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  1. A refreshingly honest documentary on nature. I must have had about 30 cats over my life; the majority didn’t hunt. However, Titian (that’s his tabby color) is one. Recently, as I awoke and put my feet on the floor I had to rub my eyes to find a black snake curled on the floor within 2 feet of mine. That shocked me awake! It wasn’t moving but I couldn’t be sure if Titian took it’s life or if the cold-blooded reptile was slowed by the coolness of the tiled floor. I slowly and smoothly got a bath towel and threw it over the snake. Immediately the head of the creature appeared from under an edge of the towel. I quickly grabbed the cold snake at the base of his head so that it could not turn to bite me. It opened its mouth but I held it firmly and lifted it free of the towel finding it to be about 3 feet long. Without hesitation I carried it through my house and out the door, examining it for signs of exterior trauma, of which I did not find. I placed it gently but ever so quickly at the edge of my lawn where the wild bushes grow. It laid still for a few seconds then disappeared into the underbrush. I’ve resuscitated frogs, as well. I have a pet door to my screened porch – I just need to repair a couple of tears in the screen, goodnessgracious! – 62 year-old woman who lives alone – with 3 catkids.

    • Pretty scary. I think you did great to get the snake out of the house. You respected the snake as it was unharmed and free to live in the wild. The wild ancestor of the domestic cat (Near Eastern Wildcat) is an excellent snake hunter so the domestic cat has inherited this skill. Thanks for your story Erika.

  2. Nice work Gabs.

    He is being ‘cat’ What he does is no different to the behaviour of tigers, lions or panthers. Do we hear the omnivorous cat haters, who have never visited an abattoir stun/kill line, raging about how ‘our’ prey animals are despatched? No, of course we don’t. Haters are usually massive cowards as well as being hypocrites.

    The domestic or wild cat ‘playing’ with their kill is part of the predation sequence. It is essential. Many prey species can play dead, or their breaths are very shallow and certainly not visible to the human eye. Cats have no Fovea in their eye and this allows them to detect the tiniest of movements, such as very shallow breathng, or even pulse n small reptiles.

    If a cat were to bite down on a caught species, as you rightly say, they may get injured if the prey were not dead. Establishing that the prey is dead is not ineptitude, it is determined, learned skill.

    Great piece Michael, this is good to openly and honestly speak about the true nature of domesticated predators. Gabriel is stunning. A mighty hunter.

    • Thanks Jane for the extra information. He is a mighty hunter. Last night he ate mouse under my bed at 2 in the morning. The crunching woke me up. As usual all that remains is the gall bladder – no blood.

  3. Cats are natural hunters and some do kill to eat. Most only kill to eat. I have several cats who live outside and they kill very few animals that I have seen. I did have one she is gone sadly but when she was young in the 2 to 6 weeks old range a squirrel would make what sounded like laughter every time she would fall down or do other things that were funny to see. Well when she was 6 months old she climbed the tree that squirrel lived in and she killed it. She got revenge and then she got lunch. It is GOD’S way for Cats to live .

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