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Sun May 31, 2020, 08:26 AM

A bad omen?

This morning I woke up to find what looked like a little ball in the middle of the rug in front of my sofa. I knew it wasn't a ball, but I still kinda hoped it was a ball.

It was the head of a small bird. UGH. There was no other trace of it, other than the head. No feathers around it. So I'm guessing it was killed and eaten outside, and the cat that did it brought the head in to send me some sort of message.

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Reply A bad omen? (Original post)
Rorey May 2020 OP
Frustratedlady May 2020 #1
Rorey May 2020 #6
Frustratedlady May 2020 #11
Rorey May 2020 #13
irisblue May 2020 #2
Rorey May 2020 #4
irisblue May 2020 #5
Rorey May 2020 #7
Zoonart May 2020 #3
Rorey May 2020 #8
Zoonart May 2020 #10
dixiechiken1 May 2020 #14
pansypoo53219 May 2020 #9
Rorey May 2020 #12
The Velveteen Ocelot May 2020 #15
Rorey May 2020 #16
Bluepinky May 2020 #17
Rorey May 2020 #18
Midnight Writer May 2020 #19

Response to Rorey (Original post)

Sun May 31, 2020, 08:28 AM

1. It's a gift. You should be appreciative and show your pleasure. The cat is waiting...just sayin'.

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #1)

Sun May 31, 2020, 08:39 AM

6. I don't know

If the whole bird was there, I might think that. But it was just the head.

And the star hunter, the mama cat, just came in and looked all over the house, so I'm guessing she wants it back. Maybe she was just saving it for later, or maybe it was for her "kittens". Those "kittens" are now two years old, but she still seems to think she has to take care of them. The rubbing up against my legs is kind of annoying.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #6)

Sun May 31, 2020, 08:50 AM

11. Years ago, I had a friend who took in a puppy. They lived on the edge of town with a cornfield at

the outer edge of their lawn.

One day, she was carrying a laundry basket of sheets to hang on the clothesline, took one step and rolled down the steps. Her puppy had been hunting in the cornfield and brought her a gift of field mice and laid them in front of the door. Needless to say, she had more than a few bruises.

Since I feed the birds, I have some fly into my windows or sliding glass doors almost daily and are either stunned from the collision or die. A neighborhood cat comes by each day and checks to see if there are any casualties.

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #11)

Sun May 31, 2020, 08:59 AM

13. I used to have that problem

I hung a couple of those whirly things from the eave in front of my patio doors and haven't had any birds fly into them in a couple of years.

Actually, I kind of feel like there are a lot fewer birds around. so that might be a factor too.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Sun May 31, 2020, 08:29 AM

2. My bipeds do not know how to hunt, I'll teach them😻

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Response to irisblue (Reply #2)

Sun May 31, 2020, 08:35 AM

4. bipeds?

?

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Response to Rorey (Reply #4)

Sun May 31, 2020, 08:36 AM

5. The 2 legged servants to 4 legged cats

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Response to irisblue (Reply #5)

Sun May 31, 2020, 08:40 AM

7. LOL, yeah

Yeah, I guess that's what we humans are to them.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Sun May 31, 2020, 08:30 AM

3. Uh oH...

Better put Johnny Fontane in the picture.

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #3)

Sun May 31, 2020, 08:42 AM

8. I try to not be superstitious, but......

I think I better keep my guard up.

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #3)

Sun May 31, 2020, 08:46 AM

10. I once had a cat of mine

leave a dead mouse in my sneaker. It is tribute for you. "Just doing my job, Mom"
I also once found a mouse head in my driveway.... could not help but think of The Godfather. LOL

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #3)

Sun May 31, 2020, 09:09 AM

14. That's funny!

I kept thinking hey, at least you didn't find it in your bed!
🤣🤣🤣

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Sun May 31, 2020, 08:45 AM

9. my grandparent's cat always shared her moles/mice w/ us.she fed us well.

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Response to pansypoo53219 (Reply #9)

Sun May 31, 2020, 08:55 AM

12. I've tried, but I'm not thankful

I've explained to her that I'm a vegetarian, but just like my ex-husband, she doesn't get it.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Sun May 31, 2020, 09:50 AM

15. Beats heck out of a horse's head in your bed.

But you probably wouldn't have a cat who was capable of doing that.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #15)

Sun May 31, 2020, 10:01 AM

16. LOL, I hope not

I'd be afraid to go to sleep.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Sun May 31, 2020, 10:51 AM

17. Maybe put bells on your cat's collar to help save birds?

Cats are major predators of birds, which is one reason their numbers are dwindling.

And this is nesting season, a lot of mama birds getting food for babies, so if mama is killed, babies die too.

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Response to Bluepinky (Reply #17)

Sun May 31, 2020, 01:38 PM

18. Collars on cats

I'm sure some cats do just fine with collars, and I know about breakaway collars, but I don't feel comfortable putting a collar on the mama cat because I'm still afraid she'll get hung up on a fence somewhere. (Maybe it's the memory of seeing a neighbor's dog hanging from their fence a lot of years ago. She was a aggressive pit bull, and I was scared to death to have to go into their back yard and help get her down. She survived, and didn't bite me.) Her "kittens" are two years old, and are not touchable because she kept them hidden for two months. I had to trap them to get them spayed/neutered. I tried in vain for several months to tame them, and now we just sort of have an understanding. They hang out around me because they feel confident that I'm not going to try to touch them. I'd have to sedate them to put a collar on them, so that's not happening.

I've been reading contrasting views on the effects of cats on the bird population. The thing is, cats are natural predators, and birds are their prey, along with some creatures I'd rather not have around. It's not an endearing feature of cats that they hunt birds, but it's a reality. Honestly, it's one of the reasons that I really didn't want to once again be a cat owner. I didn't choose it. It chose me.

My neighbor has told me numerous times that she's happy to have this cat family in the neighborhood because it takes care of the mouse population. I'm pretty sure that the mama cat had hidden the kittens in her yard, and they still hang out there a lot of the time entertaining my neighbor with their antics. They're all fixed, so we don't have to worry about increasing the cat population, and the one male doesn't spray. Apparently getting him neutered before he matured was a big benefit in that respect.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Sun May 31, 2020, 04:30 PM

19. I once had a tom cat and a swinging cat door for him. He would bring in several mouse heads a day.

He would leave them lined up in a neat row on the foot of my bed. Just the heads.

When I would get home from work, he would greet me at the door and lead me to his gifts.

Then he would strut around, tail straight in the air, making purring mewls, rubbing against my legs.

He was so proud of his trophies.

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