It’s no question our cats are natural-born hunters. Hey, it’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. They enjoy being on the hunt for hours on end and look forward even more to rewarding you with presents in the form of prey. While they mean well, cats might not understand this can be an unwelcomed gift.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Even if your cat’s well fed and has a good indoor/outdoor life balance, it’s quite possible he or she will still hunt and stalk.
- Cats don’t respond well to punishments or scolding. So the next time he or she comes bearing a mouse that’s seen better days, or a pretty dragonfly, just remember the intentions are good. It’s in their nature, so don’t try to confuse them.
- Here’s a tip that might work well. Put a bell on your cat’s collar so his or her poor victims can hear the jingling. This isn’t always foolproof, however. Cats can be quite stealthy. If you use a belled cat collar, make sure it has an emergency release for easy escape should he or she get caught in a bush or another object. You should be able to find these at any pet store.
- Cats who often catch—and munch on—rodents are more likely to get intestinal worms or parasites. Not to worry—just make sure you keep up-to-date with your cat’s veterinary checkups and you’ll both be golden.
No matter what interesting gifts your cat comes bearing at the end of a long day on the hunt, remember—hunting is an innate and instinctual part of their nature and he or she just really wants your praise, love, and affection.