franky asked in PetsCats · 4 weeks ago

Cat  bring mouse at home, gift offer?

Update:

often in the morning i see dead mouse 

Update 2:

bird too

Update 3:

small bird

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Yes. But if you feel bothered by your cat hunting wildlife, have no fear. You can get special bell collars for your cat that will reduce the amount of wildlife they catch. Due to the sound the bell makes, the mice and birds should be able to get away. Contrary to people's beliefs, bell collars do not irritate the cat. They're perfectly fine and a humane way to stop the cat from catching wildlife.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Cats are instinctive hunters, you can't delete that behaviour. It's also why they'll chase small things you drag across the floor or whatever, the instinct to stalk, hunt and pounce on small moving objects is built-in. Part of that instinct is to take their catch to a place of safety before settling down to eat it.  That place of safety is home.  That's why they bring it back, even if they don't actually eat it in the end.  Then they'll usually forget it, job done.

    We had a little cat once who was a fearsome hunter, she'd bring mice, voles etc home on a regular basis.  She also brought a toad home once which I had to scoop up and put outside in cover. Most memorably she brought back a bat, of all things, and we couldn't work out how on Earth she caught it. She did though. It seemed unharmed apart from some pinpricks in its wings and I took it outside and hung it up in a tree.  After a while it unfolded its wings and flew away.  She never looked for it once she'd done the "bring it home" bit.

  • 4 weeks ago

    It means you're a horrible pet owner that doesn't care about your local wildlife.  Pet cats hunt for sport not food and one cat can kill up to a thousand birds and small animals every year.

    Obviously you don't care enough about your cat to keep it safely indoors.  But why do you think it's OK to let it slaughter wildlife for fun?  You are incredibly selfish.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Yes, this is what is called, 'bringing a gift'. It's a perfectly normal and a very commonly seen behavior in domesticated cats. It may seem absolutely disgusting to a person, but it's done out of affection, because the cat wants to share their prey with you. It's for that reason specifically that the behavior must never be punished. If they do this, then the best thing that you can do, is to say, 'good girl/boy', stroke them, and then give them a treat, and then dispose of the 'gift', preferably out of the cat's sight.

    Also know that although a lot of people think of a cat bringing gift in the form of a dead mouse which they have caught and killed, cats may not necessarily only bring mice. Sometimes they can bring other animals which are prey to them, indeed like small birds, such as a robin, a starling or a blackbird. It can also sometimes be a rat, or if the cat has access to an area of water - such as a pond - a small fish or an amphibian - like a frog or toad - which they have caught.It's a lot more frequent in females, as it teaches their kittens about hunting. If they haven't had kittens, then they do it to their owners instead, hence why females who have been spayed without having had kittens do it more often.

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Yes. And he wants to watch you eat it.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Yes, the cat also never sees you catching anything, so reckons that you are unable to. 

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Mother cats will bring back living prey to their kittens and then release them to teach the kitties what their prey should look like and how to catch and kill them. House cats do similar things and bring back animals to their owners.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Lots of voles, a small bird all deceased,.And a little bunny like it was its own little one, very carefully and totally unharmed right into the house.It took almost 20 minutes to set it free

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    yep.  Our cat brought us a LIVE chipmunk!   Took 1/2 hour to get the thing OUT OF THE HOUSE !!!

  • Rain
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    Yes                   

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