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NancyJ 06-01-2014 10:18 AM

Ok...not going to really be able to stop this
so what do I look for? Jangles the cat is killing about 3 chipmunks and several voles, deer mice, shrews etc. a day. We just saw her rubbing all over Beau after she presented him with a dead shrew. And he is obliging her by eating her kill.

What should I watch for? We don't use lawn chemicals of any type and I am pretty sure the next door neighbor does not either ..........most of her hunting is in my backyard and at the woodline anyways.

Jax08 06-01-2014 10:21 AM

You might have to deworm them periodically. Not sure what you could do about making sure the 'kill' hasn't been poisoned. That would be my main concern.

They won't eat voles. Don't' think they eat moles either but can't remember.

DutchKarin 06-01-2014 10:38 AM

Yeah, if you are pretty certain the cat is killing and the quarry is fresh, the biggest risk is internal parasites. Symptoms: diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, weight loss.

Ahh... they are always so proud about the whole thing. At least Jangles is killing. I used to have a cat that brought her quarry in live and put it my deep soaking bathtub for fun and games and then leave it there for it to freak me out. I swear cats love doing that kind of thing... freaking others out. Sociopaths!

Good luck

NancyJ 06-01-2014 10:44 AM

Yep. Well Beau mouthed it a bit, then did actually did NOT eat it. I am just fine with that! Honestly she is really doing her job and we have to make sure we monitor her coming inside. She likes to play with her food like most cats.

The chipmunks are a REAL problem for us so I am very happy with her performance.

llombardo 06-01-2014 10:59 AM

Aren't shrews poisonous on their own? I thought I read that they are toxic somewhere or maybe someone told me that?

sehrgutcsg 06-01-2014 11:04 AM

So, you have a problem with your Shutzhund Kitty Cat. I see no problem, close off the doggy door so she presents the kills outside. You have a working cat, feed her well, love her, when this activity ceases than you have a worry on your hands.

Go Jangles !

NancyJ 06-01-2014 12:29 PM

LOL you got the name thing :).....Beau + Jangles = Bojangles.

Oh, she is presenting outside. Beau is outside during the day for heat acclimatization. As much as she wants to hunt at night, we normally bring her in at night and send her out during the day. Chipmunks are diurnal ...........She is a goooood kitty. When we got her at the shelter we said we wanted an inside/outside cat. She is great. A real loving cat but a serious hunter.

I just know rodents can carry lepto. Cats are pretty immune but not dogs as much.....And, of course, various parasites.

NancyJ 06-01-2014 12:32 PM

Chip18 06-01-2014 12:44 PM

Yeah I have one of those psycho cats also he killed a baby bunny the other day! :( Did not know it was in the yard! Six foot enclosed fence, he kills lizards mice and birds.

Brings them to the back door to show off!

scarfish 06-01-2014 12:57 PM

you could just keep the cat inside. every study shows on average indoor cats live longer healthier lives. our cat was an outside cat for years when we stopped letting her out. took about a week of her crying by the door to get over it. now it's like she never was an outdoor cat and we don't have to worry about sicknesses, injuries and all the nasty things they can get into outside.

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