„What does it mean when our cats bring small, wounded animals into the house? Most people interpret these deposits as offerings or gifts, however inaptly chosen, meant to please or propitiate us, the cats‘ humans. But according to the anthropologist E. M. Thomas, „Cats may be assuming the role of educator when they bring prey indoors to their human owners … A mother cat starts teaching her kittens from the moment they start following her … Later she gives them hands-on practice by flipping victims in their direction, exactly as the cat does in play. Mother cats even bring wounded prey back to their nests or dens so that their homebound kittens can practice, especially if the prey is of manageable size. So perhaps cats who release living prey in our houses are trying to give us some practice, to hone our hunting skills“ (105).“
eve kosofsky sedgwick: touching feeling.