hort.net Seasonal photo, (c) 2006 Christopher P. Lindsey, All Rights Reserved: do not copy
articles | gallery of plants | blog | tech blog | plant profiles | patents | mailing lists | top stories | links | shorturl service | tom clothier's archive0
Gallery of Plants
Tech Blog
Plant Profiles
Mailing Lists
    Search ALL lists
    Search help
    Subscription info
Top Stories
sHORTurl service
Tom Clothier's Archive
 Top Stories
New Trillium species discovered

Disease could hit Britain's trees hard

Ten of the best snowdrop cultivars

Plant protein database helps identify plant gene functions

Dendroclimatologists record history through trees

Potato beetle could be thwarted through gene manipulation

Hawaii expands coffee farm quarantine

Study explains flower petal loss

RSS story archive

Re: RE: mousers was: holiday decorating

Wow, what a sweet story. I think animals know more than most people give them credit for. I love to hear stories like that.

From: kmrsy@comcast.net
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: RE: [CHAT]mousers was: holiday decorating
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 18:14:00 +0000

Re hunters in training....
Years ago I had Spot the Cat (male) who was a good mouser. He didn't
like other cats much but took an liking to a skinny little stray, so we
took him in. Orangecat was nearly a year old, but no more than 4 pounds.
He'd had a rough time of it. He gained weight, but never seemed to
believe the food would always be there, so he got bigger than he should
have and eventually outweighed Spot by 5 pounds.

Orangecat was pretty slow at catching on to things and did not hunt. I
belive it had to do with his background, including some of the things
Marge mentioned. But also, I beleive the lack of vital nutrients during
a young kitten's development can have retarding effects. Some things he
just didn't quite get.

But just like having a slow learning child, you love them just as much,
and maybe more. And other animals seem to understand these things, too.
The most tender moment I recall was watching Spot trying to teach
Orangecat how to catch a mouse. OC was about 4 yrs old by then. Spot
brought him a mouse and dropped it in front of OC, who would blink and
seem to say "What?" Mouse would scurry, Spot would bring it back and
keep trying. A few tries later OC would lunge at it, of course missing.
This went on and on. OC got a little better, but never caught the mouse.

This dear sweet cat didn't need to be a mouser, he was worth his (substantial) weight in gold as a friend.

> I've developed the theory that good mousers have to be either wild
> born, barn cats or have had a mother who was as their mothers teach
> them to hunt. Most human raised cats are not really good hunters.
> They will chase and often kill something, but that's just instinct
> and not "hunting". My current mighty hunter was (I am sure) either
> born wild or a barn cat baby. She is fixated on hunting; so is
> campused as she cannot distinguish between a bird and a rodento.
> Being in the woods, we always had an influx of mice in autumn...can't
> blame them; I'd rather live in heated quarters in winter, too. I
> think field mice are cute, but do not like them in my kitchen and
> they can make such a mess. Anyway, any mouse who is dumb enough to
> show a whisker around here now has a very shortened life span. My
> mighty hunter eats what she kills - unfortunately, she also often
> barfs it right back up...gag.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
> Editor: Gardening in Shade
> -----------------------------------------------
> Current Article: Variegation on the Green Theme - Part One
> http://www.suite101.com/welcome.cfm/shade_gardening
> ------------------------------------------------
> Complete Index of Articles by Category and Date
> http://mtalt.hort.net/article-index.html
> ------------------------------------------------
> All Suite101.com garden topics :
> http://www.suite101.com/topics.cfm/635
> ----------
> > From: Daryl <pulis@mindspring.com>
> >
> > Pam,
> >
> > One of my friends does cat rescue. She says that a lot of shelter
> cats are
> > just owner give-ups and are poor mousers.
> >
> > I'll have her keep an eye open for me, though. It would also need
> to be a
> > cat that could get along with our elderly dog, who tore his
> cruciate
> > ligament a few weeks ago. The poor old guy tries to hunt, but is
> severely
> > hampered. I was going to find him a rescue pup/dog, since he hadn't
> ever
> > been an only dog until December, but I think the new activity would
> probably
> > make his leg worse.
> >
> > Daryl
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the

To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the

Surf and talk on the phone at the same time with broadband Internet access. Get high-speed for as low as $29.95/month (depending on the local service providers in your area). https://broadband.msn.com

To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the

Other Mailing lists | Author Index | Date Index | Subject Index | Thread Index

 © 1995-2017 Mallorn Computing, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
Our Privacy Statement