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the sickest thing i have ever had to do

post #1 of 47
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Hello

Today I caught my oldest cat who is a pervious rescue and is like 11 or 12 years old eating a rabbit while its STILL ALIVE IN my DRIVEway it was the most disgusting site ive ever seen he was chewing his way into the rabbits LEG WHILE IT WAAS STILL ALIVE! I took the rabbit and seeing that the poor thing was behond repair i drowned it to give it the quickest death but god what a horrible thing to do see.


I dont mean to be so explicit but i had Never seen this cat hunt before and i had no idea a cat (WELL FED FAT CAT) Would actually begin eating its prey while its still allive? GOd it was horrific! Im just in shock right now not sure where else to post this has anyone else had similair situations? ITs just hard seeing such a sweet gentle pet act like such a monster
post #2 of 47
I think it's easy for us all to forget that our cats are carnivores. They are also at times, at least how it appears to us, sadists in regards to their prey.

Your cat was doing what his instincts commanded. I am a bit surprised he was able to catch a rabbit. Maybe it was already injured?

Don't hold his behavior against him, it's what they do when left to their own devices.
post #3 of 47
Yes, that's gross, been there done that.
Though I would think quickly breaking it's neck might have been better.
post #4 of 47
One my cats is as old as yours and hasn't caught anything in a couple of years. She used to bring home half-eaten baby rabbits, but I've never caught her in the act of killing.

Kai Bengals is right. Cats have an instinct to hunt and kill even if they're well fed.
post #5 of 47
was it a wild rabbit or someones pet?
post #6 of 47
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it was a total wild rabbit yeah i am suprised he caught it! the only injury i saw on the poor rabbit was the part where my cat was eating away at it. Youd think 6 thousand years of domestication would have a larger effect on their predatory natures?
post #7 of 47
Wild rabbit cant that be dangerous.
post #8 of 47
Sickest thing I saw from my cat was him eating a bird alive...
post #9 of 47
this is gross ... I love Skittles she has give me NOTHING
post #10 of 47
Cats will be cats.
post #11 of 47
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rabbits are at the bottom of the food chain & i really would not consider them dangerous prey dangerous prey would be something like a mink or a possum or a hawk.
post #12 of 47
I meant for the cat might get something from the wild rabbit
post #13 of 47
I know my cat loves me because he leaves dead birds in my drawers
post #14 of 47
I'm lucky, mine just leave me mouthfulls of kibble on my pillow
post #15 of 47
Well Bobber brought a robin in the garage on Wednesday!!! Yuck..
When Sheba was living she was the great rabbit hunter of the bunch. Mainly babies or smaller ones. We used to have a terrible rabbit problem but in the past couple of years a couple of hawks have moved into the area and they are really keeping the rabbit population down!! Bobber who is the only hunter catches lots of voles and meadow mice and an occasional gopher too.
post #16 of 47
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the hawks here are huge and have such audacity I saw a cat (not one of mine) chasing a rabbit trying to catch it the rabbit got away and shortly RIGHT after was pounced on by a red tailed hawk the cat just kinda stood there in shock (Probably jealous) was amazing to see that since a hawk is a natural wild predator
post #17 of 47
rabbits can be dangerous - though it depends on the kind of rabbit. If it's a baby, or a cottontail, they probably don't pose much threat, but if it's anything bigger, watch out! They don't call it "rabbit kicking" for nothing!
I've heard of full grown rabbits or hares eviscerating and killing cats who have attacked them.
When I lived in Arizona, we would have jackrabbits (which are really hares, not rabbits) in the back yard and they were at least as big if not bigger than our cats. I always tried to scare them off if I saw either of my cats stalking them as I'm pretty sure they would come out on the loosing end of that fight.
I am sorry you had to see your cat eating the bunny though. One of our cats brought in the front half of a baby bunny, complete with intestines hanging out. He left in our hallway and I think my mom almost stepped on it! yikes!

~Julia
post #18 of 47
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ive actually seen a few cats kill rabbits the same size of themselves! iTs pretty shocking because almost all the time you bring a big rabbit into the house the cat usually respects it. I just hope that a fox or a mink will pick up and eat it so it doesnt go to waste
post #19 of 47
I don't know... I guess I'm callous or something, but I always thought cats' hunting was pretty amazing. I mean, a rabbit is half the cat's size, and fast too... I used to love watching Skimble (who brought down a mouse as a kitten still being bottle fed) catch flies right out of the air; and Daffy always lined up at least one or two field mice on our doorstep...

Your cat really has been domesticated more than you think; though that's not really a good thing. A truly wild cat would attempt to break the rabbit's neck or bite its throat; at any rate, something more lethal than chewing on its leg. This is because wounded prey--especially larger prey like rabbits, rats, and the larger birds--can be pretty dangerous to a cat. When an animal is fighting for its life, it can hurt a cat surprisingly badly.

Wild cats do leave prey wounded if they are teaching kittens to hunt, though; or if they are inexperienced at hunting.

I never really thought cats were "horrible" for bringing down mice, rats, moles, birds, baby rabbits... I'll admit I've never had to deal with a live bird or adult rabbit; and my cats were generally quite neat about their killing.

Maybe it's because I myself eat meat, and rather enjoy it... so I am a carnivore (okay, omnivore) too.
post #20 of 47
I am not sure I can handler killing the animal even if suffering. I would probably be chicken and take it to the vet to do the deed
post #21 of 47
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i do not feel guilty about some animals that cats kill that are Introduced species but when they kill native species it sucks.


NOTICe how they always kill the animals we dont want them to kILL? I wish mine were able to deal with the grey squirrels that ccome around but ive never seen a cat catch one! They make my life hell
post #22 of 47
no way! squirrells have sharp teeth! they could really hurt a kitties paw.
post #23 of 47
Oh, I don't know about cats only killing the things we don't want them to kill: my own two (indoor) kitties are the only reason we don't have a mouse problem. At my old house, there were four indoor cats and a mouse/vole problem; my boyfriend put traps in our cubby hole (the only place in the house we could be absolutely certain the cats couldn't access), and so for a while we had a competition going to see who could kill the most mice/voles: the traps or the four cats. (The traps won by a narrow margin.) Our cats get a lot of praise and treats for bringing us their kills (or their not-yet-dead victims), because the last thing we want them to do is to find some place to hide them ...

However, while we lived at that place, our roommates had some gerbils (seven or so of them -- the "same sex" pair of gerbils turned out to be male and female, the female got pregnant ... ). We were unaware of the fact that Habitrail is not intended for gerbils (who gnaw on things more so even than hamsters and, apparently, have stronger teeth), so the gerbils escaped. And the cats, being cats, did what cats do best: they hunted and killed the gerbils. I admit, when I first caught Oz with half a gerbil in his mouth, I was pretty disgusted and I had a hard time reconciling my loving, well-fed kitty with the sadistic predator I suddenly perceived him to be. The other cats had always brought me or the other humans their kills, so I wasn't really prepared to see Ozzie in this new light. But I got over it: he's a cat, he did what cats do (and he did it very, very well), and being well-fed had nothing to do with it.

In high school, I had a friend with two indoor/outdoor kitties; the younger cat was an extremely successful hunter. I remember sleeping over at her house one night and waking up to see her fierce huntress kitty sitting in the bedroom window, the butt half of a squirrel hanging out of her mouth ... Good times, good times.
post #24 of 47
I had a truly awful experience with a half dead baby rabbit... my dog was in the back yard laying over the rabbit and the poor thing was SKINNED and its stomach was sliced open, entrails hanging out. It was sick and very, very sad. I still tell myself to this day that my cat was the sadistic beast who injured that rabbit so badly, and my sweet angel dog just went to check it out!

Anyway, I put my cat right by the 1/2 dead rabbit, hoping nature would take its course because I couldn't stand to see it suffer anymore. Of course, my cat was not interested whatsoever, so I made my hubby kill the rabbit the fastest and most humane way I knew possible...

He put it in a bag and ran it over with my car.
post #25 of 47
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To be honest though Id rather have a hunter/huntress then non hunter because mice and rats ALWAYS seem to sneak their way into houses chewing cords spreading hteir crap everywhere making nests etc.... The cats seem to know when the mice are attempting to make nests because they ALWAYS seem to get caught I do not hate mice and rats as an animal but dont want them around they are horrible nest robbers
post #26 of 47
That is really gross!! I don't know what my first instinct would be..to shoo my cat away and try and save the bunny..or congratulate the kitty for the victory!! What a weird situation to see.
post #27 of 47
i have 5 cats live in the country had a bad rodent problem before we got these lovable 5. had another before these but a dog killed her it was only three months we had no cats so the rodents almost took over the oldest of the five geegee is 14 months as of now for about a mile around our place there is no rodents and when one shows up he don't last long. as for rabits i have about 20 cotentails around the place and everynow and then the gang will get one of them. it is normal for them to do this as cats are natural prediters and can turn feral real easy.
as for geegee/tiny/baby/ranger/lovey i don't know what i would do with out them as for why they hunt it is not becaus they are hungry (free fed dry purina along with 9 cans split between them three times a day as soon as they seem to be getting pudgey they will be cut back on the canned food.
post #28 of 47
Ran over with the car I am not sure I could even do that
post #29 of 47
I would say to get your cat to the vet immediately after something like this. Chances are pretty up there that your cat was bitten, especially given the circumstances. When a cat is bitten by a wild animal, usually it is something with pretty small teeth, and the bite will close and be covered by hair, so it is hard to see. When the small wound closes, the bacteria from the wild animals mouth start to multiple under the skin, resulting in an abcess infection. If you can get the antibiotic treatment started right away, an abcess should not develope. Please take your cat to the vet.

Recently my ten year old male, Trixer, caught a gopher and killed it. He did not eat it, he just left it there. It had been digging holes in our yard. I was concerned when I saw him drop it, and my first words were "Oh no, i really hope that didnt bite you..." Sure enough, I was right and it did, but I didnt know until a few days later when he had a lump on his cheek. Apparently, trixter caught it by first grabbing it by the head and it bit him inside his mouth! The doctor had to squeeze the abcess, and then he needed antibiotics. If gone unnoticed, an abcess can be fatal from the infection in the body. Hope this helps.
post #30 of 47
Poor bunny...
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