Oh cats. They love to hate us and love to love us all at the same time. Many of them like to show that love in the form of gifts. Now they are going to the store and getting your chocolate and flowers for Valentine’s Day, but moreover live rodents and such.
For some reason, cats don’t understand that we aren’t into those types of gifts. Most aren’t as smart as Baloo, aka the cat we are about to meet.
After bringing her owner, Ben, a bunch of grossness, he said in an interview with The Dodo that Baloo “always looked so confused and sad, which made me feel pretty bad.”
She kept bringing him dead (or sometimes still alive) critters, and Ben wasn’t a fan. So being the smart kitty she is, she found a new gift for Ben. What was it? Diamond rings? Children’s shoes? Spare rakes? Nope none of the above!
“It took a couple of months of me rejecting her gifts for her to start bringing me leaves. They were always big, nice looking leaves,” Ben said. “It was such a relief from the live mice every morning that I would show my gratitude by taking the leaf and playing with it while she sat on my chest.”
So it’s safe to say that giant leaves are better than live mice. Good to know.
After getting a bunch of praise from Ben, he said, “She knew she was doing something right now.” Good work Baloo! Breaking your old cat ways and finding a human friendly gift. Who doesn’t love a nice big leaf! My dog has definitely never given me anything like that before…
She only found the biggest and best leaves. You could call Baloo a very highly skilled curator of only the most magnificent leaves.
I bet Ben and Baloo’s relationship is way better now.
Ben also continued to say:
She’s not a lap cat by any means, but when I’m upset or nervous she will hop up onto me, push me back so I lay down and then she’ll just sit on my chest purring like mad and nuzzling my face with her nose. She’s a very loving cat.
Ben and Baloo have a third friend, and I really wish it started with a B but it doesn’t. It is the second best option though! The other cat on his Instagram is named Floof! I figured Floof needed some love too so take a look at this kitty.
If you want to see more of these guys, take a look at Ben’s Instagram, mostlyjustpicturesofmycats. Out of all the cat accounts to get this kind of fame, I like his username the best. I wonder if it was Baloo or Floof that thought of that. And he’s right it is just mostly cats but he has snuck a few puppers in there for you guys that are more dog lovers.