June 19, 2013

Our Crazy, Lovable Cat


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Brisa is still happily with us, although some days we wonder if she was the best decision.  Her constant amusement with human food, which often gets in the way of our cooking and eating can be quite frustrating.  She also enjoys killing rats and birds (we are okay with the first, not with the second) and often enjoys bringing them into the home to show us.  On a couple of different occasions her trophies have been brought to our bed.

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And if all of this isn’t bad enough, yesterday our little neighbor girl, Zayda, showed up at our door after school while we were gardening and shared that she needed to talk to us.  We stopped what we were doing and gave her our attention, when she went onto tell us that our cat had entered their home last weekend on two different occasions and killed their baby chickens.  She was gracious with us, but we were so embarrassed and are unsure of what we can do to change this.  Later in the day we brought over some chocolate cake to say sorry and we are headed to the market today to buy more chickens for the family, but we are afraid that it will happen again. 

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We love our cuddly kitty, but we don’t want to make any enemies in the neighborhood.  So for any of you cat owners and experts out there, send us some advice.


Melanie said...

Unfortunately she will not stop killing ever. Especially if she has done it once. She will do it again.
I have one cat who kills birds and brings them to me, and has for 7 years. They are showing you their affection. He also eats human food at every chance he can. We can't leave anything on the counter. The other two cats could care less.
The only issue with killing chickens (besides that they are not your chickens) is the disease involved. My cat got these nasty ticks all over (stick tight fleas) from chickens.
Sorry, not much help :( The cat is going to do what she wants. Unless you can keep her inside.

Amanda said...

There's a show on National Geographic or TLC, can't remember which...anyway, it's called "My Cat from Hell", and this guy is sorta a cat whisperer. What he usually tells people with cats who are aggressive or overly active and mischiveous is to play with them more. Not sure if that works for the killing instinct, but maybe if you tire her out she'll have less interest in chasing chickens?
Our cat kills birds too... It's gross. She had a more difficult time grabbing them though, when we filed her nails. :)

Cassie and Kevin Zonnefeld said...

Thank-you ladies. I was hoping for a cure all, but unfortunately this probably isn't the case. We will take some of your suggestions and see what happens!