She's a Hunter


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I LOVE that your cat had an operation, that you deemed it to be "bottom surgery," therefore making her a female cat now. That made my day. :)

Posted by Ariel (not verified) on Wed, 06/20/2007 - 09:21

Oooh, I miswrote. She's always been female to me - I've always called her she. So when she was maybe going to have her penis cut off, there was at least some solace in that fact.

She didn't end up needing it, and thank god for my credit card. She's never seemed too fazed by the difference between her pronoun and her bits, anyway.

Posted by megan on Wed, 06/20/2007 - 19:37
You have a white-footed

You have a white-footed mouse there, cut piicture.

We get white-footed mice in the house every winter here in Minnesota and I have three lovely furr balls who are indoor "hunters". I wrote to comment about how to tell the difference between the white footeds and the deer mice.

We live trap our mice, because we would rather have them in the woods feeding hawks then our kitties. Cats can get parasites and worms too from mice. We know from too many vet bills. When we set the live trap in an area they frequent I noticed they tap their feet loudly as if to warn the others. They are the only mice I know of who do that. So I looked the mice up iin one of my mammel books and they talked about white footed deer mice having that characteristic.

Also, of the two, deer mice do not tend to go in buildings but would prefer to be in the fields and woods and they are less frequently found in houses. But out in the country, chances are high if your little cutie has a white belly with a lovely brown fur, its the white-footeds. They love to come in peoples homes and in warm buildings in the fall before winter. They nest outiside in summer on the property.

BTW, if you or anyone were to live trap them to take them off the property, you need to go at least a mile and a half away. They have great directional radar and will home in and return to your (and their) houseif you just put them out back in the backyard or on your property. So that's why I drive them to a nature preserve and let nature and the hawks n owls take care of them.

Also, their playing dead is VERY convincing. I had a mouse hold his tail straight out, a sign of death and give a few death jerks before "dieing" on me. But I took him to an area where snow covered a juniper while carrying his "dead" self in my warm hands, hollowed out a hole beneath the juniper banches makeing a nice home spot and placed him at the base of the hole. Up he sat and crawed into his new place. Then I put soem seeds at its base to give him a fresh start.

Just a word of caution on bats. My kittie Elvan loves to go after them, but when I learned they carry rabies we sought ways to seal up the house more and make sure our cats shots were up. Its not really them I worry about the cats because of those shots but bats can bite you if you try to pick them up. If a bat seems wounded, best to use gloves and get him away from your kitty. Don't let him bite or you be bitten by the bat. You don't know if the bat is wounded by the cat or if its sick, which can be dangerous. Bats and raccoons have a very high rabbie risk.

Good luck. We love our three kitties, 2 males and a female. They are all different and all a bundle of joy for us and we don't let them out. We have way too many birds we feed and want to protect here.l They seem totally fine with being indoors.


Posted by Lynne (not verified) on Fri, 12/26/2008 - 11:02