Pussy the predator

I have to admit that I didn’t really take too much notice of all the dire warnings from the RSPB and BTO about the impact that domestic cats can have on local bird populations – that is, until The Cat came up to The Chookery and left the town behind her …
I may have previously reported how, when she got access to the CatFlap(R), how well she took to the huntin’ life of the highlands. To give an example of her skill and success, there was one 24 hour period last week where the kill that was actually brought into the house was; three mice, two fledglings and one other small bird (exactly what I can’t now remember). For the last few days she has been much less active, but when Her Maj went down to Somerset to check up on what her kids have been doing with her house, pussy sharpened her claws again and went back to work on the birdies …
She’s never before been much of a one for taking prey during the day, but on returning home from t’ mill this afternoon, I found two dead tweets on the lounge carpet; one greenfinch and one great tit. The interesting thing was, when I went to dispose of the carcases in the traditional manner by hurling them out through the front door, there were two dead sparrows on the doorstep. Methinks The Cat recognises that these birds are common types and not to be invited in through the front door.
I have been giving serious consideration to belling The Cat, but have yet to find a collar which is not impregnated with insecticides, and I don’t want to stop using the other treatment on her which is supposed to be efficacious for ticks.

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