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    Charlie
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    Hi all,

    I had a wee look through the older topics, but I didn’t have much joy.

    My friend recently found and took in a stray cat. He’s approx. 4/5 months. When she found him, the vet she took him to said that he was very thin.

    She apparently hadn’t filled the bowl promptly in the morning. The little one promptly went out, caught a big rabbit, dragged it all through the house and ate it’s head. They have another outdoor/indoor cat but she doesn’t how to catch things. The issue of dealing with creature corpses is new. If he’s taking in rabbits now, what’s he going to take down when he’s grown? Someone’s pet dog? Deer!?

    What to do?…..

    #833435

    pussigato
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    ha, ha, ha! I’m sorry Charlie but your telling was so funny.

    Anyway, This is the problem-the kitten is stray, he learned to fend for himself. Your friends’ resident cat hasn’t had to fend for herself so she doesn’t bother catching food.

    I would say to make sure the food bowl is full but I suspect that as long as he can go outside, the behavior will continue. As wonderful as your friend is sometimes a stray is a stray. Is the stray in tact? In many cases have a cat neutered/spayed can modify aggressive behavior. I’ve provided a link on feral/stray cats. She should be able to find a contact.

    She can bury the corpses away from nearby places or toss them as she would any other “trash.” I’m pretty sure he won’t take down a cat or small dog but it would be good to have him fixed.

    http://www.feralcatsireland.org/Feral_Cats/Spay_that_stray.html

    Good Luck
    PG

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    Moonshadow_NZ
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    Charlie I love the way you told that story, humour for a serious topic.
    Where I live(New Zealand) cats are indoor/outdoor as there aren’t any nasty predators and I have experienced mice,rats and rabbits along with birds all being dragged into the house by young cats. I have found that by taking away any ‘kill’ be it alive or dead immediately and showing vocal and facial displeasure that the cat will get the message. It will take perseverance and some time and requires making sure the cat is suitably fed. Your friend may have to deal with mortally wounded animal humanely(never an easy or nice task) and release the live victims. I have trained all out cats this way and I can quite happily feed the birds while my cat Shadz sits barely six feet away ignoring the birds. I still allow her to catch mice and have taught her to eat them quickly and not just walk off from them when the playing is done with. It may seem horrible but even pets shouldn’t waste their food especially when it was so recently living.
    PG also gave you some great advice too.

    #833445

    Charlie
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    Thanks guys. I’ll tell her. 😀

    She’s had outside/inside cats all her life, but she says that mostly they’d just get little birds or rodents. She’s never had to deal with anything larger, and mostly it was just hunting for fun, not to eat. Finding it had been dragged through the cat flap, blood all through the house, added to the horror. He’s still so little, I must say I’m impressed that he managed…..

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