My cat is pushing past 15 years old. She is retired. Last night she was looking out the sliding glass door at her outdoor domain, when suddenly she began running back and forth, looking out the window with those dialated pupils and cocked ears that cats get when “Hunt/Kill” mode sets in. I opened the door, seeing a brief flash of some member of the family rodentia scurrying for its life. Although the mouse had a several second head start, within 10 seconds, the superiority of the genus Felis had been demonstrated, the mouse was dead, and dangling limply from her mouth.
She strode into the house triumphantly. I swear, I was less excited when Italy won the World Cup yesterday (and that was pretty excited). In all the years I’ve known her, I’ve never, NEVER, not even ONCE, seen her take down prey. I’m so proud of her! I was ecstatic, to say the least.
My SO had a significantly different reaction, expressing extreme disgust at the slaughter of the mouse and my resulting glee in particular. Some people just aren’t cat people.
It was like a scene out of Highlander. Suddenly, she looked and acted 10 years younger. She spent the next hour dutifully staring out the window for more prey as though she were a sentry expecting the enemy to come out of the forest any second.
Yes, she consumed her trophy, but only after I put her, mouse in mouth, back on the porch. Hey, I’m proud, but I just shampooed the carpet. This also did not go over well with the SO. After my cat finished, she left the head on the porch. I grabbed a broom and swept it off. When my SO asked what I was doing, I replied “You don’t want to know.”