My cats refuse to take over BUG Killing Patrol!! How about yours?

United States
January 26, 2010 11:16pm CST
I'm very sad to report that in this one way, my cats have failed me. My beloved is out of town and so I'm the one in charge of all things icky. Like killing bugs! I am fine with bugs outside but they are not allowed to cross the threshold! There was a big black beetle of some sort on the bathroom floor when I got out of the shower this morning. My cat Cleo always sits on the toilet seat and keeps me company and Delilah lays on the Rug. I long ago gave up the hopes of having any private shower time. So I open the shower door in time to see Delilah take off running full plumpy speed which is a fast trot. Huh..that's odd. Then Cleo jumps down from her perch on the toilet seat and slinks along the wall and at the threshold to the bathroom stops to look down intently. That's when I see the large ugly beetle. She backs up and backs up again and LEAPS over it and runs for her life!! Okay...I have been deserted by my faithful girls and I alone have to face and kill this beetle thing. A slipper wasn't an option so I tried Lysoling it...it just laughed and crawled closer. Then I got scared and grabbed the plunger and plungered it to death....and then had the fun of cleaning up the mess. Majorly yucky! The cats did not come back into the bedroom while I got ready for the day...they sat at the bedroom door and looked in. What fraidy cats I have! This is the one thing that they really should be doing to earn their keep! Where's the huntress spirit???? Have I been a bad influence on them or what? Maybe they think only Males do the killing? Sad state of affairs for sure since now I know it's up to me to protect the house from bugs til hubby comes back next month...good thing our warm up spell is over so shouldn't be an issue...at least I sure hope so!!! Do I have the only fraidy cat girls or do your cats run in terror from bugs??
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@gwoman2 (711)
• United States
27 Jan 10
Hi Tallygirl09, I thought this was hilarious! Thanks for the laugh...but I'll go you one better...I have two giant size Pit Bulls and 4 kiddies the younger of which is about 4 yrs. Now, you ready? My kiddies don't do mice, but they do, do bugs, and my Pits do not, under any circumstances do kiddies!! Did you ever hear of such a thing? And both Pits were adopted by my oldest daughter, so they both came with this trait!! What bothers me the most is the kiddies not doing mice,because sometimes they do come in the house...I live in semi-country area so you know there are lots of mice/rats running around outside, UGH! On another note...the bugs, although ugly...you really should just broom their butts out the door...they too are God's creatures! Good luck and thanks for the laugh! ~G~
• United States
27 Jan 10
I'm glad that I was able to add a chuckle to your day! It was very likely a comical situation if someone had been watching me! It would have been alot easier on me if the beetle passed on from the Lysol but nope. I am just not as kind as you are my dear! In order to broom them out I'd have to sweep it thru the bedroom, might get away and then into the living room and then thru the kitchen into the garage and then out the door! Too risky!! The only bugs that I seem to have any compassion for our spiders and them I do rescue from time to time and escort them outside! I do feel bad for killing the bugs which is why hubby has to do it most of the time. Tho they just creep me out and they have to go and quickly! Now mice, my cats would go for them, I think!!! They have very real looking fur ones that they adore. They each have their own and they don't share them. One gets annoyed if the other plays with the moussie that's not theirs. Tho Mocha can play with any of the toys and it's okay? I think that since we got Mocha, a Jack Russell Terrier when she a pup, both cats kinda think of themselves as her mom. They both wash her face after meals and cuddle up with her like they own her. I love Pits!! They are so intelligent and gentle, so very sad that folks make the assumptions about them that they do. When I was in High School, one of my best friends raised Pits and Bull dogs, her Mom only bred them about every 2 years or so. And they were such great dogs so I think that's why I don't fear them off the bat the way so many do. I'm only 5 foot nothing so if a Pit attacked, I'd be in real trouble but I have never come close to even having that thought cross my mind with Pits. At least your kids help somewhat, our daughter does no bugs or mice or anything...maybe we'll have to add that to her training so to speak this summer... LOL...Be WELL!!
@kaylachan (4775)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
27 Jan 10
My cats won't kill bugs, but they will try and play with them. When roaches or what not appear, the cats watch it with amused interest. Sometimes if they think the animal might do something interesting they swat at it until it accomplishes the goal of pleasing them. In this way, I think the cats are strange creatures. They are suposed to hunt things, but.... most don't at least indoors ones don't.
• United States
27 Jan 10
Well that's not very much help now is it? Tho I guess it might save you from having an unwelcome visitor wandering around your home without your knowledge! Cats are indeed very particular creatures and unpredicatable just like humans which is one of the reasons I can't imagine my house with one! My indoor kitties are spoiled to the max and I think they know it..as they spoil us with hugs and cuddles. Cleo is just turning 4 next month and Delilah will be 4 at the end of the summer so they are both fairly young and love to play and play hunt with each other but not bugs! Mocha, our dog gets to come and go from the backyard at will yet neither cat has shown much interest! They do love to watch the birds and squirrels tho they don't seem to get the fact that they could go out and hunt them! I don't let them out since even tho our backyard is fenced in, they could climb over and there are lots of dogs in our neighborhood so just not safe enough in my opinion.
• United States
27 Jan 10
It must have been a monster beetle. I've never seen my cats run from bugs, but they always start out quite interested in their youth, only to get lazy about it as they get older. So I have to keep taking in young cats to have a trusty exterminator. My 9 year old no longer cares for such things, but luckily my 2 year old still likes to pull the legs off spiders in the basement, leaving just the carcass for me to find.
@Hatley (164229)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Jan 10
hi tallygirl09 oh how funny I can just see thewhole scene in my mind. thanks for a smile and a chuckle. I have read some place that some big beetles cats refuse to eat, maybe they know that the bug may be poisonous for them. I know some dogs know not to chomp on some frogs as they are poisonous. So maybe your cat girls are not fraidy cats but smart cats as they will not munch on a big beetle that may make them sick.Nope don't think you have been a bad influence on them.he he.
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
28 Jan 10
My two flame point Siamese, Willy and Khuay, hunt daddy long legs spiders. They used to eat them legs and all, but now they leave the legs behind...it's a bit disquieting to find legs all over the place. At night I will hear them jump and then hear the chewing and a "PATOOT" that warns me that they have eaten another spider and spit the legs out. They also are great fly catchers and will play with moths until the moths die of exhaustion. Thankfully these are the only bugs that they are interested in. They do hunt lizards when I allow them out on the patio..They bring the lizards in the house, turn them lose and I find them months later when the lizards have grown to the size of alligators (LOL). It seems like they're alligators, the lizards have tripled in size, so it is a bit disquieting when you are going to the bathroom and a lizard comes racing through. Fortunately I am used to the lizards so I just scoop them up and put them back outside and hope that the cats don't cross the lizards path again.