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Take my vole, please!

  1. Jul 7, 2008 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    My office kitty, bun, has a long history of bringing me dead things as a gift, but today was a first. She came in with an exceptionally large vole, which she would normally kill and leave on the floor by my chair as an offering. But apparently she was bothered by the fact that I didn't pick it up, so she flipped up into my lap! :bugeye:
     
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  3. Jul 7, 2008 #2
    The fact that you can tell a mouse and a vole apart is impressive (to me). You have the only cat I have ever liked (as much as you can like an animal through stories you hear online).
     
  4. Jul 7, 2008 #3
    We used to live on San Juan Island in the Puget Sound, and our cats always brought voles in. Well, my mother, not knowing better, always took the fresh ones when she went to drop me off at my babysitters in the early morning, and they had a large snake that she'd give the vole too. Eventually, she ended up telling the 'sitters, and they told her that voles are poisonous, which came as a surprise.
     
  5. Jul 7, 2008 #4

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    She must think you need a good meal!

    Sweet Miss Phoebe always leaves the head on our front porch...and some greenish, tubular organ. Sometimes the butt but she usually eats that too.
     
  6. Jul 7, 2008 #5
    Errr ummm no thanks, I think I'll pass on this vole. I had a pretty big dinner.
     
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  8. Jul 7, 2008 #7

    Ivan Seeking

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    Yes, normally I get the heads of voles and the decapitated bodies of mice. Moles are left whole, and apparently shrews are claw-licking good to the last dropping...but some are left and dried for shrew jerky.
     
  9. Jul 7, 2008 #8

    Ivan Seeking

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    That reminds me of a guy who once dreamt that someone was screaming. As he awoke, he realized that his cat had brought him breakfast in bed, though not quite dead.
     
  10. Jul 7, 2008 #9
    Dog Cat Rat Interaction

    My cat Buddy came scrambling through the doggie door one evening holding a large pack rat by the back of the neck. Buddy dropped the rat on the floor of the den. I stood there and watched for the action because pack rats have a way of playing possum that can fool even an experienced domestic hunter.

    At that time my dog Blanca approached and watched the cat watch the rat. Buddy the cat watched the rat and the dog. The rat sensed a chance to escape and made a dash for the living room.

    The dog got there first and grabbed the rat by the back of the neck. Blanca came back out into the den and put the rat back down on the floor. Now the cat was watching the dog watch the rat.

    The rat once again decided to make a run for it. Buddy the cat got there first this time and caught the rat and then plunged quickly back out through the doggie door.

    The whole event played out in just about 30 seconds. Afterwards my brother in law and I laughed hilariously.

    I would have loved to have gotten that action on video.
     
  11. Jul 7, 2008 #10

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    Edward, you may not believe this but I witnessed the same behavior in my old kitty (passed on now) Mr Jones, and our old dog (with us no longer, either) Chester! I described it to my niece who's a veterinarian. She said it's textbook mom-cat-teaching-youngster-how-to-kill behavior. Only the youngster is a dog many more times bigger than the kitty.

    I'll never forget the intense interest on Chester's face as he got his lesson...total focus!
     
  12. Jul 7, 2008 #11
    WOW that is it exactly:smile:
     
  13. Jul 8, 2008 #12

    Ivan Seeking

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    I heard recently that this is what cats are doing when then bring live prey into the house. They are trying to teach us! Apparently, cats think we are quite stupid. :biggrin:

    btw, Bun does like to toss things about a bit while she's killing them. I assume this was just a "lucky" toss.
     
  14. Jul 8, 2008 #13
    My cat used to bring dead birds/field mice into the house. Then shed push it around with her paw and scoot it around a bit just to make sure it was dead. Hahah.

    When she got the hunger for blood she'd go...........memememememwwmmemewmwe......memewwmeemwwemmweemwwem.....mewmemwmemwemwmeww.......like she was laughing.
     
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