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I received two "gifts" today . . .

post #1 of 14
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. . . and I'm not very happy about it. Maybe it is not fair to accuse her without evidence, but I strongly suspect that Sheba was the guilty party.

I found a red crossbill near my back steps about noon. Then about 5:00, I went into the garage and found a little brown bird (some type of sparrow maybe) by the back steps, still warm. I'd only come in for a break from my yard work and the "gift" was delivered while I was inside.

I've had Red Cat for six years. The first year, he brought me a bird, I scolded him, (I know many here would say I shouldn't have done that), he released it and it flew away, and he has never brought me another. I've had Purdy four years. He never brought me a "gift." In the past six years I also found one dead bird in the yard, and the next door neighbor said he found one last year. Of course, there are occasional stray cats going through, so it isn't certain that Purdy or Red Cat were responsible for those, but they probably were. So maybe three birds in six years, unless some were left laying in the woods.

But now - two birds in one day! Too much! I don't have six bird feeders in my yard just to lure the creatures to their death! I've only been letting Sheba out the past couple of months, but I'm beginning to think I'll have to confine her again. She must be a super hunter, because there have been days she hasn't wanted breakfast, lunch or dinner, yet she isn't losing any weight. I've only seen her with rodents before, though.
post #2 of 14
Awww. Poor birdies! It's something that cats do though.
post #3 of 14
She must be a PETA member.

Pussycat Eating Tasty Avians.

Oh I'm so bad. I'm sorry lord and be with the starving pygmies down in New Giunea. Amen
post #4 of 14
You say that she must be a good hunter, and the pic in your siggy shows her sitting proudly over her feather toy.......
post #5 of 14
OMG, y'all r killing me

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Originally Posted by BigKittenDaddy
She must be a PETA member.

Pussycat Eating Tasty Avians.

Oh I'm so bad. I'm sorry lord and be with the starving pygmies down in New Giunea. Amen
post #6 of 14
Oh, what a mighty little hunter you have to present you with her prey as a gift. I agree that keeping Sheba inside would be an excellent solution. If you do choose to continue allowing her out, you may want to get her a collar with a bell to help alert the birds before she can get them.
post #7 of 14
Bells don't work. Birds don't know bells, and if you ever watch a cat stalking a bird, they do it so slowly a bell doesn't have time to ring. Keep her inside if you don't want her bringing you trophies. It is an honor that she does this- brings them to you. She is sharing her bounty with you and only a well-fed cat can hunt effectively.
post #8 of 14
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I had intended to keep her as an inside cat originally, and did so (to the best of my ability) for the first seven months or so. But that little rascal got so good at escaping that I finally gave up. The problem was usually that when I tried to let Red Cat or Purdy back in, they would, as cats are inclined to do, take their time about it. Invariably, Sheba would come out of nowhere and jump right over them as they took their time coming in.

Sheba, no doubt, honed her hunting skills while she was with that large starving colony. I'm a little reluctant to put a bell on her, as that could work both ways. It could increase the chance that she becomes coyote prey. Usually she is pretty good about getting home before dark when the risk is greatest, but one just never knows.
post #9 of 14
Keeping her inside might not even prevent her from getting birds. Jamie uses the back balcony, which is secured with a cat net that is seven feet high. A bird managed to land on the balcony, and was "toast". I've often thought that females are better hunters than males - at least ours were.
post #10 of 14
Yes females excel in hunting. That's how they and their litters survive.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by jcat
Keeping her inside might not even prevent her from getting birds. Jamie uses the back balcony, which is secured with a cat net that is seven feet high. A bird managed to land on the balcony, and was "toast". I've often thought that females are better hunters than males - at least ours were.
This is totally off the topic, I just wanted to say - Jcat it is amazing how much your kitty looks like my Max WOW....
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by BigKittenDaddy
I'm sorry lord and be with the starving pygmies down in New Giunea. Amen

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by DaiDreamer
This is totally off the topic, I just wanted to say - Jcat it is amazing how much your kitty looks like my Max WOW....
Their "stripes" are almost exact.
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Originally Posted by hissy
Yes females excel in hunting. That's how they and their litters survive.
I think ZsaZsa's female side is predominant (she's a spayed and castrated hermaphrodite). I'm still amazed that she managed to kill the marten that was chewing up everybody's cars. She's only 6 lbs., and that marten was 9 or 10 lbs., with very sharp teeth.
post #14 of 14
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Part of the difference in my furbabies may also be age. Sheba is only about two years old, but the boys are both about nine now. Purdy may spend almost all day outside, but three-fourth of that time, he's just sleeping on the front porch. I don't know where Red Cat goes when he is out, but I have a hunch he is sleeping under a bush somewhere when he stays out more than half an hour. And Red Cat hasn't been spending that much time out any more. He loves to go out first thing after breakfast in the morning, but has been under the weather lately and spends most of his time sleeping inside.
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