Today I was surprised to hear that a fellow mom down our road was planning to get rid of the extremly expensive maine coon she had just bought for her family (she paid around $1200, if anyone is interested). I decided to hurry round and find out what on earth was going on.
I walked up the drive but before I had a chance to enter the house I was confronted with a blood curdeling scream. I ran to the door to inquire further and to try and help, I didn't know whether to suspect fire or theft in progress. I headed into the kitchen where I could her the screaming coming from- sure enough I found a surprising amount of blood spread around the kitchen. I hesitated to enter the room, whilst mustering up my courage i happened to notice from the corner of my eye a womans feet hanging mid-air, bizzare and alarming as it was I couldn't help but feel rather silly.
On further inspection mid-air turned out to be kitchen work-top height, and the feet, I am gad to report, were still attached to their rightfull body! Helping my neighbour off the work unit and calming her down I suddenly realised where the blood had come from. Her bright and springy kitten maine coon appeared from the door nearest the garden, his white fluffy whiskers were tarnished red. He look pleased with himself and looked about as if to try and remember where he had placed his trophy. The cat had been bringing in mice and birds to kill, eat and generally spread around the kitchen. My neighbour's screams were more of shock than terror and her decison to banish the cat at the earliest availiable became vaguely more understandable if not a tad illogical.
Over coffee she explained she would sell the cat to the first bidder, anything to get rid of the: "dirty rotten mudering killing machiene!". Chuckling I made a joke of offering $0.20... She informed me it was no laughing matter and that I could shuve my $0.20, if I would just take the cat away.
Sitting here now blogging with a $1200 purring blissfully on my lap I would like to point out the pointlessness in fearing what nature intended and the ignorance in assuming that you can purchase an animal without its innate sense of hunting...
Not all house-cats, whether pedigree or not, will want to hunt. But the majority do...most cats will find a mouse or other baby animal from time to time and etiher kill it and leave it, kill it and eat it, bring it home, kill it first then bring it home, kill it a little bit then bring it home and some combine these options... The only certainty is that you will never ever stop a cat that wants to hunt from hunting, instead you should try and deal with the problem. Try and minimise the damage a "killer cat" can do to your home. Try limiting the cat's unsupervised access to the rooms in your house that are laminate, wooden, tiled or vinal floored, this way all mess can be dealt with using a mop or cloth.
Secondly, if you buy a big magnificent breed of cat that was originally bred for hunting purposes then it is more likely they will be "killers". Fact. So choose wisely and sensibly, research your breed and make sure you anticipate what ownership of such a cat will be like.Technorati Tags:
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