I've had quite a history with gift-bearing cats. Our Bubba used to routinely bring me tiny green snakes from our yard and deposit them next to my favorite stool at the kitchen counter. One Thanksgiving afternoon he broke up our party when he appeared at the glass slider dragging a huge clump of water hyacinths, much like the Creature From the Black Lagoon.
Nowadays, what Jenny lacks in creativity, she makes up for in persistence. I spend the better part of the day working in my upstairs office and Jenny is often lonely for my companionship. She's figured out that if she can provide interesting enough toys, she can convince me to come downstairs and play with her. The first time, I heard plaintive loud meows coming from downstairs and went over to the balcony to look down. There was Jenny looking up at me, guarding one of my fuzzy slippers that she had dragged from the bedroom. Since then, four different slippers have migrated from the bedroom to various places in the living room.
The latest was the fuzzy striped "inchworm" toy in this photo. I had found it in a pile of laundry my son had put in the laundry room - Lord knows where it came from. Since it was clean, I put it on top of the washer a couple of days ago. Yesterday I found it lying draped across the back of the sofa Jenny and I share at night, where she had dragged it. She apparently considers it her new "best friend," and I took this photo last night with my cell phone.
I'm trying to figure out how to spend more time with my lonely girl. I suspect that many of my readers also have gift-bearing cats. If your comments justify my suspicions, perhaps we'll have a new Show and Tell feature where you can post your own photo and stories.
Photo Credit: © Franny Syufy (taken with my cell phone)