bed. That was just my friendly way of telling you and that puppy to get out. Immediately. Or else. No one pulls my tail…especially not with their mouth! But anyways, it was just a friendly reminder.

So I thought maybe you just don’t know what to do when we give you such an excellent gift. Here’s a quick guide for all you new cat staff.

#1 Act Surprised and Impressed

Let’s agree that you will be surprised at our exceptional prowess. We both know that you know we can hunt mice and bugs. But we just don’t do it very often. We get it. We sleep a lot. But we want you to act suprised and impressed! I’m pretty sure many of your have the surprised part down. You weren’t expecting that dead mouse in your bed, we know that. But the part you’re often missing is the impressed piece. A simple and thoughtful head nod would go a long way in these scenarios.

#2 Put Our Gift Somewhere Special

What’s the worse thing you can do with a gift? Throw it out! And what do you do the majority of the time with our special feline gifts? You throw them out! How could you!? We would like you to put our special gift somewhere safe. You know, that same spot you keep your memorabilia from your ex-boyfriend.

#3 Reward Our Gift

Too many cats are immediately thrown outside or scolded after bringing you a perfectly good dead mouse or similar gift. Don’t punish your cat for loving you! Why would you do that! If you give us a gift of tuna, what do we do with it? We eat it!

Perhaps you could try the same for the gift we worked so hard for.

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