Eating whole pigeons, normal cat behaviour?
If there is a normal for cats, that’s it.
Ours used to eat the lot too. At least he’s not wasting anything.
We stuck a collar with a bell on ours after we both got a bit tired of the carnage. New neighbour has posh doves too.
Works a treat.
Excellent name btw.Posted 4 years ago
I quite fancy Barry for our next one.
Maybe combined with a Sharon if we end up with two.convertSubscriber
You’ve only got another 12 years or so to go! Our little monster was a rescue jobbie and pretty into the concept of looking after herself. The one night I failed to come home to feed her she went out and caught a seagull – no idea how as she is tiny. I came home the next morning to find a scene from a nature program with the bird splayed out on the patio with the cat standing over it with a red blood covered head as she had eaten a cavity out of the middle.
She was 14 this year and this has been the first year she has not bothered trying to get friendly with the indigenous population.Posted 4 years ago
I think mine really underestimated the size of this seagull. He climbed up the fence behind the shed and shot accross the shed roof and caught hold of it. The seagull went to take off and took him with it but the cat let go, probably realising it wasnt going to happen. Great to watch though!Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
our’s used leave mouse kidneys – obviously not a fanPosted 4 years ago
the current 2 got a bird 1 plucked it (eating feathers and spitting them out till he got bored) the other then moved in and polished off the good bits. Not expert hunters – it had flown into the window and landed on them.andytherocketeerSubscriber
and then sticks them on the barbie
Mine would have preferred to be on the barbie itself. Was addicted to hot. Often smelled the smell of burning cat when it snuggled up to the bar fire a bit too far.
That cat was called Pickle.
Neighbours cat was called Eric. Even after she had kittens.Posted 4 years agojag61Member
our third 😯 rescue cat(Pat) is a mad killer and eater of most of its catches has been seen to eat most of a mouse in one go with bones a crunching, last 2 mice were found on drive with only arse and tail left looked like they were half in the concrete! glad its not caught anything big though, take care with cat drinking out of WC, house i shared in N wales had a lot of probs with squirrels outside and in as i found out one morning when off for morning visit, i guess sqirrel was desperate for a drink… must have been to go near that bog must have fallen in head first and been unable to scramble out up the porcelain … dead in trap 1Posted 4 years ago
In the last week my cat (Ian) has killed and eaten 2 pigeons. When I say eaten, I mean the lot apart from the birds stomach contents of next doors bird seed, some berries and feathers.
He’s coming up to 2 years old and he’s a big cat, not fat, a bit of a machine! Next door feeds all the birds and she’s managed to create a gathering of feral pigeons that wont go away. TBH they are a pain and I suppose I’m glad that Ian has decided to assassinate them one by one but I’ve never seen a cat eat the whole lot too.
It’s not as if we starve him, he gets fed well and it’s good stuff.
He’s tried going after the seagull that visits but he couldnt hang on as it took off from the top of the shed.
Is this normal, should we worry about him catching anything off these pigeons?Posted 4 years agodan1980Member
Ollie regularly brings home large rats, bunnies, and occasionally rooks, and apart from the occasional bite mark or clump of fur missing, it doesn’t seem to do him any harm.
He’ll eat the lot though, he doesn’t like wasting food.
He’s not bought me back any pidgeons as yet.
Size 9 foot for reference…
And Ian’s a great name for a cat!
Edited to add: Since I’ve started giving him raw chicken thighs and turkey wings, he’s stopped bringing as much “nature” back into the house. I don’t know if chewing on the bones satisfies something inside of him and stops him hunting. Regardless it’s nice not to come down to a a lounge covered in rat gore every other day.Posted 4 years ago10pmixMember
Grew up on a farm with about 20 cats around the place. Some tame, some not, some very wild indeed.
One cat (Maggot) used to eat quite enormous mice caught in traps whole without chewing. Very much like you see snakes do. He would pick it up tilt his head back and swallow. Always head first.
Other favourites were adult bunnies, moles, rats, slow worms, shrews and the odd pigeon.
We had a rabbit that escaped from its hutch and dug a warren in the front garden and bred with wild rabbits that moved in. The cats then had a field day killing the baby rabbits as soon as they popped out of the holes. They became very good at it. The front garden was just a mass of rabbit holes and fur.
We had a female cat who had kittens in the straw barn and brought rabbits for them to eat.
Ah happy days…..Posted 4 years ago
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