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‘Kittycam’ study finds cats are virtual killing machines
Yahoo! News ^ | August 07, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer,

Posted on 08/07/2012 8:19:10 PM PDT by george76

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1 posted on 08/07/2012 8:19:15 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

This is news?


2 posted on 08/07/2012 8:20:43 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will NEVER get my vote.)
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To: george76

My inside cat is always looking at the bird feeder licking his chops.


3 posted on 08/07/2012 8:23:19 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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4 posted on 08/07/2012 8:25:13 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: george76

I believe mice are underrepresented in this poll of “likely victims”.


5 posted on 08/07/2012 8:26:13 PM PDT by One Name
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To: Jonty30

If it moves, a cat will attack it, if it taste good, a cat will eat it. Primal instincts in practice.


6 posted on 08/07/2012 8:26:33 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will NEVER get my vote.)
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To: george76
Put one of those cams on a Jack Russell Terrier and I'll show you a killin machine. And they take big game

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You ain't seen nuthin till you watch an experienced JRT pluck moles out of the ground like pulling up daisies.
7 posted on 08/07/2012 8:27:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: george76

Breaking News!!!

Water is WET!


8 posted on 08/07/2012 8:30:23 PM PDT by Freakazoid (God is sovereign)
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To: george76
Our cat used to insist on being outside all night. She would deposit parts of her victims nearby before she came in for breakfast. She was a great hunter.

Whe was always very friendly and very cute inside, but having watched her alter ego enough, I always used to tell her how glad I was that I was so much bigger than her........

9 posted on 08/07/2012 8:30:29 PM PDT by Lakeshark (I don't care for Mitt; the alternative is unthinkable)
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To: george76

Any frogs my cats catch they eat entirely.

Same thing with mice and bugs. Moles, rarely eat. Must taste weird. No birds for the blind cats and the other one isn’t interested in hunting. They did clean the property from being over run with rats and mice. Did a good job.


10 posted on 08/07/2012 8:31:55 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: george76

I’m not sure what they were using for metrics, but I read an article once that said the most efficient predator in the entire animal kingdom was a mother cat, with kittens to feed.


11 posted on 08/07/2012 8:34:37 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: george76

I’m not sure what they were using for metrics, but I read an article once that said the most efficient predator in the entire animal kingdom was a mother cat, with kittens to feed.


12 posted on 08/07/2012 8:34:50 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: cripplecreek

Groundhogs are nasty when cornered.

But that looks like a youngster.

Still I give the dog credit for taking one. They are not that easy to surprise.


13 posted on 08/07/2012 8:36:51 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: george76

My cats used to kill everything that moved, but now they like to sit in the shade with the squirrels. They think everything in the yard is a fellow pet.


14 posted on 08/07/2012 8:37:37 PM PDT by pallis
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To: cripplecreek

Jack Russells and Rat Terriers give cats a good run for the money on killing game.


15 posted on 08/07/2012 8:39:57 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: george76

Duh! What’s next? Government funding for “Birdcams” to see if they fly?


16 posted on 08/07/2012 8:42:29 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: doc1019

We had a dragonfly swarm recently. My cats had a field day. My male cat actually killed and ate a hummingbird once. I couldn’t believe it. Feeder was in the wrong place. I’ll never give up cats. They serve their purpose making out home mouse free. Haven’t had any chipmunk holes in my lawn in years either. >:)


17 posted on 08/07/2012 8:48:21 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: TheRhinelander

As an added benefit, cats will keep your lawn free of moles. Love cats. Limited maintenance maximum love and will keep your household free of rodents ... what is not to love.


18 posted on 08/07/2012 8:56:34 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will NEVER get my vote.)
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To: george76; Lady Jag; Slings and Arrows

19 posted on 08/07/2012 8:58:53 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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20 posted on 08/07/2012 9:07:06 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: george76

My cat has earned herself a place on the survival homestead. We let her out on a leash sometimes if someone’s outside with her, there are too many coyotes around to leave her unsupervised. A few weeks ago she was out with me, and she went out of my sight for one second, just one, and came back with a rabbit in her mouth. She’d managed to kill it without breaking the skin.

It was pretty good roasted with potatoes.


21 posted on 08/07/2012 9:08:37 PM PDT by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: george76

Our cat killed mostly mice and rabbits.

When she got older, she would sometimes bring them in the house. I had to chase a rabbit all over my family room to get it out of the house. My wife found a mouse in a coat pocket in a closet.

She was a little calico who lived to almost 18 years.


22 posted on 08/07/2012 9:11:24 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: tacticalogic
I’m not sure what they were using for metrics, but I read an article once that said the most efficient predator in the entire animal kingdom was a mother cat, with kittens to feed.

We had a tortoise shell cat who had several litters of kittens before we fixed her. As the kittens got bigger, we would notice piles of feathers in our back yard. The cat was obviously eating out to supplement her regular meals.

23 posted on 08/07/2012 9:17:07 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: packrat35
You are correct sir......9 weeks old killed its first snake, then killed a small bird that fell out of a nest, murdered a rabbit by gnawing it's head off against the fence, got a rat and was tossing it in the air till it stopped squeaking and finally dragged a small turtle into the house and was trying to pull the shell apart until the wife saved the young turtle. Screaming ,"what is wrong with this little bast#rd", he's so cute but he kills everything.".

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24 posted on 08/07/2012 9:21:19 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: doc1019
... what is not to love.

The litter box.

25 posted on 08/07/2012 9:36:17 PM PDT by Taylor42
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To: cripplecreek

People forget that ALL the terriers are ratters—even the great beauties among them. But they’re not as fun to watch in action as the cats. Dogs just do it. With cats, it’s an art.


26 posted on 08/07/2012 9:36:45 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: little jeremiah

(Love your tagline.)

You’re right about moles. I watched one of my cats follow a mole (poor thing, I really thought he was a goner) step-by-step, hip-sway to hip-sway. Cleo nudged him once or twice, then walked away rather disgustedly. I think cats believe moles are just too far beneath their skill-level.


27 posted on 08/07/2012 9:41:41 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: george76

"...so?"

28 posted on 08/07/2012 9:44:56 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Pontiac
Still I give the dog credit for taking one. They are not that easy to surprise.

My sister had a dog that could run down birds.

29 posted on 08/07/2012 9:48:57 PM PDT by dr_lew
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My sister had a dog that could run down birds.

My brother- in law’s Rhodesian Ridgeback did that.

He never killed them; he just seemed to do it for the sport. Catch and release I guess.

The dog did it with squirrels as well.

He pinned them with his paws like a cat rather than catching them in his mouth. I always thought that an odd thing for a dog to do.

30 posted on 08/07/2012 10:08:51 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Dick Vomer

Yep they are Born To Kill!


31 posted on 08/07/2012 10:08:51 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: Pontiac

I have had many labs that would catch and eat birds.


32 posted on 08/07/2012 10:10:06 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: Jonty30

You know sometimes the bird just asks for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He_4QP1OHic&feature=related


33 posted on 08/07/2012 10:16:35 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: george76

They needed a study for this? Our cat would probably kill me if I didn’t fight back (he and my husband FIGHT - biting, hitting, etc. for play, but I have had to teach him I AM NOT game....)He has tried....I have the scars to prove it. (We got him as a feral kitten.)


34 posted on 08/07/2012 10:25:53 PM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: george76
What the kittycam saw:


35 posted on 08/07/2012 10:26:31 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Dick Vomer

Is that a Norfolk? My Westie used to give chase to anything in sight that wasn’t human. He even injured a cat once but not because he bit it, he chased it off a 2nd floor balcony and the cat jumped, landed on its feet and just kind of limped away. Poor kitty. But he has killed mice, squirrels, possums, always chases cats. But like some terrier breeds he will not chase down birds. He seems to like hangin’ with the sparrows and the starlings and the jays. And they like him around because they know he keeps the cats away. Will chase pigeons tho’. I notice now since he has turned 10 y.o. critters will come into our yard and he is happy to just hang and watch.


36 posted on 08/07/2012 10:42:07 PM PDT by BombHollywood
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Is that a Norfolk? My Westie used to give chase to anything in sight that wasn’t human. He even injured a cat once but not because he bit it, he chased it off a 2nd floor balcony and the cat jumped, landed on its feet and just kind of limped away. Poor kitty. But he has killed mice, squirrels, possums, always chases cats. But like some terrier breeds he will not chase down birds. He seems to like hangin’ with the sparrows and the starlings and the jays. And they like him around because they know he keeps the cats away. Will chase pigeons tho’. I notice now since he has turned 10 y.o. critters will come into our yard and he is happy to just hang and watch.


37 posted on 08/07/2012 10:42:27 PM PDT by BombHollywood
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To: george76

Cool catcam in HD.
http://www.keysvoices.com/%E2%80%9Ckey-west-six-toed-cat-cam%E2%80%9D-offers-unique-purr-spective/


38 posted on 08/07/2012 10:42:54 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: TheRhinelander

My current cat, Smokey, must have a non-aggresion pact with the household mouse. He doesn’t bother it. He has brought home a baby rabbit and a mole, to leave on our doorstep, ‘tho’. A former cat, since passed on to the great Animals’ Fiddlers’ Green, used to catch them and bring them still alive to us...at 3 AM in our bed!


39 posted on 08/07/2012 10:56:07 PM PDT by VietVet (I am old enough to know who I am and what I believe, and I 'm not inclined to apologize for any of)
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Australian Terrier and if he wasn’t so cute I’d of killed him. I’m spoiled because our other dog is a German Shepard. So our family has an Einstein and a kid with ADHD.... the Shepard is smart as heck and the Aussie is a killing little thug, but so spunky and cute. It always needs to be at your feet touching you. very cool dog. The Shepard just kind of shrugs and I can just here her thinking, “ I could kill that , but I don’t FEEL like it.” hahahahaha


40 posted on 08/07/2012 11:09:44 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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First, I'm skeptical of a study that has no rabbit tally. In the early spring our Kitty takes several a day for weeks. Now, about raccoons... yes, raccoons.

This is a true story.

I was posting on FR around 3 AM in my basement lair two years ago, waiting for the cat to come in so I could lock the back door. I herd a thump in the upstairs landing and thought, "Great, Kitty just came in." Then I heard two frantic screech-growls and thought, "Oh. Not so good, he's chased another cat into the house, and they're fighting in the landing."

Imagine my surprise when I opened the basement door and gazed upon a whirling cartoon-ball of fur, claws and screaming noise consisting of our cat, another cat, and a raccoon. As soon as the two cats saw me they skyrocketed out of the room, leaving me to face a very angry, but fortunately somewhat dazed raccoon in my pajamas.

What happened next involved the raccoon jumping on top of our china cabinet (and subsequently pushing it over, destroying most of my wife's dishes) as I frantically broomed the critter into the garage, where, cornered, she managed to destroy most of our Christmas decorations and a set of curtains before I got the garage door open, forcing her out. Since most of the skunks in our area are rabid -- and 'coons have a similar reputation -- I was none-too-pleased to be wearing my natural feet instead of steel-toed boots throughout the process.

During the entire fracas none of my three children or wife heard a peep.

The next day my wife told me that Kitty had been treeing a pregnant raccoon routinely for about a week, and evidently the 'coon had gotten between the cat and the house with nowhere to go but inside.

I have never seen him run from anything but a very large (HUGE, in fact: 350 pounds by the look of him) black bear who strayed into our cookout at dusk on Memorial Day 2012. Lucky thing, I'm not sure what my wife would've done if the cat had attacked the bear, and my shotgun was upstairs in the cabinet.

41 posted on 08/07/2012 11:20:55 PM PDT by FredZarguna (But it's God's part... to bring ourselves to such a pass. Our natural business lies in escaping.)
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To: Taylor42

Exactly. And with 4 cats I’ve got 4 boxes to clean and after so many years I’m getting sick. of. it.

Plus they leave little piles of throw-up and hairballs and scratch up our carpet till it’s threadbare and claw at the door trim....

Other than that I love kitty cats:)


42 posted on 08/07/2012 11:25:24 PM PDT by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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43 posted on 08/08/2012 12:04:42 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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44 posted on 08/08/2012 12:40:07 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: FredZarguna

“leaving me to face a very angry, but fortunately somewhat dazed raccoon in my pajamas.”

What was a raccoon doing in your pajamas? :-)


45 posted on 08/08/2012 1:02:01 AM PDT by Duck Fan
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To: Pontiac

I had a ‘mutt’ that killed at least 43 woodchucks one summer. The dog was always with me while I worked in the apple orchards near home.
They (dogs) can make good hunters. While managing an apple picking crew, there was one man who always brought his dalmatian, that dog was a good ‘mouser’ - 20-50 mice a day.


46 posted on 08/08/2012 1:35:19 AM PDT by PastorJimCM (truth matters)
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Did the woodchucks ever manage to get a piece of your dog?

With their teeth and claws they have been known to take a chunk out of a dog.


47 posted on 08/08/2012 1:49:01 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: FredZarguna
a whirling cartoon-ball of fur, claws and screaming noise consisting of our cat, another cat, and a raccoon.

That’s unusual. You don’t typically have two cats forming alliances to take on a larger animal.

So what happened to the strange cat?

48 posted on 08/08/2012 1:54:33 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: george76

My Ham ate the face off a baby rabbit the other day. He likes to bring things into the house for us. Sometimes alive, sometimes defaced or debacked or beheaded. It’s just in them no matter how well they are fed.


49 posted on 08/08/2012 2:30:21 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: george76

I hate cats.
Seriously.

And I am sure one of their mindless flunkies will report that to their feline overlords.
Again, seriously.


50 posted on 08/08/2012 3:14:02 AM PDT by djf (The barbarian hordes will ALWAYS outnumber the clean-shaven. And they vote.)
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