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Old 06-09-2001, 06:24 AM
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My cat catches and eats mice. Eats 'em from nose to tail. Except, he won't eat one organ, something smooth and grey-green. What is the thing he won't eat?
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Old 06-09-2001, 08:07 AM
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WAG: gall bladder.
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Old 06-09-2001, 02:18 PM
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More likely the caecum. At least that's what most of my cats would never eat. My current cat eats even that (and then barfs up the whole mouse an hour later.) The gall bladder is likely to be avoided in larger animals, such as rabbits. It is bright green, in my experience.
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Old 06-09-2001, 02:23 PM
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This suggests that the gall bladder in a mouse is too small for you to notice easily, and is a "tiny white dot":

http://www.bio200.buffalo.edu/labs/mousepic.html
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Old 06-09-2001, 02:27 PM
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The only thing my cats eat are the heads. I don't think I want to know why.
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:17 AM
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Cat passes on eating mice fetuses

The cat owner who filmed this captured a pretty good image that appears to be the intact rodent uterus with a very visible placenta and multiple fetuses. My cat has left several of these behind too and it took me a while to figure out what they were.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHssjdSr6Ns

But why doesn't the cat eat it?

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Old 07-23-2012, 02:23 AM
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My cat leaves that gray-greenish organ behind as well .. I first suspected kidney, but it's too big for that.. size-wise and according to the form it would be the stomach. But I'm not sure neither. I never think of asking the vet when I am there
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:07 AM
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How interesting, I never knew cats would do that. (When I owned cats they would disassemble the occasional mouse they caught but seemed to be uninterested in eating them)

I wonder if there's a reason for them doing that? They don't like the taste perhaps?
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:26 AM
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My cat likes to eat just one half (front or back) of the mouse and leave the other half directly in the path I take to let the dogs out first thing in the morning, before my eyes are working correctly. She doesn't seem to prefer one half over the other, which leads me to believe there isn't one particular organ that is anathema to cats. Could it be a segment of intestine containing something unpalatable?
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:27 AM
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I thought they left it as a present to you?
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:36 AM
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it has a kidney-shaped form but is far too big in relation to a louse to be a kidney. you can simply pick it up.. the surface is dry and clean..

might be the cat doesn't like the stomach acids
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:56 AM
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How interesting, I never knew cats would do that. (When I owned cats they would disassemble the occasional mouse they caught but seemed to be uninterested in eating them)

I wonder if there's a reason for them doing that? They don't like the taste perhaps?
Well, I quite like beef muscle tissue, but I hate the taste of beef liver (or any liver, for that matter). The various cats I've had have all had individual food likes and dislikes. So maybe it IS that the cats don't like the taste. Or they are amateur anatomists, and would appreciate some paw-friendly scalpels and tweezers.
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:29 AM
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I thought they left it as a present to you?
Mr AaronX
Sir
I send you half the
Kidne I took from one mousie
prasarved it for you tother piece
I fried and ate it was very nise.

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Old 07-23-2012, 07:46 AM
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“Love to eat them mousies, Mousies what I love to eat. Bite they little heads off… Nibble on they tiny feet.”—B. Kliban

http://bestuff.com/stuff/love-to-eat-them-mousies

http://www.etsy.com/listing/51276034...t-them-mousies

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LweTcDegxek

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Old 07-23-2012, 08:14 AM
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Mr AaronX
Sir
I send you half the
Kidne I took from one mousie
prasarved it for you tother piece
I fried and ate it was very nise.

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I'm a bit rusty on cat talk, but I thought it would be something like,
"I gives you mousie, you makez cheezburger?"
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:29 AM
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it has a kidney-shaped form but is far too big in relation to a louse to be a kidney.
I will not eat it from a mouse
I will not eat it from a louse
I do not like green organ jam
I do not like it, Cat-I-Am
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:54 AM
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zombie or no

i've seen cats swallow mice whole in 10 seconds. crush the skull a few times and swallow head first.

there may be a difference between outdoor, indoor and inbetweener cats. if it is food you need you don't want to loose it to another animal.
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:37 AM
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I'm a bit rusty on cat talk, but I thought it would be something like,
"I gives you mousie, you makez cheezburger?"
JtR reference.
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:49 AM
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I thought they left it as a present to you?
One of my former cats used to almost-kill mice and leave them in my shoes, still twitching. The first time, my foot finished the job. Though the cat's gone now, and I don't have mice anyway, I still shake out my shoes before putting them on.
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:33 AM
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It's most likely the liver. Less than an inch, probably less than a half-inch? I have had a cat leave identifiable livers around after mousing. The bile pigments in the liver can make it appear more green after death, rather than the red-brown of a live liver.

Speaking here as someone who has seen my share of both live and dead livers.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:02 AM
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I will not eat it from a mouse
I will not eat it from a louse
I do not like green organ jam
I do not like it, Cat-I-Am
at myself for the typo ..

nice result though

I just found one more of those weird organs and it's definitely the stomach my cat leaves behind. I took a closer look to solve the mystery
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:12 AM
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How interesting, I never knew cats would do that. (When I owned cats they would disassemble the occasional mouse they caught but seemed to be uninterested in eating them)

I wonder if there's a reason for them doing that? They don't like the taste perhaps?
They're just full from being fed cat food.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:54 AM
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The only thing my cats eat are the heads. I don't think I want to know why.
They stay crunchy . . . even in milk!

CMC fnord!
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:04 PM
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The only thing my cats eat are the heads. I don't think I want to know why.
zombie or no

if you eat the head the rest of the tasty and nutritious animal isn't going to run away. lots of cats i've seen start with the head.

dogs will do the head too in smaller prey they've killed. they even eat/bite/dismember the heads of stuffed toys.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:06 PM
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Mr AaronX
Sir
I send you half the
Kidne I took from one mousie
prasarved it for you tother piece
I fried and ate it was very nise.

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