'Playtime Break!': Senior Kitty Bringing Gifts to Owner's Desk Melts Hearts

Are you one of those people who thinks that dogs are affectionate and loving, while cats are cold and distant? Well, a recent viral post on Reddit's r/cats forum may persuade you otherwise.

The post, from u/password-is-taco_ is titled, my cat likes to bring me gifts while I work at my desk. It features seven photographs of the same cat, in the same position, with a different toy that's been recently dropped on the floor. The toys range from a small fabric mouse to a plushy avocado. The cat looks expectant—and adorable.

The post has attracted over 32,000 upvotes and more than 500 comments, with fellow Redditors unable to resist expressing their pleasure. Among them was u/nudes-bot, who wrote, "She is so sweet I love her."

Meanwhile, u/Aiyokusama commented, "The mighty huntress is providing for her human," to which u/a_bit_vague responded, "she's trying to teach the cat in the chair how to hunt."

U/Masonjaruniversity wrote, "OMG if I got that look with the drop off of presents it would be time for a 20 minute coffee/kitty playtime break!"

In a later comment, the OP (original poster) explained that, before they adopted her, their cat earned the nickname "psycho kitty" at the animal shelter, because she wouldn't leave the corner of her cage and growled whenever someone walked near.

Cat with gift.
Pictures of a cat bringing their human gifts while they are working from home has gone viral. Pictured, a stock photo of a kitten playing with a gift. Voren1/Voren1/Getty

"I fostered her to try to get her to be more sociable but she never really took to anyone except me. That was almost 12 years ago and she's been the perfect friend, just needed a quiet place and some time to come out of her shell," the OP wrote.

In fact, there is now evidence that cats are just as affectionate towards their humans as dogs, according to research published in Current Biology in 2019.

Researchers used a cohort of 79 kittens and 38 adult cats (along with their owners) to see whether they could observe bonds between the pets and their humans. To do this, they used an experiment in which the pet was left in an unfamiliar room for two minutes before they were reunited with their owners. They found that roughly two-thirds of the cats went to greet their owners, which researchers took as signs of attachment. According to the research, roughly 65 percent of infants and 58 percent of dogs display this kind of attachment to a guardian figure, in similar experiments.

In another later comment, OP explained that they always make a point to invite the cat onto their lap when she brings toys. "It's since become a routine that she brings me toys when she wants attention," OP wrote.

Another user asked if the cat meows loudly when bringing the toys, and OP responded that she does.

"Yes! It's a yowl kind of. Hearing her little song go from quiet and distant to growing louder as she makes her way through the house to me is one of my favorite things," OP wrote.

Some users responded a little humor, including u/PJTORONTO who wrote, "You need these things, your cat knows best," and u/IndependenceNo7122 who added, "This is excellent cat work."

But u/artie_pdx summed it up, writing, "Well, she's is 100 percent adorable and I love her."

Newsweek reached out to u/password-is-taco_.

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