Our small black boy, Nero, is now 10 years old. His mother taught him to hunt, and every year until spring/summer 2020 he has brought home mice, a frog and birds in his mouth (including a magpie which he tried to force through the catflap). Last March (2020) his ‘mentor’, our older boy, died, since which Nero has gone out hunting far less often preferring to spend his days in the garden with my husband and I, and did not bring any birds home at all during the year.
This is background against which to state that he has never been bothered to play much at all, except with live prey, even ‘fetch’ with foil, flying feathers or with the laser dot. He will sit and watch our older girl Dory play, but will not join in or play alone with either of us. He does however, like to come and watch fiddly little jobs like changing a plug where he will stick his nose six inches away and follow every movement. When he was younger he used to diligently watch us do housework and still likes to sit on the bedside table every week watching me change the bed linen.
He actually prefers Iams dry food to the Iams wet food he is fed, so we give him some dry food as treats, which he has eaten for years in preference to various other brands or single meats like cooked chicken, turkey, beef and so on. He must be the exception which proves the rule but then we do think he is an exceptional cat.