Dad can't stand cat bringing dead animals

@rpegan (598)
United States
April 12, 2008 4:42pm CST
My father can't seem to understand my cat. My cat loves to kill squirrels and chipmunks, and then he'll bring them to us. He'll lay it at our feet and then look up at us. My father wants the rodents gone, but he's annoyed by my cat bringing them to us. I've tried to explain the behavior to my father, but he just calls my cat stupid. Personally, I love the fact that we didn't have a mouse or rat problem this winter. Anyone else have a cat on a rampage?
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@jerzgirl (8168)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
12 Apr 08
Your cat is just showing his family (you guys) what a good hunter and provider he is. Just like he would if he was wild. It's like a "see what I did for you?" action. You should praise him and then take the deceased one out to where you'd rather he put them. Let him see you do it. Hopefully, he'll get the idea to set them there instead, or at least near there if not in there.
@rpegan (598)
• United States
12 Apr 08
That's what I do, and I've tried to explain the behavior to my father. Unfortunately, he views my cat as just a cat rather than a family member.
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@jerzgirl (8168)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
12 Apr 08
Yeah - my dad wasn't a cat person. When I moved home with my two cats, the older one decided she liked his dog and would come up to him and rub up on him. The dog didn't know what to do - just had this look on his face like, "But but but - it's a cat!!! Eeeewwwwww!!!" Dad would look at the dog, roll his eyes, and say, "I have GOT to teach you what a cat is!" Yet, when the blue jays took delight in attacking our outdoor cats years back, and it didn't matter where the cats were, those jays would go after them, he felt bad for the cats and would get his .22 rifle with bird shot and scare the birds away!! Those birds can be darned mean! And he would actually say, "I'm sorry, but I felt sorry for those cats." In today's world, he'd probably be arrested! LOL Oh well. That was then.
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• United States
13 Apr 08
My female cat use to be a huntress. I had to move so now I can't let her out anymore. She was doing what comes naturally to felines. I'm sorry your Dad doesn't understand. Your cat is bringing you what he considers to be little "GIFTS" to you.