One got away One got eaten One was injured. I moved the injured one to a pile of wood in the garage, so that if it was going to recover it would have somewhere safe to do so, but I found it on the grass about 6 feet away several hours later. It was still alive, but panting and I don't think it is going to make it. I've kept the cat in for the rest of the day so that she can't get at the mouse. I know the kindest thing should have been to kill it, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it.
We are also coming into chick season, and my cat often kills birds .
What do you do with injured prey? Leave it to let nature take its course? Intervene? And if so, how do you do it in a humane way?
We (I lie - DH!) disposes humanely of injured prey. I think it's the fair thing to do rather than letting them suffer. He puts the injured mouse in a thin plastic bag, holds the bag by the handle and then hits it really hard onto a flat surface (usually the floor). The impact has always killed them instantly but you don't have to actually see anything or do much.
OrangeJulius I am wondering what your previous job was that you were trained in cervical dislocation. Black Ops?
I always feel like cheering when I extract a mouse from the jaws of death and discover that after a couple of minutes of getting over the shock they scamper away. I thought that might have happened to the injured one today, but it wasn't to be.
The one that got away today was super feisty - it was in our hall on its back legs squaring up to the cat and eeking for all its worth.
Oh dear - mouse number 4 has just been brought in, luckily unharmed, it seems. My cat has obviously found a nest and is just raiding it. Fortunately I heard the cat flap and the squeaking, and was able to intervene and put the mouse outside straight away, much to my cat's annoyance.