Baloo the cat definitely likes her devoted owner, Ben, but she doesn’t believe he’s a very good hunter.
As a devoted little house panther, she took up the task of hunting for him.
The lovely kitten had developed a practice of catching animals in their backyard and surprised Ben with them in the morning as he lay in bed as a gesture of her gratitude. Baloo would usually bring in tiny mice, but he would also bring in small birds on occasion.
Her prey was never harmed since the cat seemed to know how to capture and transport them softly.
Ben told The Dodo, “I’d wake up to her on my chest with something in her mouth, which she’d then drop on my face or chest, and then meow.” “I’m not sure if she wanted me to assume it was breakfast or just a present.”
Because Baloo’s “gifts” were always alive, Ben was compelled to capture them and then release them outside.
It’s safe to conclude that Baloo’s unwelcome philanthropy had a negative impact on everyone.
Baloo was confused by Ben’s apparent lack of appreciation for her hard-won presents.
Ben explained, “She constantly looked so bewildered and unhappy, which made me feel quite awful.”
Baloo gradually realized that creatures from the backyard weren’t necessarily what her human desired. Rather than stop looking for items for Ben, she just changed the types of gifts she was providing.
If he doesn’t like mice or birds, perhaps a leaf will appeal to him. It was, in fact, the case.
“It took a few months for her to stop giving me presents and start bringing me leaves. They were usually large, attractive leaves “Ben stated his opinion. “I would demonstrate my thanks by grabbing the leaf and playing with it as she perched on my chest since it was such a relief from the live mice every morning.”
The message had reached Baloo. The cat would subsequently locate a beautiful leaf every morning and bring it in to Ben:
“She was aware that she was now engaged in some activity.”
Baloo would occasionally surprise Ben in the morning with a twig instead of a leaf, just to change things up.
Ben, and no likely all the tiny critters in the backyard that she used to kill, were grateful for Baloo’s change of heart.
“Thinking of her on a dawn quest to find a present for her human melts my heart,” Ben added.
Baloo appears to have put her prowling ways behind her, choosing for a lazier cat kind of lifestyle, following their transfer to a less hunt-friendly house.
Instead of giving flowers or animals, she now communicates her gratitude by giving plenty of cuddles. That’s just OK with Ben.
“When I’m depressed,” Ben remarked, “she’ll console me.” “She’s not a lap cat by by stretch of the imagination, but when I’m worried or frightened, she’ll jump up into my lap, push me back so I lay down, and then she’ll just sit on my chest purring madly and nuzzling my face with her nose. She’s a really affectionate cat.”