Sad Ending to My Bunny Story

@RenaeT (688)
United States
July 22, 2007 5:03pm CST
This morning first thing, I looked to see if my bunnies were there. They were gone. I could tell the nest had been uncovered by something. I was sad. But, I held out some hope that they would come back, so I told my husband to leave the bush trimmings there in case they came 'home.' I went to work for a few hours and when I drove up, first thing I noticed was that the bush trimmings had been cleaned up and thrown away! I was sort of surprised because my husband was very sensitive to my caring for these bunnies and I didn't think he would just ignore my request. I came in the house and said, "I noticed you removed the bush trimmings." He said, "The bunnies aren't coming back honey. I found them." My stomach flip flopped. He proceded to tell me where and how he found them. There was no question when he told me details that it had indeed been my very own cat. No other animal would have deposited them where she had left 'remnants' . . . it was at her favorite sleeping spot under the window in the backyard. Nothing else would have left them there. I was SO angry at her. I know it's instinct for a cat, but I am so upset with her, everytime I look at her I start bawling and feel like yelling at her. I've never been angry with my cat, so this is a weird emotion for me to experience towards my cat. I almost feel like I hate her right now. The thought of her doing what my husband told me just makes me never want to even pet her again. I hope I get past that, we've had her 9 years and she is very needy and spoiled. Right now, I don't even want her in my house. Anyway, no more bunnies. I am so sad, I can hardly stop crying. What will the mama do when she discovers they are gone? I feel so heartbroken for her!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
23 Jul 07
Oh RenaeT...as I read this I was crying...and I know how you must be feeling toward your cat..like a betrayal or something..does she sense your anger at her? As for mamma bunny, no doubt she'll have more little ones before you know it.. I really am sorry..don't know what to say...It must have been such a shock..I'm shocked reading this
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@RenaeT (688)
• United States
23 Jul 07
Hi Pyewacket, Yes, betrayal, that's sort of how I feel. She never kills the birds I feed, so I guess I was just so sure that she knew those bunnies belonged to us as a family right now and she wouldn't bother them. But, I guess that is what happens when we humanize our pets. . . we forget that they WILL follow their instincts. There's nothing in the whole world I could have done about it, if I would have hid them from the cat, mama wouldn't have been able to feed them, if I left them in the nest, they were vulnerable to the cat. . .so, what could I do? Nothing, so helpless. Sorry I made you cry.
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
23 Jul 07
That's okay about making me cry...I'm a real wimp anyway with animals...
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@RenaeT (688)
• United States
23 Jul 07
I'm a wimp too. I remember as a little kid having to give away our baby hamsters... I cried as if it were my first born!
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
23 Jul 07
I am so sorry for what happened with your bunnies. It is an cats instinct to do as she did, unfortunately it isn't very nice or heart warming. It doesn't help I know and it isn't very comforting. My beloved dog killed my daughters gerbil before we moved and I had to clean up the mess that was left and dispose of the remains. I was not happy about it and I didn't want to react with my dog for a few days. you do get over it and it isn't easy, but it is life. I do know how you feel though! Take care!
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@RenaeT (688)
• United States
23 Jul 07
HI Mamasan! I know I'll probably be able to look at my cat in a day or two without crying or feeling mad. But for now, I'm just so hurt. I am so glad I didn't have to be the one to find them. God knew I wouldn't have handled that very well. THanks for your well wishes and prayers!
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
23 Jul 07
Renae, you will feel pretty awful for a few days like I did. Then it will get better. Your cat is just doing what nature intended unfortunately. I will keep you in my prayers and send positive thoughts your way! :D
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
23 Jul 07
Let's think positive: maybe mommy moved them or they took off on their own. I hope so anyway. I will picture them hopping about somewhere, nibbling on someone's flowers or garden.
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@RenaeT (688)
• United States
23 Jul 07
Unfortunately, My husband found them. When I wrote you this morning, I was thinking positive just exactly like that. But, when I got home, my husband told me he had found them. It was so very sad. I told the whole story in my post, get your kleenex if you read it though. It's so very sad.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
22 Jul 07
Oh Renae, I am so saddened by this story. I can only imagine how you must feel, such mixed emotions toward your cat. I too, believe in Divine intervention and I can see that is why you were at work today. Just remember, the entire food chain is also one of God's miracles. It is sad for us as humans to see one member kill another, but that is part of the great complexity of our system. Please try to find forgiveness for your cat, who is probably feeling very confused by your distancing. Imagine if the Lord paid us no attention when hurt him?!!
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@RenaeT (688)
• United States
23 Jul 07
Oh Crazynurse, you are sooooooo right!! I almost started crying again when I read your last line! You are so right!! I will forgive her, I do love her. She has been walking around with her ears back and looking at me. She was begging for a bite of my hotdog and I just ignored her. When I look at her, I get a lump in my throat. I guess I have this horrid image of my baby bunnies being INSIDE her! It just makes me so mad and sad. Thanks for reminding me that the Lord doesn't turn his back on me or ignore me when I hurt Him. Thanks, I needed the kick in the rear.
@AmbiePam (51044)
• United States
22 Jul 07
If it makes you feel any better, animals are more resilient than humans. It is amazing how matter of fact they can be. She's probably thinking of where to have her next bunnies. Not that I'm an expert. This story makes me sick to my stomach. It's why I can't watch nature shows. They show lions hutning gazelles and then eating them. It breaks my heart, and even though it is nature's way, like your cat's instincts, it is cold comfort. I'm very sorry. I wish I could help. But I'm glad your husband found those bunnies, and not you.
@RenaeT (688)
• United States
22 Jul 07
It makes me sick to my stomach too. AND, I am VERY glad my husband found them and not me too. I feel like it was the Lord's protection. I NEVER work on Sundays, but I am very behind and just felt compelled to go get caught up. Also, normally, my husband would have gone with me because we work at the same college and he always has work to do, but today, he decided to stay home and get caught up on the yard work! I don't believe in coincidences, I believe in God's ability to protect us and I know HE prevented me from seeing them. In fact, when I fed the birds, I had walked right by them and never noticed! I also cannot watch Animal Planet shows... same exact reason. I cannot even watch rodeo's where they rope calves!! It does help me that you told me how animals are 'matter of fact' and that she is probably thinking about where to have her next bunnies. I sure hope it's not in my yard. I can't take this heartache again!!
@ElicBxn (61051)
• United States
19 Sep 07
Well, that's why I keep my kitties inside. Then the only things they kill are the ones that come into our space.