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Kasey

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Originally Posted by HulaHoopJustPassingby

his behavior changed. I was shocked and felt guilty, because Nero had never been taught to catch anything and until the end I somehow believed he would not actually kill.
Arno never bothered. He was a pacifist.

If your cats go outside, surely they must catch something every now and then.

Warning! The video below contains footage of a dog killing a mouse.



Oh sorry Martine ive only just noticed your warning here [smile] ... I have to say it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. No blood or anything... it was all very quick, much quicker than like I said before poisoning... fills me with horror the thought of the latter one.  I honestly think dogs or cats their natural instincts take over as like you said Nero had never been taught what to do. All animals are born with instincts I think.

I would say yes most outdoor cats do catch prey and kill them. I know for a fact Honey used to, never birds though, only mice and rats and Crystal was always a skilled killer... again she never brought any birds to us, only mice and rats but its enough I think to keep you from having to put down poison if you do have a mouse or rat problem starting.  Crystal being nearly 17 now though just cant be bothered ... I honestly think if a mouse walked over her paws she'd just look at them and then go back to what ever she was doing ... having said that she could surprise me [wink]

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When my daughter was a teenager she had a pet rat.  
One day while we were not home he apparently got out of the cage and was never seen again.  
I'm pretty sure one of the dogs ate him.  

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Little Nero really did not mean to upset anybody. He just felt like his true self that moment.

Dogs not only eat pet rats, Ali. Apparently, they also eat the expired bodies of their masters.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/pets-dogs-cats-eat-dead-owners-forensics-science/


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Nero is so cute, Hula, he's just being a dog. (I did not click, though)

Storm killed a little bunny, once. Guess how impressed I was? He didn't mean to, though. We had 3 bunnies nesting in the area where he goes out to do his job. I kept him on lead, but he pulled me (is is strong) and sniffed one to death (literally). It was only just born and I felt terrible. We managed to keep him away from the area until they left. One other died (having nothing to do with Storm) and the third is a back-yard resident.

The mother only comes once a day to tend to her babies.
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My dog, Brooke, chases squirrels, rabbits, etc. but has only once managed to catch anything. That was a quail and she carried it in her mouth for about 1/2 mile with me running behind her shrieking "drop it!" When she finally got home she let it go and it ran, completely unharmed (although I little disoriented, I suspect) under a bush where another family of quails lived. Brooke looked at me as if to say "what was all that fuss about?!"  [cool]
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