According to research done at Exeter University when your cat brings you a bird in its mouth its telling you that you should give it more meet and it wants you to play with it more Does your cat bring home birds in

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.

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I disagree with that ‘research’. In my experience, and in that of several research articles I have read, cats hunt whether or not they are on a well balanced diet. They are naturally programmed to catch anything small that moves near them. In addition, mother cats usually share their prey with their kittens, so a cat that is bringing you prey is likely trying to feed YOU. It is definitely seeking your attention. Outdoor cats are such good hunters that they have decimated populations of many species of songbirds, and this is one of the reasons that owners are encouraged to keep their cats indoors.

Why Do Cats Bring Gifts to Their Owners?

2 of my 4 cats bring in birds. the one eats his my older boy is in a catch and release program. almost every thing he catches is alive and almost completely unharmed. Its makes for quite a show when 3 or 4 cats are hunting a bird or chipmunk inside my home. I always try to help the poor little critters.

My current cat is an indoor cat. When I lived elsewhere and took in some strays, one did. That was a long-haired tortoiseshell named Valentine and she was a wildcard. Another cat who was part Persian brought home a baby rabbit by the head, just as a mother cat carries kittens, opened her mouth and deposited him gently at my feet. He was alive and didn’t have a scratch on him.

The feral cat that lives on our porch presents occasional presents. We’ve gotten mice, moles, and the occasional bird. He arrived a year ago in late fall. He couldn’t have been more than 3 months old. He moved into the wood pile out back. I put out food for him, because he was scrawny. He has since moved into a container on the porch with a blanket. He has never allowed us to touch him, so he is still feral.

No they never did that. A stray cat came up to me with a mole and was rubbing my legs purring etc. I think the cat thinks they are taking care of you. Just praise and pet them. I ended up saving that mole by placing him in a safe area once the cat left.

My cats stay inside as the ravens where I live are larger than my cats. I have heard that more meat in a cats diet and more play time can take reduce a cat’s urges to kill birds


A cat bringing a bird home is trying to feed you, not asking for more food. Your fearless hunter is providing for you since you have no claws and cannot hunt.

That is INCORRECT. Has to be a spoof. Cat bringing bird (or insect) to owner is pure instinct.