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the cat's instinct vs. human sentiment

 Our cat, Miss P has been quite the mouser these past few weeks. 

That we know of, she's caught four mice, letting the first two go either by accident or out of self-consciousness because we were right there. The third one, she killed while we were out and made sure we saw it in front of her sleeping perch. The fourth mouse she caught last night while we were there. We grabbed a deep box and coaxed Miss P to release it. Then Mr. F set it free in the forest. It's been quite an adventure, one I'm not used to. 

I'm conflicted about all of these actions.
Though I adore mice, I am a proud mother when Miss P captures one, and we discover its little carcass either in her dinner bowl or right next to her. Taking the mouse from her last night, I felt like we were depriving Miss P of what she instinctively "needed" to do. It feels this way. I don't know if she has to kill it to feel she has conquered it. By taking it, sure we saved it's life, however, did we also take our cat's dignity?

Something to think about and to discuss.

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mollywog
Jul. 21st, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
She's actually part way hunting for you two silly humans who don't seem to know how to hunt. She probably figures you were taking it away to play with and eat yourselves! I know lots of people who rescue their cat's prey when possible and none of those cats seem to be neurotic!
lost_tumbleweed
Jul. 21st, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
Molly, you are so knowledgeable!

We've talked to several people about this scenario and you're the first one to say something that makes sense. :)
mollywog
Jul. 21st, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
It's years of cat experience!
And knowing people with cats, including people that do cat rescue!
lost_tumbleweed
Jul. 21st, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
Re: It's years of cat experience!
Portia is 15 years old. At the old house in GR, we had maybe three mice she caught in the 14 years she lived there. Where we are now, there are tons of mice. She's having a blast. I guess I need to talk to my friends who have tons of cats ... taking in all kinds of strays. I feel like I've entered a whole new world of cats talking to you.
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