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Stopping cats from bringing prey indoors

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villagecorner Thu 30-Oct-14 19:54:19

How can I stop my cats from doing this? They wear quick release collars with bells already and are kept in from around 6 PM until it's light in the morning, around 7.30 AM. I had a dead mouse last night and a live one tonight which I spent an hour trying to catch. We've also had other mice, frogs and a slow worm in the last couple of months. I don't want to keep coming home to the bodies. Are my only options to lock them out all day or shut them in all day?

DrSeuss Thu 30-Oct-14 20:24:05

They are cats. That's what they do!

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 30-Oct-14 21:38:51

Well it's sort of what they do really.

You are doing anything you can do.

TalkinPeace Thu 30-Oct-14 21:51:56

They are cats.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 30-Oct-14 21:58:04

Was very impressed by the slightly traumatised wood pigeon our cat brought in. She had to get it through three cat flaps!

juneybean Thu 30-Oct-14 22:00:04

Its a gift!

TalkinPeace Thu 30-Oct-14 22:03:11

Itsallgoing Your cat really, really loves you DS and DD are impressed grin

Catsmamma Thu 30-Oct-14 22:04:14

this is why we have never got around to putting a cat flap in the kitchen door....we have a porch, window always open if cats are out, so they can get back in, but any dead/half dead stuff stays out there.

if we're in, the top half of the kitchen door is usually open too, but then you hear them announcing if they have something and slam the top door shut

DraaaamaghAlpacaaaagh Thu 30-Oct-14 22:04:22

Yesterday morning I woke up to a decapitated mouse on the hall rug, and a very traumatised live wren flying around the kitchen. Mice I don't mind too much, but I was almost as upset about the wren as I was last winter when I found the robin from our garden lying dead on the doormat sad

It's the only thing I dislike about cats.

JuxtheDaemonVampire Thu 30-Oct-14 22:28:06

My mum used to awaken to the delight of rat's heads on her pillow.

One cat I had used to bring in worms and put them down just where my bare feet hit the floor when getting out of bed (mmmmm, lovely). Another would bring me lumps of bread put out for the birds, and leaves in Autumn - lots and lots of leaves. Both those cats are from the time I lived in central London so the prey:cat ratio was different; hence fewer birds, mice etc, and more strange stuff (a whole fish fillet once).

They are cats. You may as well let them in and out all night as you'll never stop them. Or move to a very urban area with trees. The leaf thing was delightful and hilarious.

RubbishMantra Fri 31-Oct-14 00:49:14

MCat presented me with 4 dead stoats (yes really) over 2 days once.

Since he's been a town-cat, I've had 2 mice (one dead, one alive) and a frog. The frog screamed, I never knew they did that. but I do now

Lovethesea Fri 31-Oct-14 10:16:51

I get daily mice, shrews, birds and a whole large rat recently. Huntercat has also brought home rabbits, pigeons and unknowns where the entrails were unidentified.

Actually the greater problem is Feistycat who has watched him, learnt how to catch mice but won't eat them so let's them go in my bedroom where they run under the king size bed and pee and poo while we try and get them out with cereal boxes and broom handles.

I prefer the dead bodies. Far easier to deal with.

Coolas Fri 31-Oct-14 10:23:59

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Coolas Fri 31-Oct-14 10:25:01

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Lovethesea Fri 31-Oct-14 12:56:25

One theory is that they think you are a really bad hunter and will starve. So they bring you things to practise on.

shaska Fri 31-Oct-14 13:33:58

Our old cat, a very competent hunter, top quality scavenger and beggar, and all around absolute pig, was quite.... rotund. Quite rotund indeed.

At some point, he realised that once he got his paws on a rat or mouse, simply settling his vast weight down upon the wee creature would result in not only death, but also a comfortable brain-eating position - rodent body under cat, head poking out between paws.

He tended to lose interest after the head was consumed, but being a thoughtful type, he'd invite us to finish up by delivering a headless pancake rodent into the living room roughly every day.

Never could stop him.

TalkinPeace Fri 31-Oct-14 13:37:25

DHs old cat once brought us a pound of sausages stolen from a neighbours kitchen
and a burger stolen from a BBQ burned his paws in the process
and some nice slabs of kebab meat

and the various rodents

my thick cat catches goldfish

TheSpottedZebra Fri 31-Oct-14 13:42:00

Talkin your thick cat sounds like a genius to me.
My thick cat catches socks. He steals them from the neighbour's washing line, or even her washing box.

He is jolly proud of his catches. I am less proud of him.

TalkinPeace Fri 31-Oct-14 13:52:39

Except that they were our pet goldfish that we had bred and he left them dismembered on the door mat hmm
the new fish have a safe barricade over their pond

TheSpottedZebra Fri 31-Oct-14 14:18:36

Oh, so maybe not a genius genius then! grin

I do prefer the socks that thick cat hunts to the headless beasts that my other cat used to hide in our shoes.

RubbishMantra Fri 31-Oct-14 15:04:37

Coolas, we had 2 of the stoats stuffed and mounted. Sometimes he sits next to them and reminisces.

Coolas Fri 31-Oct-14 15:16:35

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JuxtheDaemonVampire Fri 31-Oct-14 18:26:38

I wish our cats would catch our fish. We have wanted to fill the pond in (except for smallish corner for frogs) but can't as it's full of fish. Everytime we force persuade someone to take a few, they spawn and have babies. Will the cats eat the buggers? They will not.

Deux Fri 31-Oct-14 18:34:33

DD woke us up early last weekend to tell us there was a pile of pigeon feathers in the hall. On investigation there appeared to be no bird. I spent the following days on sniff alert in case it was rotting somewhere. Didn't find it so can only assume the cat ate it then took the rest outside.

Lots of mice. The last alive one the cat dropped at my feet then sauntered off.

HowlCapone Fri 31-Oct-14 18:47:14

One of my uncle's old cats used to bring in smoked salmon. In a packet.

I just get mice.

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