Originated From

My good friend's cat brings in live mice into her ...

My good friend's cat brings in live mice into her house. Her cat is a brother to my 2 cats (all from the same litter, same mom). My cats don't do this. Why would a cat bring in live mice and moles? I know cats bring in dead animals but why live ones?

Liked this question? Tell your friends about it

5 Answers

Order by
Oldest to Newest
Newest to Oldest

You are all correct to my experience. I have multiple cats and it seems that the "catch" is now in their territory, cannot flee or fly as easily as if it was outdoors.  I find my littermates all engage in the conquest and it seems to be a real form of entertainment and excitement.  Even the meek cats will have a chance at live prey which thrills them SO !!!!  I have learned to try to free most of the captures before they kill because mine, even with claws, bring in trophy's without so much as a pinhole.  I am not nearly as squeamish as I used to be, and have figured out good ways to capture and release their "toys" more food for they are surely well fed !!! Enjoy your brilliant companions !!! I sure do !!! M

I think it's really funny to watch my friend freak out.  She literally will sit on the counter and scream as the mouse runs around.  Usually her husband will come and get it out with a broom.  Jack (cat) gets so mad!

Hi Crazy ~

My girl cat hunts rodents . . . . . . . . . .  mice, red squirrels, chipmunks, and often brings them live into the house.  Most of the time, she waits for me to praise her and then she kills and eats them.  A live toy is always more interesting than a sedentary toy, and my cat feels safer eating in her home than out in the open where she is vulnerable.  It reminds me of leopards who drag their prey up a tree to keep it safe while they eat it.  My cat looks like a panther, so the leopard metaphor really works.  Domesticated cats are still animals, and if you allow them to go outside and to hunt, they will usually exhibit those behaviors.

~ "Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace." Buddha ~ S.N.O.T.S., Inc. ~ ~

Good Norm, and think you are right ... why some differ on that; why do people differ (incl brother and sister).

But I am thinking her friends cat is smarter.  It wants her friend to know this "prey" i hunted and bring back to you is very "fresh" for you to eat .... look it's STILL moving; i did not kill it".     LOL


ROBonYEDDA@YAHOOl.com Wisdom comes from Study, Travel & Life experiences! MY YEDDA CONCEPT IS: Good questions deserve good answers; Poor ones deserve a quick/poor answer. Dumb or silly, deserves same ... and the occasional but inevitable Idiots are best just ignored.

I am no animal behavioral scientist, so this answer lacks any scientific backup.  Having said that, I think they bring them in to toy around with.  I have seen my cats corner a small animal (or insect, or spider) and just sort of "play" with it although both my cats are accomplished assassins and eventually killed what they were "Toying" with. Hope this helps.  Norm

If I can't always dazzle 'em with brilliance, I'll try baffling 'em with BS. Band of None

Related Questions

Other people asked questions on similar topics, check out the answers they received:

Asked: Pet food and cat litter donations

Since the Walmart return center here in Indianapolis, IN (Exel) closed, were is Walmart returning the cat litter, cat food and dog food and how do we get in contact with them for donations?

Asked: I need a dumpster to dispose of furniture, carpets ...

I need a dumpster to dispose of furniture, carpets and a basement that is loaded with cat feces. Dumpster containers in the Willimantic area. Any suggestions?

Asked: How can i get my male cat to stop being so mean ...

how can i get my male cat to stop being so mean to other cats. All my females are fixed and he isn't. would fixing him stop the problem of him attacking to cats??

Ask a Question... We'll forward it to people who know