- Cat people – older cats – stopping them hunting – any success ?
My cat is 14/15 ish. She has no teeth left. She however still healthy and fit in most ways, can still get over the back wall of the garden, and still catches birds, but can’t kill them.
So not only do I get some living “look how awesome I am” presents, a couple of times now they have fought back and ripped her mouth up, pain, infection, vet trips etc. I have just sorted out the last sore mouth so she is under house arrest. This is miserable for both of us ! She is used to a cat door and going in and out at will and hates doing number twos in the house, will hold on for days.
Has anybody had any luck with bells etc, or any other kind of behaviour modification to stop the carnage ? Soon she will be too old to get over the wall and we will be OK, but at the moment I feel I am depriving her of being a Cat.Posted 3 years agoscaledSubscriber
We’ve tried a bell, we still got a doormouse the other day.
Rather than placing the cat under house arrest we’ve put the catflap on out only. This was working OK until I came down this morning to find the cat looking smug. Further investigation revealed the catflap in multiple pieces and strewn across the kitchen floor.Posted 3 years ago
I am not sure that “out-only” would help – she is damaging herself when the bird struggles, or she is trying to eat dead ones, I really don’t know. This has happened when I have been away for a few days and somebody is feeding her for me, so I have a parallel theory that she is visiting some old lady who thinks “oh no that poor starving cat, I will just give her these yummy chicken bones”.
Cats can’t be air hostesses cos they refuse to wear make-up.Posted 3 years agogreatbeardedoneMember
I heard of someone who attached the bird feeder within a few feet of their kitchen window.
The cat would sit gazing up in wonder at the flapping of wings and bright plumage, kind of like a shopping channel for cats.
The cat seemed to prefer this to actually catching them.
Though if you’re going to put bird feeders anywhere near windows, it’s best to obscure the windows to stop the birds from flying into them.Posted 3 years agoz1ppyMember
My cat, who even though hand reared from almost day 1, has turned into a semi-feral monster, killing everything in her wake. Bells have done nothing to stop her, she just slinks along in such a way to avoid ringing the bell! Best I can do though, as I love her more than the local wildlife.
(sorry neither comment is very useful)Posted 3 years agodannybgoodeSubscriber
Bells didn’t work on our (at the time four toms). A collar would last on average 4 days before they’d removed them and left them in the wilderness.
We have one of the floor left and even as a manky toothless thing he still gums to death really good sized rats.
Our latest addition is a house cat. Not a decision I thought I’d ever make but for a number of reasons she ain’t going out. I think this is the only way to be sure they won’t kill.Posted 3 years ago
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