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My cats killing birds

I have a total of 15, or something, cats. I feed them big dog bowls, filled to the brim with Meow Mix in the morning and in the evening. They're belly's are ALWAYS full, so you'd think they'd be satisfied for the entire day. Not so.

They are killing a bird every single day and eating it. I find slaughtered birds in my front lawn and porch everyday.

Early this morning, they killed TWO big black beautiful birds. I heard them crying out for help, and I reached them too late to save them. I cannot take this anymore!! I just don't know what I'm going to do, because everytime this happens, I can actually feel my heart burst in pain. It's affecting my life terribly!

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duoraven
May. 2nd, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
Gifts to Their Queen
I'm not sure if this will make you feel better or worse, but consider the fact that kitties are killing the birds out of love, not hunger.

I've had cats all my life. My current one (well, he still lives with my folks) is the gentlest creature ever, and has never killed anything other than perhaps a spider here and there. But he's the exception. Most of the cats my family has had (or other families I know) like to present gifts to their owners. They've killed mice, birds, even rabbits and tried to bring them into the house as a gift to the owner. When the owner refuses them, then they usually gobble them up, but they always bring them by first.

So maybe the kitties are just trying to thank you for their kindness, and aren't just a bunch of lil assassins.

Then again maybe not. Who knows?
playgirl
May. 2nd, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Gifts to Their Queen
Now I know exactly how Clarice Starling felt when she heard the lambs crying!

I can't get the crying of that black bird out of my head. I've suddenly found myself in a situation where I'm damned if I do, and damned if I don't.
moon_shine
May. 2nd, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
Savanah do not take it so hard that is what cats do especially stray cats, that was the only way they had to survive and they still are going to do it. That is just the way nature is,

Big Hug! my sweet friend
playgirl
May. 2nd, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
But they don't need to kill birds to survive. I'm constantly feeding them.
moon_shine
May. 2nd, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
Well let me tell you about my cat the Wight one that just passed away. When she first came in she was half starved and the only thing she had to eat was mice birds and rabbits. Now after I started feeding her she still felt she had to go get something or she thought she would die. But now she also had a bad spot on her back the vet removed an owl talon from her back so see birds eat cats too.
I know you have a big heart and you do not like to see any animal hurt, but you can not stop them, someone said some thing about putting bells on them that does help but it will not stop it all. good luck!
ninjaguydan
May. 2nd, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
There really is nothing you can do, cats are natural hunter killers. they're hardwired to kill....if they're killing birds, it means you have no mice or roaches in your house for them to hunt.

it's like wondering why the rattlesnake bites.
playgirl
May. 2nd, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
The last mouse I saw, was all chewed up and left on my front door matt! I've never seen roaches or mice.

I can't understand why they have started killing the birds this summer. In the past I'd see maybe two or three scattered feathers, and that was it.
ninjaguydan
May. 2nd, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
it means they love you, that's how animals express love through offerings of a fresh kill. It's not like they can send you a hallmark card.

-)
thyroidal
May. 2nd, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
All you can do is get them collars with little bells on them to warn the birds. The cats hate them at first, but they get used to it.
playgirl
May. 2nd, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Hadn't thought of that. I'll have to trap them with my trapper and hope they won't scratch me to death. Most of them are totally wild.
thyroidal
May. 3rd, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
I wonder if that approach would work on getting chicks... hmm...
playgirl
May. 3rd, 2007 11:17 am (UTC)
I can't see why not! ;o)
thyroidal
May. 3rd, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
It seems like it would be a huge compliment if some guy went to the trouble of setting up an elaborate trap for you, wouldn't it? I'd feed you and bathe you and stuff. It's not like it would be weird or anything. ;)
playgirl
May. 8th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
I also feel it would be a huge compliment, and I've got the perfect trap, just in my size! ;o)
splitpeasoup
May. 2nd, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
They are cats and do what comes naturally. It's not hunger.

I think there's no harm, so long as they are not killing endangered species.
playgirl
May. 2nd, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
Aye! But it hurts me so very much, because I try to protect all our creatures, and I find I've failed.
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playgirl
May. 2nd, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
So they've started placing them in the bathroom?! I tell you, they are as clever as can be!

I've always managed having the birds enter my backyard to drink water and eat scraps I throw out there. My dogs won't bother them.

The cats have always stayed in my front yard, and will not enter the back because of the dogs, but lately, the big black birds have been going into the front, and this is where they are in danger.

The bell sounds like a good idea, but it will be next to impossible to do it, because they are very wild. Perhaps I'll have Grandpa make a Scarecrow, as you suggested.
donchep
May. 2nd, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
Just to repeat what other said. When I had cats they brought me all kinds of dead creatures. It's how they show afeection for you. A deference to you as the alpha in charge. Like atribute. Cats do that because they are still animals. A cat should not be discouraged bewcause if your cats ever got lost they need to know how to survive. Why I was always opposed to declawing cats. God, I miss having a cat.

Love my beagle though.
playgirl
May. 2nd, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
Gosh, I don't want them to show me THAT kind of affection!

As for these cats getting lost, it will never happen! As far as they will go is across the street into my neighbors yard, then they come back immediately and relax on top of my once plant wine barrels, which I've topped with fluffy pillows!

I would never even think of declawing them, because I'd only be them to be attacked and killed by dogs, just as they are attacking the birds.

I don't know why they have started this year to kill birds. They rarely did last year. As I mentioned, I have seen signs of feathers in my front lawn, and two slaughtered ones in my front porch by my doorstep, but I had never actually heard one being caught. It was horrible!! I could hear the bird screaming in terror for its life!!!

I just can't get those sounds out of my head, and it totally breaks my heart. There were actually two black birds murdered this morning, one right after the other!

For the first time in my life, I find myself in a trapped situation when it comes to animals, because I love those cats very much, and realize I can't get rid of them, but I also love the birds, and I want them to be just as safe as I have my cats, and dogs in my backyard.
fourcorners
May. 2nd, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
Get those owls that scare away birds. They work like scarecrows. Owls are predatory and smaller birds will steer clear of your property. In theory. Can't hurt
playgirl
May. 2nd, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
I've never seen those owls. They aren't the taxidermist owls, are they?

I think I'll take yours and another person's suggestion and have a scarecrow made to scare the birds away.
fourcorners
May. 2nd, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
They're not taxidermed owls. I think they're plastic. They just look like the real deal. My friend's family had problems of pigeons roosting in the rafters and they put up the owl. No more birds

I don't know how to find them, but you could describe them to someone who might carry something like that, and they'd probably know what you were talking about
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playgirl
May. 2nd, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try and put the bells on them, but I believe it will be close to impossible, because I feed them and have fresh water for them, they still don't trust me completely to touch them.

I already have dogs. In fact, I have TEN dogs! I keep them in the backyard, and the cats in the front! :o)
justgoto
May. 3rd, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
Putting a collar with a bell on each cat
Good idea!
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