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Old December 17th 13, 07:48 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
Nik Simpson[_2_]
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Last night, Tasha and I engaged in a battle of wills. She wanted to eat
her freshly caught mouse in the comfort of a warm house, I want to take
it away from her. She tried to sneak it in four times in 30 minutes,
without succeeding and promptly went back outside. On the fifth occasion
I won, sadly the mouse wasn't so fortunate. If you want to see a picture
of Tasha...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/11423836165/

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Old December 17th 13, 10:00 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
Christina Websell
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"Nik Simpson" wrote in message
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Last night, Tasha and I engaged in a battle of wills. She wanted to eat
her freshly caught mouse in the comfort of a warm house, I want to take it
away from her. She tried to sneak it in four times in 30 minutes, without
succeeding and promptly went back outside. On the fifth occasion I won,
sadly the mouse wasn't so fortunate. If you want to see a picture of
Tasha...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/11423836165/

--


I allow Boyfie to eat his freshly caught mice in the house.
No reason not to, there's never any mess. OTOH, if he gets a collared dove,
that's an outside job because of the feathers, he plucks them, eats them,
and leaves the wings and tail. Even though he brings them back to eat in
comfort, not in my house..

Tweed


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Old December 17th 13, 10:18 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
Nik Simpson[_2_]
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On 12/17/2013 4:00 PM, Christina Websell wrote:

I allow Boyfie to eat his freshly caught mice in the house.
No reason not to, there's never any mess. OTOH, if he gets a collared dove,
that's an outside job because of the feathers, he plucks them, eats them,
and leaves the wings and tail. Even though he brings them back to eat in
comfort, not in my house..

Tweed


Trouble is she operates a catch-n-release scheme which has led to mice
living in the house ;-)

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Old December 19th 13, 08:06 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
Christina Websell
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"Nik Simpson" wrote in message
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On 12/17/2013 4:00 PM, Christina Websell wrote:

I allow Boyfie to eat his freshly caught mice in the house.
No reason not to, there's never any mess. OTOH, if he gets a collared
dove,
that's an outside job because of the feathers, he plucks them, eats them,
and leaves the wings and tail. Even though he brings them back to eat in
comfort, not in my house..

Tweed


Trouble is she operates a catch-n-release scheme which has led to mice
living in the house ;-)

--

Ah, she hasn't been taught the "killing bite" Boyfie was useless at it at
first, used to catch and release mice and baby rats in the house. KFC told
him "this is what you do, crunch on the neck"
Worked.
Boyfie would have died without KFC. She hated other cats in her garden but
she allowed him in, hence Kitty's Boyfriend. She led him to the house, he
was a young boycat starving and lost with his hormones. But he was very
afraid to come inside







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Old December 19th 13, 10:18 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
Nik Simpson[_2_]
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On 12/19/2013 2:06 PM, Christina Websell wrote:
"Nik Simpson" wrote in message
...
On 12/17/2013 4:00 PM, Christina Websell wrote:

I allow Boyfie to eat his freshly caught mice in the house.
No reason not to, there's never any mess. OTOH, if he gets a collared
dove,
that's an outside job because of the feathers, he plucks them, eats them,
and leaves the wings and tail. Even though he brings them back to eat in
comfort, not in my house..

Tweed


Trouble is she operates a catch-n-release scheme which has led to mice
living in the house ;-)

--

Ah, she hasn't been taught the "killing bite" Boyfie was useless at it at
first, used to catch and release mice and baby rats in the house.


Oh no, she can kill them when she wants to, she just likes to save them
for a rainy day sometimes ;-)

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Old December 19th 13, 11:04 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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On 12/19/2013 5:18 PM, Nik Simpson wrote:
On 12/19/2013 2:06 PM, Christina Websell wrote:
"Nik Simpson" wrote in message
...
On 12/17/2013 4:00 PM, Christina Websell wrote:

I allow Boyfie to eat his freshly caught mice in the house.
No reason not to, there's never any mess. OTOH, if he gets a collared
dove,
that's an outside job because of the feathers, he plucks them, eats
them,
and leaves the wings and tail. Even though he brings them back to
eat in
comfort, not in my house..

Tweed


Trouble is she operates a catch-n-release scheme which has led to mice
living in the house ;-)

--

Ah, she hasn't been taught the "killing bite" Boyfie was useless at
it at
first, used to catch and release mice and baby rats in the house.


Oh no, she can kill them when she wants to, she just likes to save them
for a rainy day sometimes ;-)

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Nik Simpson


Fortunately I haven't had any mice in my house in a long time. I
guarantee you Persia wouldn't know what to do with them. She wasn't
taught how to hunt by a mother cat and not by any other cat, either.

I certainly don't want a mouse infestation in my house. So I'm glad she
doesn't get a chance to bring them inside.

Jill
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Old December 19th 13, 11:13 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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"Nik Simpson" wrote in message
...
On 12/19/2013 2:06 PM, Christina Websell wrote:
"Nik Simpson" wrote in message
...
On 12/17/2013 4:00 PM, Christina Websell wrote:

I allow Boyfie to eat his freshly caught mice in the house.
No reason not to, there's never any mess. OTOH, if he gets a collared
dove,
that's an outside job because of the feathers, he plucks them, eats
them,
and leaves the wings and tail. Even though he brings them back to eat
in
comfort, not in my house..

Tweed


Trouble is she operates a catch-n-release scheme which has led to mice
living in the house ;-)

--

Ah, she hasn't been taught the "killing bite" Boyfie was useless at it
at
first, used to catch and release mice and baby rats in the house.


Oh no, she can kill them when she wants to, she just likes to save them
for a rainy day sometimes ;-)

--
Nik Simpson


That's the way Lindy was. She liked to play with her food, and always
brought it inside so it would have a harder time escaping. I used to keep a
"critter box" handy - a shoe box which I used to try to rescue whatever she
brought it. Most of the birds flew away when I released them. Often the
rodents didn't make it.

Joy



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Old December 23rd 13, 05:45 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
Christina Websell
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"Nik Simpson" wrote in message
...
On 12/19/2013 2:06 PM, Christina Websell wrote:
"Nik Simpson" wrote in message
...
On 12/17/2013 4:00 PM, Christina Websell wrote:

I allow Boyfie to eat his freshly caught mice in the house.
No reason not to, there's never any mess. OTOH, if he gets a collared
dove,
that's an outside job because of the feathers, he plucks them, eats
them,
and leaves the wings and tail. Even though he brings them back to eat
in
comfort, not in my house..

Tweed


Trouble is she operates a catch-n-release scheme which has led to mice
living in the house ;-)

--

Ah, she hasn't been taught the "killing bite" Boyfie was useless at it
at
first, used to catch and release mice and baby rats in the house.


Oh no, she can kill them when she wants to, she just likes to save them
for a rainy day sometimes ;-)

LOL! Check her mouth when she wants in, but you should know by her mowling
noise that she has prey.
Boyfie always kills his prey before it gets to the house now phew but when
he was younger that was not always the case. He used to rush home with what
he'd caught and a few times he released a young rat or mouse alive which
immediately legged it under the freezer.
He doesn't do it now. He does bring his prey back to me but it is deceased.
I would like to program him not to catch birds, but I can't. He's 11 now so
only the birdies who can't take off from the ground in time to get up high
enough to avoid him are likely to to be caught, this is mainly pigeon-type
birds like collared doves. Boyfie can still spring 4 feet into the air
after them and he is often faster than they can take off.

It's not like I want him to do it, but he's a cat and *he* wants to do it.

Tweed






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Old December 18th 13, 01:09 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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"Christina Websell" wrote in message
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"Nik Simpson" wrote in message
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Last night, Tasha and I engaged in a battle of wills. She wanted to eat
her freshly caught mouse in the comfort of a warm house, I want to take
it away from her. She tried to sneak it in four times in 30 minutes,
without succeeding and promptly went back outside. On the fifth occasion
I won, sadly the mouse wasn't so fortunate. If you want to see a picture
of Tasha...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/11423836165/

--


I allow Boyfie to eat his freshly caught mice in the house.
No reason not to, there's never any mess. OTOH, if he gets a collared
dove, that's an outside job because of the feathers, he plucks them, eats
them, and leaves the wings and tail. Even though he brings them back to
eat in comfort, not in my house..

Tweed


You're lucky about the mice. Lindy (RB) used to eviscerate them and leave a
bloody mess. I know what you mean about the birds, though.

Joy


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Old December 18th 13, 01:50 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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Christina Websell wrote:

"Nik Simpson" wrote in message


Last night, Tasha and I engaged in a battle of wills. She wanted to eat
her freshly caught mouse in the comfort of a warm house, I want to take it
away from her. She tried to sneak it in four times in 30 minutes, without
succeeding and promptly went back outside. On the fifth occasion I won,
sadly the mouse wasn't so fortunate. If you want to see a picture of
Tasha...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/11423836165/


I allow Boyfie to eat his freshly caught mice in the house.
No reason not to, there's never any mess. OTOH, if he gets a collared dove,
that's an outside job because of the feathers, he plucks them, eats them,
and leaves the wings and tail. Even though he brings them back to eat in
comfort, not in my house..


I certainly understand not wanting live mice running around the house (or
in the case where Smudge brought a live mouse in, it ran behind the couch
and died there, and I didn't find it for a few weeks). But I don't have a
strong need to rescue the mice, cute as they are. Cats have been catching,
killing and eating rodents for longer than human beings have been in
existence. Who am I to mess with that? If a cat seemed to be torturing the
mouse as a game, then I would probably try to rescue it, but I haven't had
to deal with that (so far!).

It probably wasn't just comfort she was after, by bringing the mouse
inside. I think cats have an instinct to bring their catch into their
cave or other hiding place, where other predators would be less likely to
try to take it away from them. Oh, the irony - she brings the kill to the
safety of home, only to have her human take it away from her. And you're
not even in competition with her for the prey!

Tasha is very colorful, sleek and pretty. And her eyes look really wild
in some of the shots.

--
Joyce

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