Take a good look at this face, it is the face of a mass murderer!
This kitty is our new kitty, we’ve had her since last year August and she’s 1 year old. We have recently re-named her “monster”, “murderer” and “mass murderer”.
Murderer-kitty has now discovered the outside world and has developed a talent and a taste for catching birds! In the past few weeks she has already brought 3 home, clearly not alive anymore. Grown big ones too. She loves prancing around her catches and shows them off gleefully. And she kills baby birds! I bet Francis Dollarhyde, when we finally meet him in “Hannibal”, will be nothing compared to her… Up in the high hedge between our backyard and the neighbors there is a nest of baby birds. Monster-kitty has found a way to climb up in there and apparently dragged two out of the nest and killed them! I didn’t know that that had happened, so when I got home the other day (DH and kids were out) I, in my innocence, let her out into our backyard. A little while later I thought I heard a bell up high in that hedge (we’ve put a little bell on her collar now). So, I searched the hedge and sure enough, there she was hidden in the leaves, ogling the bird’s nest! I didn’t even know she could climb up in there! I had to forcefully chase her out with a broom. Murderer-kitty is now banned from our backyard until the two baby birds that are left have flown… She has also caught a frog here and there. She brought one into the house the other day and when I picked it up with a tissue to throw it in the trash outside, it suddenly jumped away. So yay, that one lived! I had forgotten that frogs tend to play dead…
Our other 10 year old cat never was very efficient in hunting, although in his youth he has caught an occasional frog. He isn’t interested in hunting anymore, he just likes to lie in the sun:
Even my old darling cat, who died at age 17 last year spring, never showed any hunting prowess. She was more of an indoor cat, she’d only go outdoors when we were outdoors with her. She always looked at the world in amazement without any real zeal for hunting (although she did like to catch the in-house mosquitoes in her youth – I was more than fine with that!).
In other words, we are just not used to dealing with a mass-murderer in our house!
So, we now have that little bell fastened to mass-murderer-kitty’s collar in the hopes that that will scare off the birds. Not sure we can do much about the frogs, though. This little kitty is too eager a hunter… I know it’s in a cat’s nature, but she is REALLY eager. I haven’t had a cat like her before and I have no idea about what to do about it… let nature take its course, I guess? And give her a good talking to every day? Maybe she will finally learn that the term “murderer” isn’t supposed to sound endearing at all!