why oh why does he feel the need to share so much?

Guinnes and my younger daughter, bonding  - here he is having to put up with a cuddle
@ESKARENA1 (18304)
July 10, 2008 2:55pm CST
Guinness our family cat has decided to share the results of his hunting expiditions with us? He, i think, has started trying to teach my children to catch mice as he brought one in to the kitchen this morning whilst they ate breakfast. Much commotion was forthcoming util finally Guinness left with mouse in mouth . Now, why does he want to share?
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@gabs8513 (48816)
• United Kingdom
10 Jul 08
Lol because he loves you all I would have love to seen the Commotion lol I have to say our Cats where very considerate lol they brought them in after Meal time
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@ESKARENA1 (18304)
10 Jul 08
it was a wonderful thing to see both kids jumping in fear from something so small lol blessed be
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@olivemai (4739)
• United States
11 Jul 08
The cat was using his instincts! He wanted to feed the kids!
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@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
10 Jul 08
Our last cat would bring us crickets she found in the basement. But she played with them up and down the hallway first. She didn't share live ones.
@ESKARENA1 (18304)
10 Jul 08
it really is funny
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• United States
10 Jul 08
I heard somewhere that when a cat or dog does that, its like a tribute to you, a sort of present.
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@olivemai (4739)
• United States
10 Jul 08
I have heard it called a present too! That is a least better than the "presents" little children leave us!
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@ESKARENA1 (18304)
11 Jul 08
its really true, i should feel honoured lol
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@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
10 Jul 08
He loves you and the mouse is his gift to you. He is very proud of his hunting prowess and has brought you his trophy. Consider this an honor. He really does this with all good intentions. While we humans are generally repulsed by rodents, he is so pleased that he is able to bring you the fruits of his labor to share with you. Be sure to praise him for his catch. Then get rid of the nasty mouse, of course.
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@ESKARENA1 (18304)
10 Jul 08
haha well yes he was rather pleased with himself but my girls made such a row he left again lol mouse still in mouth
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• United States
10 Jul 08
I think its one of their survival skill. Bring home the catch to their family even though where not cats.I grew up with a cat that when ever she got out would bring back a mouse or vole.
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@ESKARENA1 (18304)
10 Jul 08
he certainly made the kids jump, lol
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@snowy22315 (19201)
• United States
10 Jul 08
That is part of the reason I dont let my precious pet outside. In our old house he did catch a mouse and bought it upstairs. it was freaky. Fortunatlely hubby was there to take it outside. I think they like to show off when they have a critter.
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@ESKARENA1 (18304)
10 Jul 08
yes i distinctly saw a sence of showing off lol thanks for the response
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@novataylor (6572)
• United States
11 Jul 08
Hello, my darling Eskarena! It's truly wonderful to see you. I'd say that your Guiness must love you immensely! You're right on the nose, darlin, he's definitely sharing with you, he's offering up his prizes, his trophies, to you and your family. That shows a lot of love. But who could blame him for loving you? Not I, surely. My cats don't go outside, but they do have a large sunporch, with windows on 3 sides, and tree branches tantalizingly close. They've snagged a few birds out there, lots of cicadas, millions of unidentifed flying creatures, bees, but not as yet a mouse, thank goodness. I don't think any mouse with half a brain would come anywhere near this house - not with three healthy, curious, and rambunctious cats running about the place. I'm really glad that I only occasionally have to deal with them bringing birds in, and what's really amazing is that both of the birds they've gotten a hold of have survived to return to freedom once again. These birds must have a hell of a strong constitution. So - I'm off for now. But I HOPE to see you soon. Let's see what we can do about that. What do you think?
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@olivemai (4739)
• United States
10 Jul 08
I thought for a minute that you meant your husband! The cat probably wants to show off his skills and be appreciated! try saying, very good, now take it outside! Our cat seems to say "out" and "hello" by meowing certain ways, it is funny but I have to treat him like a kid, so try not to punish him but pay more attention when he does not have a mouse in his mouth! I have heard that this is normal behavior for a cat!
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@stephcjh (32387)
• United States
10 Jul 08
I'm not totally sure why most animals like to show what they have caught. My guess would be that they are proud of what they have done and they want to show it off to others about the skills they have.
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
11 Jul 08
LOL I think they all love to share heheheh My friend's cats were leaving her a mouse at her door for days. It was like a daily offering hehehehe I don't know if they want to bring us a gift or if they want us to be proud of them, but they do it LOL
@lightningd (1042)
• United States
11 Jul 08
I once heard it said that when your cat brings you his "catch of the day", that it is their way of "Providing for their family." It's quite interesting if you think about it. Your children were eating breakfast. Guinness obviously was aware what time meals are served at your house. He was offering his "contribution" to the family. He's showing that he considers your children his responsibility. I had a cat, Boots, who did the same thing. I got Boots when I was pregnant with my oldest son. She was very protective of both of my children. She did take it to exrtremes though. If I raised my voice, she would come at me with her claws. Guinness is just lettin ya know he is earining his keep!!