Andy Moffatt wrote:They aren't hungry enough, stop feeding them.
Rebecca Norman wrote:Well, maybe don't stop feeding them entirely, because they will not allow you to do so.
But if you feed them only vegetarian food they might be more inspired to catch and eat meat themselves.
But cutting back on the food or the quality of food you give a cat is not easy. They can be very persistent in letting you know it's not as good as what you used to give them!
Lynn Garcia wrote:Having had cats for most of my life I can tell you the most likely reason your cats aren't killing and eating their presents to you. Cats don't naturally kill, they LEARN it, from their mothers. This learning begins early but they don't usually really learn the lesson until around 8-12 weeks of age sometimes even later. So if you want a mouser you need to let the mother teach them, which means not taking the kitten away before 12 weeks of age. Also this is further complicated by whether the mother is a mouser. IF the mother has learned to hunt and kill she will train the kittens properly. IF she has never killed AND eaten anything she will not teach the kittens properly. That said it is possible that a cat who did not learn in this time frame can learn it later, but it will probably have to be taught by example from another cat who DOES kill and eat their prey. Further complications are that some breeds of cat have lost the hunting instinct. Best bet is to get from a farmers mouser litter after 12 weeks.
Best of luck!
PS. Also as far as rabbits go it depends on where you are living if the rabbits/hares are small enough for the cat to even kill. The various Cottontails of North America are easily within the size that a cat can and will kill. The larger species of rabbits and hares have as much chance of killing the cat as the cat has of killing them.
Peter Ellis wrote:
As for the OP's question(s) a) most cats will only go for baby or juvenile rabbits. Adult rabbits are too big for a domestic cat to bring down (typically, please no stories about pet cervals or such. Domestic felines are not normally going to take adult rabbits)
b) reducing their food may encourage them to be more aggressive hunters, or it may encourage them to go find new humans to feed them. c) efficient killing the rabbits yourself? Grab by hind feet and head. Pull sharply. Rabbits have weak necks and it is easy to fatally dislocate their necks in this manner. While efficient and probably easier on the rabbit than bashing them on the head, I won't try to say it is easy on you.
Burra Maluca wrote:My perfectly normal sized domestic cat used to bring back full sized hares, much to my disapproval.
They would last her four days - she'd eat the head the first day, the shoulders the second, the abdomen the third and the back legs on the fourth and final day.
Rose Pinder wrote:Nice photos Burra. What did your cat do with the uneaten bits in the meantime?