Bloodthirsty cat leaves corpses strewn about neighborhood!
April 21, 2012 2:25 PM Subscribe
My cat is leaving her dead prey in our neighbor's front and back yards, and he doesn't like it.
posted by primate moon to pets & animals (37 answers total)
My indoor-outdoor cat is a terrific hunter. She used to occasionally leave her prey on our front doorstep. We would properly thank her and admire her fierce hunting skills (while inwardly cringing). She also recently pulled the wonderful trick of bringing a live mouse into the house and then ignored it while we all shrieked and hopped around.
Anyway--our lovely next door neighbor, the young father of a family I would like to continue on good terms with--just buttonholed me and complained that he keeps finding dead mice in his front yard, and now his back yard. His 3-year-old son was freaked out recently by finding one while he was playing outside. The guy was friendly about it, but obviously bothered enough to bring it to my attention. He admitted that he has no idea how we will make it stop, but he'd like us to try.
Not sure these details are at all relevant, but...we live on the 2nd and 3rd floors of a large two-family house on a densely populated suburban side street. Our two cats are let in and out through the downstairs front door by us--we rent so we can't install a cat door. And there are no windows accessible to the ground, so a window-installed cat flap is not possible, either. Also, and this is important, we are not willing to keep the cat indoors full-time. No lectures, please, from anti-outdoor cat people. Thanks.
Our downstairs neighbors have occasionally found a dead mouse left on our communal front porch; they're pretty earthy types so they didn't seem bothered by the fact that at least one of our cats is killing innocent little animals, though they obviously would prefer not to have to deal with the little corpses. The problem is the cat leaving them in the next-door neighbor's yard. How can we possibly exert any control over this?