Why Do Cats Carry Their Toys Around?

Cats carry their toys around like they would prey.
Cats carry their toys around like they would prey.
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Why do cats carry their toys around, Thomasina? When my cat gets tired of playing with me, he tries to carry the toy off into another room. Isn't that sort of weird?
-- Puzzled

Hey, Puzzled!
No insult, but I don't think it's weird when cats carry their toys around. Playing with toys is really another form of hunting for us. When we've caught our "prey," we need to take it someplace where we'll be safe while we eat. Not that we'd eat a toy, of course, and we do know the difference. But you get the idea.

Although I've never done this myself, a favorite place for putting toys away seems to be a water bowl. Makes sense, I guess, since the water bowl is usually near where the cat eats.


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