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Old 04-02-22, 08:42 AM
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That was a first

Come home from work yesterday and there was a dead shrew laying in the kitchen sink. It was curled up in the strainer, thought it was asleep. Its fur was clean, no sign of anything happening to it and no idea how it got there. It was one of those 'has somebody been here' type moments. Really weird.

Can't say that has ever happened before.
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I wake up with a shrew fairly often.
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Originally Posted by Juan Foote View Post
a dead shrew laying in the kitchen sink.
This sounds like some kind of message. Have you pissed off any Mafia Dons recently?
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Pretty common for people with cats. I've lived with many cats during my 70+ years and they all loved showing off to their human roommates.
I've had everything from rats, mice, lizards, snakes, birds and squirrels left for me on the porch and around the house.
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Old 04-02-22, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
This sounds like some kind of message. Have you pissed off any Mafia Dons recently?

We have a dachshund who is a member of the family. He demands 10% of any food opened in the house and a bit higher tribute when it's cheese. Thankfully not a horse head, so probably still safe enough.
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I'm gettin' weepy here. Nothing says true love like my dear departed house cat bringing large crickets or sprickets up from the basement still alive, but with rear legs properly removed and gifting them directly to me in exchange for pets and lap time.


Edit: Oh, and getting to laugh at the ticked off spouse as well. She thinks what happened in the basement should stay in the basement.

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Old 04-03-22, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by FBOATSB View Post
I'm gettin' weepy here. Nothing says true love like my dear departed house cat bringing large crickets or sprickets up from the basement still alive, but with rear legs properly removed and gifting them directly to me in exchange for pets and lap time.


Edit: Oh, and getting to laugh at the ticked off spouse as well. She thinks what happened in the basement should stay in the basement.
At my mom's former house, the cats did the opposite-- ate everything BUT the legs (too crunchy, maybe-- guess they weren't the "drumstick" types). Left piles of creepy cricket legs lying around.
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It is astounding to me the propensity for topics in Foo to turn cat related. This is cat forum?
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That’s one shrew that got tamed and then some. See what I did there?
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That’s one shrew that got tamed and then some. See what I did there?

Large hook from stage left and gong sounding....
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At my mom's former house, the cats did the opposite-- ate everything BUT the legs (too crunchy, maybe-- guess they weren't the "drumstick" types). Left piles of creepy cricket legs lying around.
Voracious bug eaters they can be, especially ferals.
One house cat we had was absolutely relentless with any flying insect that got indoors and would not stop chasing/jumping/swatting until it was caught and eaten wings and all. Only if it was some venomous stinging thing would I intervene.
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Originally Posted by Juan Foote View Post
It is astounding to me the propensity for topics in Foo to turn cat related. This is cat forum?
I thought the whole innerwebs was for cat vids
Sorry, No shrews here that I'm aware of, but here we do have voles that are known to seek indoor accomodations in the Spring and since we are now a catless home I fully expect to see one and if caught alive will be sure to post a pic in this very thread.
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Voracious bug eaters they can be, especially ferals.
One house cat we had was absolutely relentless with any flying insect that got indoors and would not stop chasing/jumping/swatting until it was caught and eaten wings and all. Only if it was some venomous stinging thing would I intervene.
If potato chips could fly...
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Originally Posted by Juan Foote View Post
It is astounding to me the propensity for topics in Foo to turn cat related. This is cat forum?
Seve and Buddy want to know..."You got a problem with that"?
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Now that we've moved on to the cat photo portion of this thread, here's Cashmere.

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OMG....I bet it feels like a warm cottonball.
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Originally Posted by FBOATSB View Post
Voracious bug eaters they can be, especially ferals.
One house cat we had was absolutely relentless with any flying insect that got indoors and would not stop chasing/jumping/swatting until it was caught and eaten wings and all. Only if it was some venomous stinging thing would I intervene.
My cat is interested in bugs but I'm not sure he wants to eat, maybe just play. I once rescued a house centipede from him, and when I took it away to take it outside, he gave me the most plaintive look, like "but that's my friend!" I call him my bug-hunter because he tends to notice bugs in the house, and I catch them and take them out.

A former cat, however, once nabbed a fly out of midair...
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My cat is interested in bugs but I'm not sure he wants to eat, maybe just play. I once rescued a house centipede from him, and when I took it away to take it outside, he gave me the most plaintive look, like "but that's my friend!" I call him my bug-hunter because he tends to notice bugs in the house, and I catch them and take them out.

A former cat, however, once nabbed a fly out of midair...
We had a dog that used to do that... would sort of corner the fly in the corner of a window and then just bite down on it. The fly would not actually be "cornered" as it could go up or down... but they didn't... and the dog got 'em.
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A former cat, however, once nabbed a fly out of midair...
That's pretty impressive!

Pixie caught a squirrel once, and made it look easy. She was living outside at the time, she refused to be an indoor cat until she had kittens. Now she gets rabbit stew. She's been spayed and we're hoping she'll stay inside after most of the kittens have gone to their forever homes.

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Lol ggpepper and Seattle Forrest , no issue with cats. I have owned and loved many of them. We opted after buying real grown up furniture, part of which is leather, that cats weren't in the program any longer. I think declawing is unethical, and otherwise don't want my current couch used as a scratching post.
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Now that we've moved on to the cat photo portion of this thread,


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One house cat we had was absolutely relentless with any flying insect that got indoors and would not stop chasing/jumping/swatting until it was caught and eaten wings and all.
Cat who catches fly in midair accomplish anything.
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Big Killer Shrews... Over here we call um Ferrel Hogs!... Ha

Woke up one morning from our Big Yellow Tabby giving a low meeoowww in the hall. There on the floor tiles was a medium sized disemboweled opossum with it's face and tail chewed off and its guts and blood spread over the floor 5 feet square. It was a crime scene! Our cat was pretty torn up too but did not suffer a long recovery and ended up with only a few scars.
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That's pretty impressive!

Pixie caught a squirrel once, and made it look easy. She was living outside at the time, she refused to be an indoor cat until she had kittens. Now she gets rabbit stew. She's been spayed and we're hoping she'll stay inside after most of the kittens have gone to their forever homes.
To be fair... I think it was a slow fly. And it made the mistake of flitting with a few inches of her nose. Foolish insect. It paid for its ignorance...

Pixie's a pretty kitty. I have a soft spot for black cats... I've had some nice ones.
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