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Cats that bring you home animals they have caught?

post #1 of 24
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We have 4 beautiful cats that now have a cat door to go outside and back in
on there own. The only fall back is that 3 out of the 4 like to bring mice,moles,SNAKES and birds back in the house and usually drops them at my feet or on the living room floor. Before the cat door was put in they would drop them right outside the door. My main problem is most of the time they are still alive and they drop them at are feet or rug and they take off and hide before cat can get them again!!!! Some of them we are unable to find and they end up dying and the smell locates us to them.
Why do cats bring home animals to us like that?
Why would they bring them home alive and let them go?
Are they thinking they are bringing home a present to owner?
post #2 of 24
Welcome....my parents had an indoor/outdoor cat who would bring home presents and some of them were alive. There was one instance where Raskal brought home a bat that was still alive and due to concerns over rabies...we had to have the bat put down. Fortunately the bat didn't have rabies..but after that..I decided that any cats of mine would either be indoor only or would have limited outdoor access.

One way you can keep your cats from bringing home prey is to have an outdoor enclosure that they are allowed to go into but does not allow any other animals in or let your cats go out:

http://www.just4cats.com/

http://www.cat-world.com.au/cat-worldenclosures.htm

http://www.catsinternational.org/art...nclosures.html

Katie
post #3 of 24
Yup, they like to bring them in alive. I think maybe because they don't need them for food, so they want to continue playing with them in the comfort of their own home. And they may be seeing us as particularly dull kittens that need help learning to hunt. You aren't getting the hint? But really, there are lots of parasites they can get from live prey, and there are cars and coyotes and dogs out there. Better for kitty to stay inside and bring you stuffed mice to learn on. Becky
post #4 of 24
My mom's used to bring her dead mice and my mom thought she was offering them to her first. She would pet her and say "good girl" and the cat would take off with the mouse and eat it.

I don't know what I would do if my kitty was bringing me animals that were alive!
post #5 of 24
Welcome to TCS!
All my cats are indoor/oudoor and yes, all are bringers of gifts. They are alive, because they are giving you the honor of deciding their fate like the gladiators asking the caesar if it's thumbs up or down.
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by yayi
Welcome to TCS!
All my cats are indoor/oudoor and yes, all are bringers of gifts. They are alive, because they are giving you the honor of deciding their fate like the gladiators asking the caesar if it's thumbs up or down.

Something tells me it's thumbs down.
Becky
post #7 of 24
Tough situation! They do it though because they love you. It's like a gift (they don't know you are horrified by it). Comere used to do this is his younger days, but because we didn't have a cat door he left them on the front stoop. Usually mice or moles.

Can't offer any advice... don't punish them for it, it'll just confuse them. They really do think they are giving you something nice!
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by ComeresMom
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Can't offer any advice... don't punish them for it, it'll just confuse them. They really do think they are giving you something nice!


Yes! Sasha brings in mice and then as soon as he makes eye contact with me he stops and bites the heads off in my presence. He turns and alks away, chest pufed out.....

I agree with Yayi, too~ it's a gladiator thing of major affection and "contribution" to the family, I think.
post #9 of 24
My cats have always done that - my RB Sheba used regularly to leave frogs, alive and dead, on my pillow. Dushka brings in live creatures, mice, voles, birds, lizards, but usually does not want to share them so I have a fight with her to get them away if I can. Sometimes I can, sometimes I can't.The most awful thing is when you are left with something injured, and you have to kill it because you know it will not survive. But it is the cat's nature, and having chosen a place to live that is as cat-friendly as I can make it, I do not want to curtail their freedom.
post #10 of 24
my kitten brings me the worst kind of prey, other peoples underwear! i was told that they do it to contribute to the family, the kitty version of grocery shopping!

maverick's mum used to cat beetles and drop them on her owner at night!

yuck!

how should you react when they bring you creatures?
post #11 of 24
I would pet him or her and say good kitty! then let them take it and do what they want with it.
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by Charcoal
I would pet him or her and say good kitty! then let them take it and do what they want with it.
Ummm, my cat Patches wanted to eat them on the dining room table. Well, not all of them, not the guts...
Becky
post #13 of 24
If something is dead then I let them have it, putting all of them onto the balcony to fight or play over it. They normally eat all of whatewver it is. If something is still alive I try to rescue it, even if I then have to kill it - though I am not sure of the logic of this as cats can probably kill something faster than I can, but I just hate to see anything suffering.
post #14 of 24
My mom's cat brought a rabbit once....now that's a talented hunter lol.
post #15 of 24
All of the cats I've had bring tributes things home, usually headless. It's amazing how proud they get over catching door mice... Occasionally they bring something still alive to play with later
post #16 of 24
Dakota will do this with her toy mice. She'll bat it around for a bit, then pick it up, walk over to me and drop it in front of me. Or, better yet, will jump on the bed with it while I'm sleeping. From there 1 of 2 things will happen.

1. I'll wake up later and find fake mice in my sheets.
2. She'll drop it right behind me, it rolls down to where my body meets the mattress and she'll paw at it. So I get a nice little kitty back massage if I'm laying on my side.

Kinda makes me glad...who am I kidding...makes me REALLY glad that she's an indoor only cat. I'd hate for her to be indoor/outdoor and find real mice in my sheets!
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by buckeye23
Dakota will do this with her toy mice. She'll bat it around for a bit, then pick it up, walk over to me and drop it in front of me. Or, better yet, will jump on the bed with it while I'm sleeping. From there 1 of 2 things will happen.

1. I'll wake up later and find fake mice in my sheets.
2. She'll drop it right behind me, it rolls down to where my body meets the mattress and she'll paw at it. So I get a nice little kitty back massage if I'm laying on my side.

Kinda makes me glad...who am I kidding...makes me REALLY glad that she's an indoor only cat. I'd hate for her to be indoor/outdoor and find real mice in my sheets!
lol, i completley agree!

my kittens a bit over confident with her hunting skills. her faveroite prey is my 14 year old brother!
post #18 of 24
I always believed it was a gift, but someone once asked me "Where do you bring your groceries?"
post #19 of 24
I have one cat who gets to go outside, and she leaves us 'flingers' as hubby and lilbro calls 'em, for us on a daily basis. Moles, mice, etc.

She's so sweet. Luckily since we have to let her in and out she leaves them there so the men of the house can 'fling' them into the trash can.
post #20 of 24
lol, I was thinking about it... When I was a kitten (in my mom's cat Sam's eyes) She felt she needed to care for me. My mom would find spiders, mice, bugs, etc in my crib when I was a baby. She took really good care of me Kept me clean, tought me to crawl... I just couldn't figure out how to jump in and out of my crib like she did... I didn't get it. lol
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by Charcoal
I would pet him or her and say good kitty! then let them take it and do what they want with it.
Actually, you have it half right. Pet the cat, praise him, make a BIG fuss even tho you want to jump out of your skin. But don't let them eat it! There are a lot of parasites in the prey can actually make your cat sick.

I have ferals outside that bring me gifts. The first was a bird's wing. The entire time I was gagging and trying to pick it up with a shovel, I was praising Misty. She couldn't understand why I was having a hard time with it. When a feral brings you a gift, you know you've been accepted into the clan.

Sandy
post #22 of 24
I have a 2 ferals that brings me lots of "presents" every day. They range from headless mice, squirrels, birds, and lizards. Blackie leaves atleast 3 to 4 daily. She is SO PROUD to bring me presents but it makes my skin crawl to see the half eaten critters. It's funny because if she thinks she has something that is "extra special" she will stand outside the door and yell until I come out to check on her.
post #23 of 24
This lady I work with loves sharing kitty stories with me. She's got a 9 year old tabby who is an indoor/outdoor cat. This sounds so disgusting and disturbing, but one of the stories that just amazed me was of the time the cat spent 14 hours fighting with a groundhog in it's burrow. The field is right next to her house, so she heard the entire thing, but didn't want to get involved in the fight. 14 hours later the cat drags home a full grown groundhog that is about twice her size. She ate the liver out and left the body for my friend. The other story I loved was when the cat brought home a four and a half foot snake! My cats are so afraid of anything that moves like a snake, I can't get over that this cat dragged one home!

My grandparent's neighbor had a master hunter who used to bring something home from the woods at least every other day. He'd either bring it home alive to play with, or bring it home and only eat a little bit of it.

Oh, and my last cat's brother used to bring my aunt grasshoppers with the bodies chewed off. (He was inbred, and dumb as a hoe handle. Eby managed to get all the brains in that womb.) But that was all. No mice, no other kinds of bugs. Just a million grasshopper heads all over her patio.


I've always thought cats hunted because that's how they feel they're giving their part in the human-feline relationship. You provide companionship, and they thank you by offering you food. I'm just glad I've always had indoor cats. I remember when I used to deliver papers, and on Sunday morning I hated walking onto porches and discovering what people's cats had brought home. I doubt I'd have the stomach to bury it.
post #24 of 24
I just surprised Dushka coming in the cat door with a vole in her mouth. I intercepted her on the stairs, we had a tussle, the vole escaped and I put Dushka on the balcony while I looked for it. It of course is nowhere to be seen and there is a frantic angry cat giving me evil looks and trying to get back in. When I gave up trying to find it I let her back, and she went into a frenzy of looking, while I tried to follow her, but the vole is naturally lying low. I am not sure if I want her to find it first or me! And I don't know if it is injured so it may be dead when we do get it. As if I don't have enough to worry about.
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