Tore her heart out but didn't eat anything

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by DixxieChick, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. DixxieChick

    DixxieChick Hatching

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    This afternoon I went out to put the girls away and could not find Oney, a salmon faverolle who spends all her time in the run. She was blinded in one eye by a hawk months ago and can't find her way back in if she goes out. I sent the older kids to look for her and they found her behind a tree near the run. Her heart was expertly removed and lying nearby, still attached by a large blood vessel. Nothing was eaten. It was all so clean. Has anyone seen this or have any idea what could have done this? I suspect one of our cats. She has been hateful since my husband gave her a good smack on the behind for going after a chicken when we first got the hens. I swear she has held a grudge ever since.
     
  2. Well, I wouldn’t even charge a cat with holding a grudge but since she was interested before she probably stayed interested. I suspect you are right it was the cat since nothing was eaten. My dog once killed a pigeon in a similar manner. And being well fed didn’t eat it once it was dead and uninteresting.

    And I’m sorry for your loss.
     
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  3. DixxieChick

    DixxieChick Hatching

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    Thanks. She finally showed her face today, hissing and spitting and growling when I picked her up. Now I know it was her. She has never hissed or growled before. I still cannot believe she did it :hmm
     
  4. Cats are natural predators. Some do not express this in their behavior but some do and apparently yours is one. Have you considered rehoming her as a mouser or ratter? I’ll bet she’d be terrific. Many cats are not.
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2019
  5. DixxieChick

    DixxieChick Hatching

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    She is a excellent mouser/squirreler/birder/anything that moves-er. I love that she keeps the rodents in check around here but we have to readjust some things if we are going to make it.
     
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  6. cmom

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    :welcome :frow Sorry for your loss and for your cat and added stress for you. I wonder if there is a such thing as a training collars for cats and every time she gets too close to a bird she gets a tone, vibration or a shock. Good luck...
     

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