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post #31 of 47
Yes, this is shocking. But cats are predators, with very strong instincts. Last fall, my kitten accidentally caught his leg in the leg of a table I have at home, severing his paw in two. It was horrible, and the poor littly thing was howling in horrible pain when I got home after work. His mom did not seem to know what to do. When I liberated the kitten from the table leg, he limped to my bathroom on three legs. While I was making a call to the vet, his mother just went ... to eat, ignoring her kitten completely. I was on shock and very angry at her. But was later told at the shelter (I was their foster mom), that this is instinct and seeing what had happened to the kitten and knowing he was dying, she had to leave him as she could not do anything for him anyway, and to avoid attracting 'predators' that could harm her, by being to close to her dying and bloody kitten. This is pure instinct, just like your cat who ate live the rabbit, even if this cat is usually very affectionate, just like the female cat. I have since adopted her.

Regards,
N.
post #32 of 47
Just to add that the kitten had to be put to sleep forever, his injury was too severe and would have required amputation up to the hip as necrosis had damaged the tissues irreversably up to there. I still think about it everday. This happened the week before my own mother had major heart surgery. We were not sure she would come out of it. The worst fall in my life, really
post #33 of 47
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Originally Posted by Arlyn
Yes, that's gross, been there done that.
Though I would think quickly breaking it's neck might have been better.
I think so too. I don't think I could have done either though. (I guess I would have turned a blind eye and let nature do it's thing and left the cat to it's victory (probley just as bad, but I am a coward I couldn't have killed the bunny ) This is why I am glad my cats are inside kitties, and even if a mouse jumped in their mouths they would probley be too lazy or docile to acually bite down (I have ragdolls )
post #34 of 47
Wow, I would probably throw up!!!
post #35 of 47
My oldest cat (now 12) loves to go hunting, and usually leaves us a lizard, a vole, or a chipmunk. When we had lived in this house a few years, I commented to my husband that for having a rainwater creek behind our house, it was odd that I hadn't seen a single frog, toad or tree frog. The next day, Tweety was doing that "Come see what I brought you (and check before you open the door )" meow, and she had brought me a good size frog without a mark on him and plopped him on the doormat like "There ya go, Mom! And this is the only one she has ever brought me, still. Sometimes I wonder about that cat! She's also the only cat who tries to comfort me when I cry .

Our longhaired Calico brought me a HUGE LIVE BLUEJAY (she had it by the neck about couldn't walk with it ) and was going to bring it in the house to play with. I made her drop it, and it hopped to the deck stairs and flew away. This is the same cat who would bring IN live RATS to teach her kitten and the foster kittens to hunt (end of the pet door!)!

And finally, my white fuzzy cat found where the baby chickadees were learning how to fly, and kept bringing them on the deck to play with (they were fine- I put them in the ficus tree in the sunroom until they recovered (one at a time-by the second one, I guessed what was going on) and she got to spend 3 days in the house while the baby birds learned how to fly!

And by the way, if something needs "put out of it's misery", I call my husband or my dad (is there a chicken smiley? that's me).
post #36 of 47
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Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
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
that's exactly what I would've done. I couldn't kill it at all... besides it was only a leg wound. I dunno...don't animals survive leg wounds?! My LuckyGirl is still kinda wild (she was only taken in 4 weeks ago) and she sees bunnies out the window & goes NUTS!!!! Poking her head at the glass like she's ready to attack! And you should see her go after flies!!!! She won't even let you pet her if there's a fly in the house! She's in serious mode...the ultimate hunter!!!
post #37 of 47
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Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
Wild rabbit cant that be dangerous.
Wild rabbits can carry grubs which when eaten can hop onto the cat and start eating through the skin. Just ask my cat, Piglet.
post #38 of 47
All my cats have been hunters, so far. Even the INSIDE kitties! One of my queens from years ago used to like to bring in her prey (still living and not yet injured, just shocked), when I was sleeping, and kill it near me so I could hear it and she could show me. It was gross, but she was giving me a present! She was always VERY pleased with herself when she had her "gifts".
post #39 of 47
eek! my mother had a similar problem with her one kitty. Jeri is about 8 lbs, 5 years old,and a very petite little cat, and was literally dragging a headless rabbit across the yard (this rabbit was also a wild rabbit, had to have had at least 5 lbs on her, even without the head) honestly, the rabbit was bigger than her! my mother freaked out, shooed her away from the rabbit, picked it up with a large shovel and buried it on the side of the property. little did she know that sneaky little jeri had secretly followed her, saw where she buried it, and within an hour it was dug up and being dragged across the yard again, lol. at that point, my mother gave up, and just watched her. after a few nibbles, then dragging the remains to the doorstep, she was satisfied and left it for my mother to bury it again. I think the cat was just annoyed that my mom wouldn't let her devour and deliver her present!
post #40 of 47
A squirel got into my parents basment and our family cat Rusty got it. We later found what was left and it wasnt a pretty scene. There was an eyeball about three feet from the rest of the body, he ate the head of the squirell and then puked it up and finally he gutted and it and spead the intestines all over the basement. Im not really sure what he was trying to do but it was disturbing and a little funny.
post #41 of 47
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I hate squirrels around my house they make life for my birds HELL they raid the nests, kill the babyies and menace adults in my backyard! Well my newest kitten/cat has discovered them and will RUN straight to the top of a tree in order to try and get one! She has not caught one yet but boy does she put the fear of god into them when they see she can climb just as fast as they can!
post #42 of 47
I dont mind them outside but their a real pain once they get in your walls. My cats LOVE looking at squirels out the window, they meow really loud and swish their tales really fast. Its really funny.
post #43 of 47
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Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
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
Many communities have wildlife rehabilitators that can nurse injured animals back to health or humanely euthanise an animal that cannot be saved. I honestly would not feel comfortable doing it any other way. Several groups I've known worked with local humane societies to make their services more accessable to the public.
post #44 of 47
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Originally Posted by Yorda
Many communities have wildlife rehabilitators that can nurse injured animals back to health or humanely euthanise an animal that cannot be saved. I honestly would not feel comfortable doing it any other way. Several groups I've known worked with local humane societies to make their services more accessable to the public.
I think I will check in to it. I know the shelter said they would but am not sure.
post #45 of 47
My dog got worms after he caught a rabbit in our back yard and pretty much ate it. We were pretty sure the worms came from the rabbit.

Jennie
post #46 of 47
I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have had the nerve to kill the rabbit myself. Eep, it must have been a terrible experience.

If you are concerned your cat might do it again, you could get a noisy bell to put on his collar. That way the prey will be warned off by the sound of him approaching.
post #47 of 47
Also, I just remembered this. I saw on a documentary about cats that the "killing blow", or killing an animal quickly usually by snapping its neck, is a learned skill. Wild cats learn it from their parents and practice it till they master it. In the wild, I don't think you'd see a cat eat an animal alive, unless it was small enough to eat in one or two bites.

People watch domestic cats seeming to "play" with their catches and think it's cruel. But in reality, the cat has hunted this prey probably due to chase instinct. And when it finally caught it, that's when it was kind of like, what do I do now? The cat has a vague idea that this is to be eaten, but a pampered pet isn't going to really know how to go about that. So you get a lot of mauled, half dead or half chewed animals. :/ Don't blame your kitty; he's not done it on purpose, he just didn't know how to kill it properly.
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