I went and bought 2 fuzzy mice at the petstore this afternoon, got home with 'em and decided to try to give give them to Slinky in the bath tub. I didn't notice that one of the cats had come in the bathroom too. I put Slinky in the tub and the mice...the next thing I know the cat is in the tub mouse hunting. There are no mice in the tub ..now I am thinking-GREAT..a loose mouse cause I know the cat had one in his mouth, so I start looking for an escaped mouse. I grab the ferret and find the cat....the greedy thing had BOTH mice in his mouth..1 escapes and I catch it and let Slinky kill and eat that one. i almost tried taking the other mouse from the cat...but he saw me coming for him and was crunching the mousie up good...it was gone soon after. Sigh...now I am going to have to get mice for the cats too Lisa G
Post by goingpostal on Oct 9, 2010 16:50:44 GMT -5
Yeah I have to latch the bathroom door and hold it shut and make sure to grab all the dead ones out before reopening because my cat will nab one for sure, she just hangs outside the door scratching and crying instead. Then stares at the ferrets while they eat them, probably weighing her odds.
Merlyn my nasty black kitty learned that by flipping the latches on the mouse bins you got the pick and you could keep going back for more furry food toys even if you lost the first one . He gets to eat frozen mousies too. He much prefers it when the brats hunt and then run out of the bathroom with their fresh kills to stash their food. He will eat them freshly dead. I don't allow him to hunt, except what he catches that's stupid enough to come indoors and then only if he kills and eats it. If he plays with it I will wake up a ferret and let them kill his furry toys. Cats are cruel hunters. ciao
yea I noticed that the ferret killed his mouse with in a few bites...the cat on the other hand randomly bit and held the mouse until it finally died about a minute later. He is a inside/outside cat....so maybe he'll get better a hunting mice, so long as they aren't supposed to be ferret food!
Post by sherrylynne on Oct 10, 2010 15:22:30 GMT -5
Actually, if they are hungry enough, I understand they can and will kill and eat quickly. Otherwise, they prefer to play with their food for a while first. Even with years of experience. I'd not let the cat hunt, to be honest. Although I have no problem at all picturing kitty sitting there, mouth stuffed to overfull with mice, trying to look innocent
I try not to allow Merlyn to hunt, he does but he's an indoor cat, so his hunting is very limited if at all. He's too well fed to make a clean kill. Yes, a cat can be a ferocious killer and every bit as effective as a ferret but I've seen even scrawny old barn cats play with their food . ciao
Post by goingpostal on Oct 10, 2010 19:11:58 GMT -5
Cats are evil predators, my cat will catch any loose mouse, if she's hungry she starts chowing down without killing it first, if she's full she'll carry it around in her mouth, she'll drop it when she gets tired of that but grabs it up again when it runs. She's a great mouser though and good to have in case any of my feeders escape.
Post by bluecoyote on Oct 13, 2010 20:50:00 GMT -5
my cat is next to useless with mice.... (good thing she cant read. thinks she's queen of all she surveys and perfect in every way) the second night we had the ferret i had just let the cat and dog in the house for the night, i was getting ready for bed... when i see something brown scurry across the floor and into my kids bedroom.... so much for going to bed!! i nudged Cinders into the kids room grabbed the fert and plugged up the door with a towel and went mouse hunting - kids didnt wake up once lol i was shoving dressers out into the middle of the floor, moving beds etc. finally found the danged thing hiding IN the dresser. the cat sitting a foot away...... i thought she'd go for it! it was hopping trying to get out of a drawer... then jumped over the edge of the drawer, on her back, ran under her, behind her, between her feet... all the while her head is going all different directions like she was watching a rubber ball bounce around! she didnt even ONCE try to catch it! and the ferret wasnt much help lol she'd never even seen a mouse until then.... but we eventually got it!!
Ferret - 1 Cat - 0
however when we were first given Cinders she was a good little huntress! she brought us a young wild bunny, big barn rats, and even caught a couple of squirrels too young to know better. one i managed to take away from her and it ran away... the other.... well she wasnt about to let me take away another kill! but now that she's grown up i guess she just lost the thrill of the kill....
and i wonder if thats most cats? if they reach a certain age that they just dont feel like it anymore except for the occasional game.. at least thats been my experience with them in the past. as kittens they were murderous little beasties! but as adults.... layabouts hardly worth their kibble lol
eta... i have a big fish tank i use for Sookie when its mousing time first time in it she wanted out until she saw the little squeaker.... second time she knew what to expect... but last week i needed a quick safe place to put her so i could handle something...... poor little thing lol the moment she was put into the tank she automatically started looking for mice! i didnt have any spares to give her though!
Last Edit: Oct 13, 2010 20:52:19 GMT -5 by bluecoyote