Cat Leaves His Family Presents In The Same Spot Every Morning
"It's a fantastic way to start the day."
Charlie’s family rescued him when he was just 12 weeks old, and he’s always been an incredibly goofy and playful cat. About six months ago, everyone started noticing that he always left a toy in the exact same place every morning before they woke up. As it turns out, Charlie was actually leaving his family gifts — but at first, they had no idea that’s what he was doing.
“In the beginning, all we noticed was that once in a while we would find one of his favorite toys near the top of the basement stairs, which we had to pass to get into the kitchen each morning,” Beth Tivol, Charlie’s mom, told The Dodo. “We figured he had been playing with it during the night and had just left it there. As time went on, one of his toys wound up there almost every morning. We learned to step over them.”
Frustrated that his family wasn’t recognizing his gift-giving, Charlie decided to take his efforts up a notch. Instead of just leaving his toys, he started leaving random things he found around the house, in the exact same spot as always, of course.
“Eventually things that weren't his usual toys started appearing,” Tivol said. “A hair tie. A pen cap. A twist-tie that had fallen to the ground the night before that we hadn't been able to find. Yet another hair tie. It was rather convenient, but we thought they were just little things that had caught his eye. Some days when he had something that he must have thought was particularly awesome, we'd find him sitting in the doorway expectantly. After a few more weeks of this we finally figured it out. He was leaving us gifts!”
Now, every morning when Charlie’s family wakes up, they come downstairs and eagerly check to see what Charlie has left for them. No item is off-limits, and it seems that every night Charlie scours the house to find the perfect, very weird gifts to present to his family.
Some of his gifts include electrical tape …
… a McDonald's straw, some drill bits and a green bow …
… a ball of yarn …
… and a pair of shoes.
Sometimes, his family has absolutely no idea where he finds his gifts, and swears they’ve never even seen some of them in the house before.
“I think the bow came from under the sofa, and I know the drill bits were on the workbench next to our drill press, but the McDonald's straw is a mystery,” Tivol said.
It seems that Charlie is so grateful to his family for rescuing him that now he feels the need to thank them every day — in the form of very weird gifts that he’ll probably never stop giving.
“I have to say, getting up in the morning is entirely different now,” Tivol said. “Did Charlie bring us something today? Is it one of his toys, or something special? The anticipation is actually a bit exciting and rather heartwarming! It's a fantastic way to start the day, and we are so grateful for our Charlie Kitten.”