I have a beautiful kitten who is roughly one year old. For the past few weeks she's been bringing things to my bed in the middle of the night. I'm at a loss as to why.
My cat's name is Buffy. I've had her since January and she has been a tiny, little tornado of love. She follows me everywhere around the house and rarely lets me out of her sight. Her typical behavior for the past 5-6 months, when it's time for me to go to bed, is that she will attack my feet under the blankets. Sometimes she'll bring a toy mouse onto the bed and start to play. When this happens I take the mouse and put it in my nightstand and try to calm her a bit. Usually she'll then go downstairs and do cat things. After about an hour she'll come back upstairs to my room, snuggle down next to my legs and sleep pretty much all night long. We typically get up around 5 when she decides we've both had enough sleep.
About three weeks ago, her usual routine behavior has changed. She no longer always comes back upstairs after an hour. I wake up frequently in the night and she's rarely curled up on the bed with me. One particular Tuesday night she brought what I thought was a toy to bed at around midnight but what turned out to be a very large house centipede. While freaked out beyond belief as I'd touched it and rolled it around in my fingers for a good 30 seconds in the dark trying to figure out what it was, I assumed that this was her way of contributing to the house's food supply (she had hunted this creature and couldn't wait to present it to me).
After this incident though, she's begun to bring me one or both of the sponges that are kept at the sink in the kitchen every night. While sponges are definitely preferable to creepy crawlies with way too many legs, I'm not sure how to curb this behavior or what it is she's trying to accomplish. The only thing that has changed since her behavior has changed is that I have been sleeping with the ceiling fan in my bedroom on because it's been so hot lately.
My questions are: Why is she doing this? What can I do aside from hide the sponges every night to curb her from bringing me tokens of her affection in bed in the middle of the night? Why has she abruptly changed her night time habits and how can I help her sleep at night so that I too can sleep at night?
As an offering for your wisdom in all things cat, I give you these photos of Buffy: here here here