More Hunting at the Farm

Posted by F&S

The other day, we, Frenchies, blogged about how Princess Peony was trying to attack the canaries.  Well, shortly after shooting those photos, we went outside and found her sister, Empress Tang, involved in a bona fide bird attack!  Even though we hunt squirrels and the like, ourselves, we couldn’t help but feel sorry for the little sparrow.

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Hey, what are you looking at?

1 Hey, what are you looking at?

Don't act so horrified!  Bird hunting is instinctual for cats, you see, and there's nothing I can do about it!

2 Don't act so horrified! Bird hunting is instinctual for cats, you see, and there's nothing I can do about it!

I am a huntress, bottom line, and this is what I was born to do!

3 I am a huntress, bottom line, and this is what I was born to do!

When all is said and done, this little sparrow will be a tasty little morsel.

4 When all is said and done, this little sparrow will be a tasty little morsel.

Yum!

5 Yum!

Being served food is fine, but hunting is so much more fun!

6 Being served food is fine, but hunting is so much more fun!

Cats are the perfect hunters and that's one big reason why humans love us.  We're very efficient at catching mice, rats, and other varmints.  Birds just come with the territory.

7 Cats are the perfect hunters and that's one big reason why humans love us. We're very efficient at catching mice, rats, and other varmints. Birds just come with the territory.

Empress Tang!  You're horrible!  That was our fledgling!  He didn't have a chance!

8 Empress Tang! You're horrible! That was our fledgling! He didn't have a chance!

Some hunter!  That's what we, birds, call easy prey.  You know, you better watch your back.  You're not exactly at the top of the food chain around here!

9 Some hunter! That's what we, birds, call easy prey. You know, you better watch your back. You're not exactly at the top of the food chain around here!

That's right!  Let's see how you feel when a hungry coyote starts swatting at you!

10 That's right! Let's see how you feel when a hungry coyote starts swatting at you!

Oh, quit your yammering!  Can't a cat eat in peace?

11 Oh, quit your yammering! Can't a cat eat in peace?

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Comments (18)

  • Hello Ladies,
    It is plane and simple--I don;t like Empress Tang. Call her Miss Yucko Tang in my book. This may be natural and all, but so is me going poop, and no one takes pictures of that. Tang don't show me your bird killing again. I know it happens, and it is natural and all but it isn't quite like Dr. Pia's Eskimo kisses yesterday leaving me with a good feeling. Have a great weekend all!!!
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I chase squirrels all the time but haven’t caught one as of yet. If that’s what I have to do when I do catch one I think I will slow down a little. Mommy had a cat that really liked to catch birds. The cat was very small. She would sit on the arm of a chair and wait for the birds to come early in the mornings. One day an owl came by and, how can I say this, no more cat. Some days you get the bird and other days the bird gets you. I’ll be away for a few days; see you when I return. Have a good weekend all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Ewwww, Empress Tang, that is gross. I hope you brush your teeth after you eat the birds so you get the feathers out. hehehehe
    Thank you Basil, for letting me know about Zoe. I knew her mamma was going away but I thought her dad would let her use the computer. See, she should have a contract too. I will have my peeps look into drawing one up for her.
    Guess what? No Maryland for another week. My co -owners or other parents as I like to call them, Gerry and Dick, said I can stay here in Pa. a while longer so that made me happy. But, what a waste of a bath. hehehehehe They have this thing called a hydrosurge and you put it in your bath water and it is like getting a massage. I love it. The water goes right down to your skin and gets it real clean and it feels real soothing. The bath does not take long but it takes a long time to dry my coat. My mom says I am a wooly beast cause my coat is very thick and it grows real fast. So, from start to finish, including the bath, drying and trimming, it is anywhere from three to five hours. How long for you Kirby? But, I like getting brushed and I usually lay on the grooming table and fall asleep and when I wake up, I am done.
    OK, I hope everyone stays out of trouble over the weekend and try to stay healthy over the weekend too.
    Love ya,
    Maddox

  • Wow Empress Tang that's hardcore. :shock: Maddox, good to hear that you're sticking around another week before going off to see your other family. Basil, it looks like you're on the solid mend.

    Everyone have a happy, safe weekend! :smile:

  • Empress Tang I don't have much to say except that I understand you are a cat and hunt birds, but don't show us this disgusting display of killing...after all I'm sure you are well fed with expensive food.

    Kitty has learned not to bring home her conquest of catches because it upsets me, not bringing it to the door step I don't know or see it...sorry needed to vent, these images made me sad!

  • Not exactly a good fit with my morning coffee. Think I'll skip breakfast today.

  • Hi everybody,
    Oh my, feathers & all! I love to lay on the deck & watch the birds. We have no cats roaming our neighborhood now.
    Maddox, my Mimi has been sick with the flu, she says that Hydrosurge sounds very relaxing.
    Shes says we're going to work today after 4 days off. She has to get better because Sunday she leaves until Wednesday, visitin friends.
    Papa's going to take care of me.....I think we boys will have a great time. I think we'll be eating a lot of Cheerios, yum.
    later
    Rebel

  • My Mom and I have a contract all the mice I can catch but the birds are off limits. But I sympathize with Empress Tang --a good feather catch is too tantalizing and I cheat--do it when my Mom is gone--and no cameras around. Meow Meow happy hunting Tang and Peony.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., These photos about Empress Tang and her "natural kitty activity" are somewhat interesting, but it is hard to enjoy seeing her eat that sparrow. It reminds me of my good friend Bogie, our part-time kitty, who used to do the exact same thing. Many times he would leave a small mouse or rat outside our front door and my Mom would pick it up and bury it. I'm surprised Tang would allow you to photograph her activity. Sure hope everyone has a wonderful, happy, healthy weekend and so glad all of you are feeling better! Rebel, hope Mimi is feeling better, too! Will miss you Kirby and Maddox glad you will stay home longer! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hi everyone rocky here we've seen the outside cat playing with the mice but no birds !That was just gross.Senor rebel you like cherios too!Thats our favorite treat I think dogs should be on the comercial.Basil you sound good.Maddox I don't think I would like even that kind of bath,but like you our grooming takes forever!Rocky

  • My concern that some cats may be harmed by actually seeing what is natural to them. There are some who hate cats enough to use this for an excuse to hurt or kill one.

  • I always look forward to reading your blog daily. When I read your blog today,seeing your cat eat that poor bird,I feel totally sick to my stomach.
    I am really disgusted that you displayed this on your blog! I thought you had class.....

  • thats why my mother hates cats!!

  • what is all the excitement..my pal, the kit-bang is an excellent hunter and further more it is called a food chain for a reason..lighten up folks.. you eat meat don't you or perhaps chicken..that is a bird..you humans are just glorified hunters! wow! I am amazed at the reaction!!!hunt on!!

  • I understand that cats have natural urges to hunt, and if they go outside it's a normal risk that they might kill things. But I think putting a photo of a dead bird (with other birds standing in as the dead bird's parents?) on a blog aimed at animal lovers is really misguided. I won't be reading again.

  • True, I also feel a little sorry for the sparrow while looking at the pictures. But we must not hate cats, they have their owe natural instinct.

  • My Yorkie Sassy killed my Canary Tweetie last year, she watched as my husband cleaned the cage, Tweetie came out the bottom as he picked up the cage and Sassy grabbed him before my husband could get the bird. I came home from a 72 hour shift at work, and my bird was laying in the bottom of his cage with feet up. Now it is hard to love Sassy....

  • A food chain?? WE would be part of the 'food chain' also if animals such as tigers were allowed to roam the streets. Cats have now been domesticated. In our area people are fined if they let their cat outside, the bird "hunting" is 1 of the reasons why. Cats have no business being outside what so ever.....These pictures are disgusting for all people w a functioning mind...Shame

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