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Old 06-25-2011, 04:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Miu just caught and ate a small butterfly. I was unable to stop her because unlike ants, she went completely ballistic catching it. With ants, she would just follow them and half-heartedly paw at them. However, she went wild catching this butterfly, overturning a bowl of pet water, jumping around very high. I couldn't open the door to let it out for fear she would just bolt out to catch it. Rocky was barking and trying to stop her. We had trouble even trying to catch him. By that time she had snatched it from the air and ran away, carrying it in her mouth. She took it some place and my sis said she ate it.

My sis and my mom are totally grossed out. My sis doesn't like with me and usually jokes about catnapping Miu. After this, she like ew...you can have her back.

I feel bad for the butterfly but it happened so fast. What do you do with you cat catching bugs?
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She is a predator. Her instinct is to hunt and eat what she catches. If my cat catches a bug she's welcome to eat it. I might stop her if it's a stink bug but that's about it. Bugs are definitely on the species menu and are quite nutritious.
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I get so grossed out, I herk out a hairball.
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Old 06-25-2011, 06:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok I mangled up my English....can't edit post. I had a brain hiccup so bad I'm not sure what I was trying to say either. HAHA. Anyways, I meant my sister usually jokes and says she'll catnap Miu cuz she's so cute. But after Miu just hunted and ate the butterfly, she's totally grossed out.

@marie: I'd like to see that!

Well, I wasn't too insistent cuz I had the same thought about her exercising her predator instincts but after my mom pointed it out, I was like yeah...poor butterfly.
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Yep...and best thing is....keeps them busy for awhile and we do not have to prepare it...lol
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My cat loves to eat spiders. I just let him chow down. Its there instinct and 99 percent of bugs your cat will run into wont hurt them anyways so they should be good.
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I was looking after a friends cat one time and it caught and ate a white butterfly. It was chomping away with the wings poking out of the sides of its mouth.

The only time I worried about Zenobi going after an insect was when she became interested in a yellow stripe wasp.

I've read articles where it has been suggested that people should eat bugs (properly cooked, of course).
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What do I do when my cats eats bugs?

I applaud! In fact, once a week, I pick up a couple dozen crickets and toss them in the tub for the cats to pick off as they choose. *grin*

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Holy crap, is that why Charlee chirps???!!
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