Originally Posted by CarolPetunia
I'm sorry, but... it is "weird and cruel." I don't understand how you can love one creature enough to keep it as a pet, but care so little for another creature that you would deliberately subject it to a painful and terrifying death.
The whole idea reminds me of something that happened here in Dallas a few weeks ago: some sick monster who was breeding pitbulls used a tiny puppy with a birth defect as "bait" to teach his other dogs to fight.
I don't see much difference between the two.
The cat and mouse have a natural predator/prey relationship. Its entirely different than the fighting pitbull thing you mentioned, though I agree that is a terribly wretched thing to do. I have to say though that I see giving my cat a mouse to eat is totally on a different level than using a disabled puppy to bring out the most violent part of a pitbulls personality for the purpose of illegal dog fights. Its not that I care so little for the mouse in a malicious way, its serving a purpose. Call me sick if you will, but getting a storebought mouse for my cat to eat really isnt any different than the reasons I have for going hunting and fishing. Sure you can get all the pre processed food you need, but its just more fun to do it yourself.
Im pretty sure that hunting is an instinctual thing. When I lived out of town with this cat, he could go outside sometimes and would kill and eat a mouse or bird every now and then. My cat gets along fine with my girlfriends guinea pig, who also lives here though. He watches the cage incessantly, but when you let them out together he never makes any sort of aggressive moves at all, just watches. Maybe it has something to do with their prey being in their natural environment, and the cat stalking it.
The mouse wouldnt get loose, cause if I were to do it (im just tossing ideas around here, people) It'd take place in my unattached garage. I am aware that there'd be some (minor) health risk, but Im honestly dont believe that this would pose a risk to my cat. One of my childhood cats was outside constantly and caught and ate every sort of critter: mice, voles, rabbits, birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and she lived to be 17.
Good to get all of your input though, and believe me im only going to do whats right for my cat.