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How can I discourage presents?

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JustBoppinAlong Fri 15-Jul-16 14:57:05

My cat is an outdoor cat. She comes and goes as she pleases.

She had never ever ever brought back a 'gift' until I met my new boyfriend.

She seems to have a thing for him and now when he stays over or even if he's just popped by for a brew, she will go off and hunt and bring him back a present. Which she usually puts in his shoe.

We have had a few birds. But last night was the worst. My boyfriend stayed over. She went out late on and brought back a baby mouse. Which she promptly plonked on his head!!

I'm not sure if there is anything I can do to stop this. As I know it's instinct. But I hate that she is hurting innocent animals and hate them being brought into my house.

I can't keep her as an indoor cat as she just wails at the door. And if anyone goes out she legs in.

I'm prepared for a bashing, but please be kind.

NarcyCow Fri 15-Jul-16 16:32:11

LTB. It's the only way.

(The boyfriend, not the cat)

cozietoesie Fri 15-Jul-16 17:49:06

Beats me. smile

cozietoesie Fri 15-Jul-16 17:50:26

Well Yes. There was Narcy's solution. grin

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 15-Jul-16 18:27:24

Nothing you can do, I think she likes him though.

NeedACleverNN Fri 15-Jul-16 18:31:04

Try a large bell on her collar? Might alert the animals she's near.

But yes LTB is the only option

WellWhoKnew Fri 15-Jul-16 18:32:43

She's trying to tell you she approves of him. Clearly this hasn't always been the case.

JustBoppinAlong Fri 15-Jul-16 19:31:15

Well I approve of him too. But how do I explain to her that he doesn't see birds and mice as the tasty treat she clearly thinks she is giving?

cozietoesie Fri 15-Jul-16 19:52:32

I don't see how you can. It's their relationship after all. grin

I trust he's having to clear them up though?wink

Goingtobeawesome Fri 15-Jul-16 19:55:43

Once she brings home live treats it means she thinks he's ready to learn to hunt...

JustBoppinAlong Fri 15-Jul-16 20:17:21

What can he do to make her think he doesn't need to learn to hunt? grin
And don't say get him to bring a mouse in by his mouth. That's just a step too far.

I'm starting to consider locking her in or out when he's here, but that won't fix the problem when he starts being here quite often.

JustBoppinAlong Fri 15-Jul-16 20:29:31

And yes unfortunately I'm making him clear them up because I go all girly and can't do it. He must like me lots to be removing animals from his shoes!

cozietoesie Fri 15-Jul-16 20:34:21

I was only half joking when I said that it was their relationship. Cats relate to different people in different ways - and she clearly feels the need to bring him gifts for some reason. I'd just stay out of it as long as he's prepared to get rid of the evidence. smile

JustBoppinAlong Fri 15-Jul-16 20:43:05

But cozie... She brought a baby mouse into my bed! She dropped it almost on his face! I don't want things that move on my bed lol. That just freaks me out.
And I wouldn't mind but he lives close enough that she goes into his garden. She doesn't take him any presents there though. In fact when he's at his house she completely ignores him. The cat world is very strange..

cozietoesie Fri 15-Jul-16 21:05:48

He's Top Cat in his own house. I don't think they feel the need to take presents to Top Cats. wink

sashh Sat 16-Jul-16 11:21:12

Stay at his then?

WeirdAndPissedOff Sat 16-Jul-16 20:44:58

Get him to give her a HUGE cuddle when she does it.
It seems like a thank you, and affectionate, but it soon stops ours if they're being overly needy. grin

Fluffy24 Sat 16-Jul-16 20:46:33

Stop sending thank you cards grin

DiamondInTheRuff Sat 16-Jul-16 20:48:52

Sorry to butt in, I know nothing at all about cats, but how do you know they're presents and not, you know... threats...

Is it some sort of cat language thing?

PolterGoose Sat 16-Jul-16 20:52:35

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DiamondInTheRuff Sat 16-Jul-16 21:06:05


PolterGoose Sat 16-Jul-16 21:09:42

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Karcheer Sat 16-Jul-16 21:15:23

If it makes you feel better I've had a dead rat and a live vole today.

tabulahrasa Sat 16-Jul-16 21:20:45

I never get them...I don't have a cat flap, lol.

The cat goes outside, we just let her in and out, which means she can't bring the dead things in because you spot them before she does.

Karcheer Sat 16-Jul-16 21:50:06

What do you do at night then?
I think I'd rather mice than cat litter :/

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