Old Mack’s Tales

July 25, 2010

Of Rats and Cats

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ron McKinney aka "OldMack" @ 7:45 pm

Our Cats Like Rats

The rats in our hood don’t stand a chance with our Cally out hunting every night.  Cally is a calico; her natural camouflage is perfect for the summer grass in the orange grove behind our yard.  She deposited dead rats in our side yard every night last week.

Our other cat is a feral black and white named Oreo.  Oreo, since delivering three kittens which are still nursing, has become a scavenger instead of a hunter.

The aroma of Cally’s Friday Night Kill lured Oreo into the side yard.  Oreo sunk her teeth into that dead rat and ran into our utility room—perhaps to show her kittens what real cat food looks like.  I stuck my hand in a plastic shopping bag and went out to take the carrion away from Oreo and her kittens.  She snatched it up by the scruff and ran out the back door.  We had a brief fight over the carcass, which she was determined to keep.  I won and flung the dead rat over the fence into the grove.  If Oreo wants to eat the damned thing she knows where to find it, or sniff it out.


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