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Toto has brought me a bloody rabbit! (picture warning for the squeamish)

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Pascha Fri 24-Apr-20 11:47:58

I mean, we've become hardened to voles and mice and dead birds but this is another level.
How do other owners of hunter cats generally dispose of the evidence?

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Drogonssmile Fri 24-Apr-20 11:52:01

Wow your cat looks like mine! Mine's too fat and lazy to catch anything more than a fly though.

Erm....not much advice regarding the rabbit, I think in that situation I would double bag in a couple of compostable green waste bags that food scraps go in (if you have them?) and put in the green bin - essentially it is raw meat?? I have no idea whether that would be correct or not though. Hopefully someone more sensible will come along soon.

Allergictoironing Fri 24-Apr-20 12:05:07

He IS a handsome panther, similar looking to my Boycat and looks quite large.

My slight concern is that wild rabbits are usually brown, and the colour of that one suggests either the result of an escapee breeding or possibly (horror!) a pet rabbit.

I'd dispose of it the same way you do the smaller "gifts" (unless you flush those) - or cook & eat it! grin

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 24-Apr-20 12:09:27

Black bin it.

YouveCatToBeKittenMe Fri 24-Apr-20 12:13:18

Mine brought in a squirrel a few weeks ago
Dh was too nervous to pick it up in case it wasn’t dead and bit him
He left it for a bit until he was sure it was deceased before he disposed of it
By then all the cats and house were covered in fleas!

Grumpyoldpersonwithcats Fri 24-Apr-20 12:30:51

My little sods brought in three young rabbits over two days a few weeks ago. One survived and we took it a mile away to release it. The other two were DOA. We 'bury ours at sea' (throw them in the river).

CCaK Fri 24-Apr-20 12:32:42

Argh! We've had 2 rats this week, they were big enough.

RIP rabbit.

Pascha Fri 24-Apr-20 12:34:18

It is a brown wild bunny, there are loads locally. The phone didn't really do it justice.

Smaller presents have historically been eaten by the cat. I was just wondering if I'd do better to leave it in the local hedgerow or bag and bin it.

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Pelleas Fri 24-Apr-20 12:35:03

Cook it for him and let him eat it - it's a shame for the rabbit's life to be wasted when it could form part of the natural hunter/prey lifecycle.

SoupDragon Fri 24-Apr-20 12:44:23

Thank goodness we don't have rabbits here!

I dispose of bodies by putting them at the end of the garden for the foxes. I have had them return a few times and once the dog ate a pigeon but, on the whole, this deals with them without "waste".

Murinae Fri 24-Apr-20 12:48:48

I’d double bag it and put it in the bin. I am currently looking after a baby thrush that was sat in our dining room. Been feeding it for four days now. Not sure what to do with that when it can fly. No reply from local bird rescue place to my frantic messages. I keep taking it outside for some fresh air but it’s showing no signs of wanting to leave me!

tiredanddangerous Fri 24-Apr-20 12:51:49

Congratulations on your new pet bird @murinae. May you be very happy together.

JoJothesquirrel Fri 24-Apr-20 12:57:04

Very outting but when my sister spent her first night in her new home the previous owners cat came home, through the cat flap with a series of alive baby rabbits. And deposited them carefully into the bed beside my sleeping sister. It wasn’t planning on eating them and got very annoyed by when she tried to move them.

MitziK Fri 24-Apr-20 17:40:15

Mine brought a Hamster home for tea.

He was most cross when we took it off him, sourced a huge cage and kept it alive for the next six months.

The weirdest thing about it was that a) DTwatCat can't climb the 10ft wall to get out, never mind back in again, so it had to have been in the garden under its own steam and b) nobody in the surrounding area had lost a Hamster.

Free rabbits sounds like the type of thing DTwatCat would do if we lived in such an area.

Springcatkin Fri 24-Apr-20 17:43:47

Yes we get loads of rabbits. The cats stake out the burrow entrances.
We have to leave them on the floor for a while or the cats think we are still hungry and bring in yet more!
We just chuck them in the wheelie bin - anywhere else and they'd just get brought back.

Ipadipod Fri 24-Apr-20 17:45:52

Our cat caught a rabbit, it was huge , I’ve no idea how she managed to carry it over the fence . I tried to get it off her but she was having none of it . She ate it 😩

CMOTDibbler Fri 24-Apr-20 17:48:25

One of mine once brought in a baby rabbit, and ate it outside the glass door of my office while I was on a call with customers. It was very hard to block the sound out!

Normal things dragged in get flicked into the hedge, larger things like the series of squirrels we recently had go in the black bin

user1495884620 Fri 24-Apr-20 17:50:34

If it has been easily caught, it could have mxyi, so better to bin it than leave it out where it could spread to other rabbits, I would have thought.

user1495884620 Fri 24-Apr-20 17:51:28

One of ours bought in a live magpie once. How on earth they got it through the cat flap, I'll never know!

Murinae Fri 24-Apr-20 17:55:04

Someone needs to develop a cat flap that scans the cats for stuff in their mouths and doesn’t let them in with anything live or dead!

Chemenger Fri 24-Apr-20 17:57:40

We had two unscathed baby rabbits and a very angry magpie brought in by our old cat. And at least one live field mouse a day for the whole of spring and summer. Also a very large, thankfully dead, rat. I don’t think he killed the rat because he never killed anything else.

Windyatthebeach Fri 24-Apr-20 17:59:13

As a dc our tiny tortie cat tried to get a seagull in via the cat flap.
Epic fail...

Elouera Fri 24-Apr-20 18:01:41

Are you sure its dead? MIL's dog would often catch rabbit kittens. They look dead, and were so stunned, but after a few minutes, they get up and hop around again!!!

Boswello Fri 24-Apr-20 18:01:46

We get loads of bunnies. I find them so upsetting.

mypoorfurbaby Fri 24-Apr-20 18:38:01

Check it's defiantly dead and put it in the food waste caddy

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