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Sapphire Silk
03-25-2012, 09:13 PM
My kitten is getting all grown up! She was four months when I got her. Now she's almost 15 months old, and seems to have stopped growing. She's not a big cat, and still fairly lean and gangly . . . with just as much energy as ever although she has stopped flying through the air like Superman.

I've been smelling something bad in the kitchen all day. When I looked around, I glanced under the kitchen table at what I thought at first was one of her mouse toys. Taz must have thought it was one of her toys (she has several mice toys, plus a squirrel toy, balls, and the like), and killed it by accident.

I gave her much praise, of course. I haven't had any problems with mice since Jasmine (one of my old cats) killed one a few years ago, but I think they got a little bolder after I lost Stumps (he was definitely a predator when it came to rodents) because Taz was a kitten and inexperienced as a hunter. Hopefully the little buggers will think twice and stay out of my house.

cashierbex
03-25-2012, 09:19 PM
Awww. The most my cat killed was a plametto bug. My other cat, who died a while back, was an out door cat and then we moved to NY fro FL then he moved back down to FL with my grandparents and he became an outdoor cat again and killed a rabbit. I miss him.

fireheart
03-25-2012, 10:05 PM
Our first cat killed crickets. Then ate everything apart from the back legs.

Sapphire Silk
03-25-2012, 10:49 PM
She's a pretty good bug hunter, too. I was a little surprised to see the mouse; haven't had a problem with them in a couple of years.

But she'd be a terror on the small animals in the neighborhood if I ever let her outside: a whole world of self propelled cat toys!

Or at least, that's how she'd see it :rolleyes:

Aethian
03-26-2012, 12:13 AM
Pete was a mole hunter.
Sabrina was a moth hunter.
Chu was a snake killer.
Ming was EVERYTHING.
Halloween was a mouser and a dog pouncer.
Pumpkin was a dairy farm cat, I dunno what all he killed.
Salem was a bird and mouser...
ect ect ect

Not one spider killer in any of my cats.

Kittish
03-26-2012, 05:49 AM
Ginger and Amber are aspiring young hunters. They're both just about right at the 1 year mark, still kittens, but mid to late teens kittens. They're indoor/outdoor cats, since we have dogs and a dog door (no real way to KEEP the cats in the house).

They started off, when it started warming up, with the first bugs to come out, mainly grubs and something that looks like a small black wasp but doesn't appear to sting. Then it was lizards. I actually was able to rescue one lizard that was still very much alive when it was brought into the house. I do hope it survived. I've found several not alive lizards in the house when the kittles lost interest in them. Here lately, it's been kangaroo mice (probably actually kangaroo rats, but they're small enough that I think of them as mice). I've found 3 or 4 of those in the house so far, thankfully all dead. I'm waiting for the first rabbit (we have cottontails and jackrabbits in huge numbers).

And of course, they go after bugs. They LOVE it when I have the porch light on at night. At least the bugs they've figured out are tasty snacks. They don't seem to have worked out yet that the lizards and mice are good to eat.

Scorpodael
03-26-2012, 06:24 AM
I have a cat named Jinx, and she is fast. REAL fast. "Give the chipmunk a 5 second headstart and still catch it to play with it" fast.

Seraph
03-26-2012, 11:37 AM
My heart just about stopped when I saw the thread title....my dog when I was a kid was named Taz, and her first "present" to me was a mouse. Imisshersomuch. ><

lordlundar
03-26-2012, 02:05 PM
She's a pretty good bug hunter, too. I was a little surprised to see the mouse; haven't had a problem with them in a couple of years.

But she'd be a terror on the small animals in the neighborhood if I ever let her outside: a whole world of self propelled cat toys!

Or at least, that's how she'd see it :rolleyes:

No, I think the operative phrase for that is "fast food".:p

taxguykarl
03-27-2012, 05:39 PM
Congratulations to kitty.:grats:

November after Elsie joined us, Mrs. TGK and I were setting up to host Thanksgiving. She pointed towards a corner and yelled, "I told you to get rid of the realistic mouse toys."
I looked close and it was not a mouse toy--it was a real one. Elsie's first confirmed kill.
Good kitty.

Micer
03-27-2012, 06:19 PM
Woot, go kitty!

Mephistopheles is generally a bug hunter, though he brought down a bat once (sadly it didn't live) I also came home to the tile floor once resembling a slaughter-house after one of the feeder mice got out, never found the remains of the mouse. And his worst 'present' was unfortunately one of our baby Ball Pythons escaped and somehow we didn't catch it during the cage count... he kinda brought it to us, dead, poor poor poor snake. Now a days, it's his stuffed beany rabbit he brings to us with his usual 'Hey, pay attention!' mowling.

Faust on the other hand, doesn't do much, other than hold down the floor with his fat butt and do impersonations of sock-puppets when he meows.

Rodimal
03-27-2012, 06:44 PM
Our cat Ninja (our son named him) once caught a bird that was six feet in the air with a standing vertical jump. I've never seen a cat jump so high. It was like "Nah nah you can't get me!" " Wanna bet?" *leap, chomp*

RayvenQ
03-28-2012, 10:38 AM
Our cat Ninja (our son named him) once caught a bird that was six feet in the air with a standing vertical jump. I've never seen a cat jump so high. It was like "Nah nah you can't get me!" " Wanna bet?" *leap, chomp*

I'm 5 foot 7 and my cat often jumps up to my head height when I'm playing with him, has a lot of hang time too while he's up there. :lol:

My cat also graduated hunter school recently, albeit, is was a fly not a mouse or anything.

MaggieTheCat
03-28-2012, 06:35 PM
Two of our younger cats, Pluto and Mint, were having a grand old time with a big old cockroach a couple nights ago.

When Pluto was still a kitten (he's about 2 years old now) two summers ago we were getting tons of little gecko lizard things in our house. They would hang out right outside the front door and whenever we'd open it, one would zoom it. We tried to catch them and let them back out, but we didn't always get them...one time, we had some friends over, and opened the front door to let them in, and a gecko zoomed right in. Pluto was nearby, saw it, and immediately pounced on it and shoved it into his mouth. He chomped on it, then promptly spit it out. My husband ran into the kitchen to grab some paper towels, but by the time he got back, there was nothing left.

Let's see...Ash loves to chase and eat bugs. If we ever get a moth in the house, he's all over it.

Mint, before she adopted us, was a stray/feral girl. We still let her out into the back yard sometimes and we've see her chase and catch all sorts of things...bugs, geckos, even a squirrel once (I bet she had a lot of practice before she came to live with us.) We've found a couple of dead birds and squirrels in our driveway before and suspected they were gifts from her.

Malachi is a mighty sock hunter. He's blind so he has no idea what the fuss about bugs and rodents is, but if he comes across a sock laying on the floor, he will pick it up in his mouth and trot all around the house with it, proud as a peacock.

Victoria J
03-29-2012, 09:11 PM
Congratulations to your kitty !

Ancient Welsh law states her value just doubled. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsh_law#The_value_of_wild_and_tame)(My cat is from Wales, and we told her this when she caught her first mouse).

Beware mousing indoor/outdoor cats. It was brilliant when my Pan caught a mouse that had snuck into my house. It was less good when she got a taste for them and started catching them outdoors and bring them in. And then letting them run up and down my back while I was in bed so she could play with them...

I have also never forgotten the look she gave me when I took the first mouse corpse away from her. The utter betrayal, and clear "I never thought you were the kind of person who'd take another person's mouse" look. You can't just leave them with a rotting mouse though. (Having said that one of my mother's had a dried flattened mouse that he kept hiding round the house).

My mother has Pan's younger brother and all he's ever caught are worms. :p It was a regular thing for months to have to run out and throw worms into the front garden when he brought them in from the back. And you find dried out dead ones looking like sad candy canes around the place.

He does also eat spiders, but watching him eat them is so unpleasant it is worse than dealing with the spider even for a severe arachnophobic like my mother.

Victoria J

Sapphire Silk
03-31-2012, 06:11 PM
My heart just about stopped when I saw the thread title....my dog when I was a kid was named Taz, and her first "present" to me was a mouse. Imisshersomuch. ><

Sorry . . . didn't mean to bring up sad memories. I named my kitten Taz after the Tazmanian Devil because she would spin in circles chasing her tail, and spent all hours of the day and night bounding around my house.

Our cat Ninja (our son named him) once caught a bird that was six feet in the air with a standing vertical jump. I've never seen a cat jump so high. It was like "Nah nah you can't get me!" " Wanna bet?" *leap, chomp*

Taz would do this. It's one of the things about her I fell in love with :)

Congratulations to your kitty !

Ancient Welsh law states her value just doubled. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsh_law#The_value_of_wild_and_tame)(My cat is from Wales, and we told her this when she caught her first mouse).

Beware mousing indoor/outdoor cats. It was brilliant when my Pan caught a mouse that had snuck into my house. It was less good when she got a taste for them and started catching them outdoors and bring them in. And then letting them run up and down my back while I was in bed so she could play with them...

I think Taz was glad I took the mouse away . . . it had started to smell. I must have seen it but thought it was a toy at first . . . her cat toys migrate all over the house so I don't give them any thought. Taz is strictly an indoor cat; I don't allow her outside. My idiot neighbors speed on my street; that's how I lost Stumps last year.

But she's definitely worth far more than four pence :D

Crescent Cat
03-31-2012, 06:27 PM
Reminds me of the time my cat, Shadow, got his first big kill.

He had been roaming around outside for about an hour. I was in the backyard when I saw him jump over the fence with something in his mouth. My first thought was that it was a bird. He took it over to the back door and sat down, dropping what he had in his teeth. I walked over and I was very, very surprised to see what he had returned with.

He had gifted me with a live baby bunny.

How he caught the thing is beyond me. I live in AZ and Shadow is a black cat, so there's no way he could've blended in with the plants. He also had a collar with a bell on it so stealth was not in his favor. Still, he some how managed to snatch up the bunny and bring it back to me.

I let it go, of course, which I think really irritated him. All that work to catch it and I just release it. It was very cute, but I wasn't about to bring it in the house. It came from the desert - who knows what kind of fleas and such it had?

blas
03-31-2012, 06:52 PM
Baby has always been the breadwinner of mouse killing at my parents' house. But, we never had her declawed.

Oddly enough, this past winter was the only one we never had a mouse problem.

When she still lived in the house full time, she killed any mouse before it had a chance to get anywhere. She only missed one, and that was the one that got under the fridge but never got out.

FatCat was alright, but had no front claws and had a bad habbit of dropping the mouse when it would be playing dead, so it would get right back up and go off running again.

I know Tiger is going to be worthless at it. He may be fast for how overweight he is, but he also drops stuff way too much. If his toy mice are any indication, he'll drop them all prematurely and they'll all get away. Hopefully Baby kills them all outside before they can get inside.

Victoria J
04-01-2012, 10:24 AM
But she's definitely worth far more than four pence :D

A lot of inflation between then and now though (and cat inflation is crazy, I got my girl free from a friend of a friend but she came all the way from rural Wales, in London there is no such thing as a free kitten anymore. When people advertise them they are 30 or 40 minimum, with ginger moggies over 80. 10 years ago you regularly saw people giving away free kitties. This is not really a complaint, it's great people are neutering and much better than the other extreme of homeless stray kitties).

But they are pretty much priceless one you get to know them.

It feels really strange to be discussing cats with someone using a name beginning with Pan, as that is my cat's name. My mother sends postcards to me and the cat and it's always my name and P. Endofwordwhichbeginswithpan including P.Acea. My favourite is P.Ty and P.G. though.


I let it go, of course, which I think really irritated him. All that work to catch it and I just release it.

:lol:

My favourite cat disappointment was the large tom cat we had when I was growing up, who once spent about 2 hours wrestling through the cat flap what turned out to be an empty packet that had held fish fingers. He was furious when it was taken away too. My mother actually went out and bought him a packet and cooked him a single fish finger (and we're vegetarian). Of course it was less alarming than the time he turned up with a sausage sandwich with a single bite out of it. Maybe someone bit into it and then threw it away but it was equally likely that he'd ripped it from someone's hand and run off it with.

Victoria J

fireheart
04-01-2012, 01:27 PM
I remember when our first cat caught a bird. I kid you not.

I didn't fully understand what was happening until mum suddenly shoves the cat into my hands and goes to me "Take him into your bedroom quick he's killed a bird!" So I take him in and shut the door, he's pawing at the door and wanting to go outside again. it was somewhat comical at first-he had feathers hanging out of his mouth and blood all around.

Turns out that mum had let him out on his own (which we did for short periods of time-usually around an hour or two) and while he was around, he'd caught a bird, brought it into the house, all the way down to the study and deposited it at mum's feet. Like "I got you a present!" :lol:

For his efforts, mum put him on top of the washing machine and proceeded to wash his face off. :lol:

Sapphire Silk
04-02-2012, 02:06 AM
I've had several cats that did this. Usually they'd bring their present up and drop it at my feet when I let them back in the house.

I had one cat who LOVED subs. I'd sit on the porch eating one end of a 12 inch sub good ness, glance down the length of the sub, and see Sheba munching on the other end.

Fire_on_High
04-04-2012, 04:09 PM
That's adorable!

Mine will try to grab whatever you're eating...and he's quite adept as using his paw as a hand. I can understand him trying to make off with a steak, or a piece of fish....but the last time we made biscuits, he was probing around with that paw trying to snatch half a biscuit.

DeltaSierra
04-04-2012, 07:45 PM
Way to go Taz!! You're a big kitty now :)

My Gypsy would catch mice and leave the heads in my slippers. Truly a joy to discover at 6am.

Treasure
04-04-2012, 07:49 PM
We had a cat, "Squeaks - ninja kitty" she was black, with silver. She would walk along the back fence and taunt Blue-Jays... until they would swoop lower and lower... then she would spring up, and catch one and finish her back-flip into our yard (behind our fence runs a creek - most days actually it crawled, or even sat.... but I digress)

Her mother, Razz, liked to bring the birds into the house - apparently in her advanced years, she decided it would be easier to kill them if they were contained.... she was none too happy with me when I took the Dove back outside after she woke me and a friend up at 430 in the morning; the blue jays tended to try and knock themselves out by going back and forth between the picture windows at the front and back of the dinning room.... we think they were trying to get back outside... it was usually a collaborative effort to get the cat(s) and dogs contained, while dad got the oven mitts to try and catch the bird in his hands and throw it back outside...

when my brother got a boy cat - he apparently saw the wisdom of bringing the birds inside, but he didn't let them get away - instead he left nothing but feathers ALL OVER the dinning room

the dogs we have now - one of them if HE sees it, will go after the big water bugs, but if you try and point it out to him.. no dice >.<

The girl dog - she likes to play with frogs - they apparently are wind up toys for her - she paws them until they hop away, then she chases after them.... and then when they stop, she does it again.... its cute... and as long they stay outside all is well.

taxguykarl
04-05-2012, 03:08 PM
I had one cat who LOVED subs. I'd sit on the porch eating one end of a 12 inch sub good ness, glance down the length of the sub, and see Sheba munching on the other end.Our late tabby, Smokey did that to Mrs. TGK when she ate a tuna melt.:roll: