My cat Zacky is an indoor/outdoor cat, and he's forever bringing home prey that he catches. Every week or so, I'll come home and find a bloody lifeless bird in my living room (and the room full of feathers!) Or a lizard. Or a mouse. Or these really weird worms that are not snails or slugs, but look like snails without their shell. He also brings in these really huge grasshoppers and then torture them to death, leaving large insect carcasses throughout the house.

It's like living with a feline serial murderer! Occasionally, I'll catch him as he's bringing in his captive still alive and as yet unharmed. So I'll give him a stern NO, take it from his mouth, and carry it outside to release it. This kind of pisses him off, but I'm not sure what else to do.
I really want to discourage such behavior. Any ideas?

-Garret
garret at garretswayne dot com
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My cat Zacky is an indoor/outdoor cat, and he's forever bringing home prey that he catches. Every week or so, ... sure what else to do. I really want to discourage such behavior. Any ideas? -Garret garret at garretswayne dot com

Do you realize that this is a normal behavior for a cat. Bringing you a prize is a honor and a sign of affection. Also many animals do this when they have not been properly show by the parent how to kill.

If this is really bothering you keep the cat inside Cats and other animals are predators you can't take the hunting instinct out of an animal it will always be there
My cat Zacky is an indoor/outdoor cat, and he's forever bringing home prey that he catches. Every week or so, ... what else to do. I really want to discourage such behavior. Any ideas? -Garret garret at garretswayne dot com >>

You could put a liberator collar on him though that won't help with slugs and things.
http://www.liberators.com.au /
Cats are hunters so is natural for them to bring their prey home. Alison
Bells reduce the catch - mine's a 7 bell cat
My cat Zacky is an indoor/outdoor cat, and he's forever bringing home prey that he catches. Every week or so, ... sure what else to do. I really want to discourage such behavior. Any ideas? -Garret garret at garretswayne dot com

Well, at least he doesn't leave their heads in your refrigerator..

You might try getting him some cat toys..Like things dangling from strings that jump around when he pulls on them, for example..
My cat Zacky is an indoor/outdoor cat, and he's forever ... behavior. Any ideas? -Garret garret at garretswayne dot com >>

You could put a liberator collar on him though that won't help with slugs and things. http://www.liberators.com.au / Cats are hunters so is natural for them to bring their prey home. Alison

Yes. At least mine puts the bodies on the floor somewhere. (usually the bathroom floor) I had a friend whose cat used to leave the bird's feet on his pillow..:^)
Yes. At least mine puts the bodies on the floor somewhere. (usually the bathroom floor) I had a friend whose cat used to leave the bird's feet on his pillow..:[/nq]^)

One of the defining moments of my teen years was when our cat brought my mother a bird. It was 30 years ago and I still remember her over-reaction even though she had had cats in her life since girlhood.
Yes. At least mine puts the bodies on the floor ... cat used to leave the bird's feet on his pillow..:[/nq]^)
One of the defining moments of my teen years was when our cat brought my mother a bird. It was 30 years ago and I still remember her over-reaction even though she had had cats in her life since girlhood.

Yeah...I'm always afraid I will insult them if I don't show pleasure..After all, they are giving you a gift to pay you back for all the food you give them..When you go to the supermarket, I figure they think you are out hunting..And then, when they get something for you, if you just throw it away, they think they're worthless. (I always give them credit for thinking like we do, even though I know it's probably not true.) So, I make believe I am happy, and am saving it for later..
My cat Zacky is an indoor/outdoor cat, and he's forever bringing home prey that he catches. Every week or so, ... sure what else to do. I really want to discourage such behavior. Any ideas? -Garret garret at garretswayne dot com

Not to be insensitive, but that's what cats do. Cats are some of the most efficient, instinctual, predators, and five thousand years of domestication hasn't tamed that gene.
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