Our “Live-In” Predator Hunting

Well, actually this predator lives outside.  He’s the equivalent of a barn cat… except we don’t have any barn!  He has a couple of cushy “cool cat pads” to keep him out of the weather, and he’s also been known to hang out on the bales of hay kept under the quonset hut.

And he is a quite a hunter!  He seems to prefer rodents, which delights me.  Mice, moles, and then, there’s also (and if you’re squeamish about seeing dead things, now’s the time to quit reading/looking!):

cat with rabbit in mouth

The Mighty Hunter

I know, I know, looks kind of pitiful.  I said as much to the Cave Geek.  “Ahhh,” says I, “Spot killed a baby rabbit.  And it was so cute!”

“So is Spot,” says the Cave Geek. “and we’ve got LOTS of rabbits and only one Spot.  Let him enjoy his rabbit.”

Well, since he put it that way. . .

And then The Farmer dared me to put the picture on the blog here.  He figures this is real life, a true picture of life on the farm as it atually happens.  Some people can’t deal with that, and I will no doubt hear about it via comments or email.

Facts are, although I love animals, and I’m a nature lover too, this is just how it is in nature.  Predators have to eat, too.

If you don’t believe me, just watch a few shows on Animal Planet!

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Comments

  1. What’s wrong with an outside cat killing things? – that’s what outside cats do. You can’t stop them, it’s instinct. Our outside “barn cat” used to like to kill birds and snakes. But I haven’t seen him make a kill recently. Congrats on the rabbit, Spot!

  2. Rural Writer says:

    I agree. But with the way it’s been going lately, I’d venture to say I’ll get an email telling me what a terrible person I am for allowing my cat to kill a rabbit!

    • I think you’re doing these whiners a favor. When they have to take a break from real life they can whine about your cat during their therapy sessions. They owe you a thank you.

      • Rural Writer says:

        LOL! Robin, you are a hoot! That’s for brightening my day! I’ll have to remember I’m performing a public service by giving whiners something to whine about! ;-)

  3. No fussing from me. My dear departed Lucky kept our pastures/yard free from rodents. The occasional rabbit would round out his diet, but never saw him kill a bird. That’s where most folks have a problem with outdoor cats.

  4. Rural Writer says:

    Hey Ceecee! A cat that goes after rodents and leaves the birds alone is a treasure, huh? So far, I’ve never seen Spot with a bird either. I wouldn’t be thrilled if I did, but have to say Lynn has it right… it’s instinct, and if they want to hunt, they will. Including birds! I hope he keeps to his “mouse meat” diet. ;-)

  5. C.Paulson says:

    Cats are an invasive species. Bred by man for man’s purposes. They are NOT an indigenous species anywhere on the planet today and have NO PLACE in nature! They have no more right to be out in the natural world than some genetically engineered insect that would devour all life in the countryside. Educate yourselves for once in your miserable cat-loving lives.

  6. Rural Writer says:

    You just won’t give up, will you? What’s this, the 3rd or 4th time you’ve tried posting? Man, you really need to get a life yourself.

    So fine, I’ll leave this one. Get it out of your system dude.

    Here’s the thing, cats serve a purpose on a farm. They help keep down the rodent population. If you would like living in an area overun with rats, fine. I prefer not to.

    Comparing them with a genetically engineered insect is so far out there, it doesn’t even deserve a reply.

    I think maybe YOU are the one who needs an education on life in the REAL world. You obviously haven’t got a clue. I feel sorry for you.

  7. Cat-Nazi says:

    I have killed several cats. I will continue to do so if they are in the wild. They are not indigenous animals and kill a great number of wild animals. Many times just for sport. I can not believe the reaction people have to killing cats! Cats make great pets and should be kept 100% inside. If allowed out they are no longer a pet but a wild beast. Fair pray for killing. Whats also bizarre lately is peoples total ignorance of how many diseases and insects that wild animals harbor. Lice, ticks, fleas and worms to name a few. Plus the numerous diseases. Your cat can bring you all those wonderful things and more! My wife and I call all the people who can not see the beast under the soft fur “Cat Nazi’s”.

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