Birdseed for Cats

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Eleven pounds of Callie in repose

Now that is one tuckered killing machine. She was outside for about five hours before she rattled the doorknob and I let her in. That means she was hunting in the weeds and sagebrush. Chipmunks, mostly. Sometimes she brings them to front door to eat. Evidently the heads, shoulders, and backs suffice. I always make her give up the prey if I can, because the chipmunks are covered with fleas. Usually she lets me, my being head cat and all.

What happened today was, I realized my hand in this. The simple act of putting out sunflower seeds for the birds has consequences far beyond a happy flock of piñon jays. So many seeds get scattered or stolen that I’m surely supporting a thriving community of rodents. This might be related to the fox and bobcat sightings. Coyotes are a given, and they eat chipmunks, too. So does the cat, of course. If I could just get her to eat sunflower seeds directly, instead of turning them into a chipmunk first, there wouldn’t be all this gore on the door mat.

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  • Rita February 10, 2015, 12:53 AM

    Hilarious

  • kaye February 10, 2015, 6:54 AM

    My poor city kitties don’t get the natural life Callie does. They must stay inside or be killed by idiot drivers!

  • judyinboston February 10, 2015, 8:51 AM

    The way cats cross their paws and feet is so cute! Makes them look well-mannered and docile, and we know they are mighty hunters.

  • Beth in Taos February 10, 2015, 9:18 AM

    Our two cats are indoor-only or they would be eaten by coyotes. So we put birdseed in the backyard, especially near the sliding glass door, and the cats stay there for hours watching the birds. The birdseed does attract the occasional mouse, who somehow finds its way inside the house. One of the cats is a good mouser and ends up hunting the mouse inside the safety of the house, leaving a small carcass for me to clean up.

  • Bob February 10, 2015, 9:21 AM

    She looks like a sister to our cat. He’s a seventeen pound Siberian of the same coloring as your Callie. His name is Moikoishky Biscotti, which is just to much work to say so we call him Cotti. He stays inside but loves the screened in porch. The only thing he hunts are moths and flies. I put a bird feeder outside the window where is tower is and he sits there and pops his jaws when the birds are feeding.

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