I've recently discovered a good blog named The Rambler
that delves into a lot of hoaxy material. Recently Mark (who writes The Rambler) posted a disturbing entry
about some relatives of his who let their cats run out of control:
They never cleaned the litterbox so the cats defecated all over the house. They particularly liked shoes and closets so getting dressed must have been like camping in Africa. My wife's cat makes so much noise when he's hungry that I can't imagine anyone not feeding one cat let alone 11, but they frequently let them go without food. The mother cat eventually turned cannibalistic and would wait behind furniture or random piles of crap for a kitten to walk by. When one was unlucky enough to do so, she leapt out, killed and ate it.
A cannibalistic mother cat? I'm assuming Mark isn't pulling our leg, but I've never heard of such a thing. Though I should add that my understanding of cat behavior is mostly shaped by the behavior of the one plump and lazy cat who lives with me.
My cats don't do much hunting beyond their own food bowls, but they're pretty domesticated.
re: cats are gross -- I'm sure cats think you are gross too.
As is the case with mysterious cattle mutilations and so on, if you didn't actually see the tomcat killing the kittens, I wouldn't be certain that it wasn't some other animal, or even that they didn't die of other causes (accident, disease, genetic defects) to be scavenged later by birds, dogs, rats, insects, or almost anything else.
I have heard of male (feral) cats killing kittens, but if the mother is around she usually defends them to the point of driving off any males.
National Feral Cat Day is October 16, if you can believe that feral cats rate their own official day.
About cat's social behavior, here in Italy (I don't know in other places) we have a special chanche to see it at work, as in the historical city centers, where cars cannot go, grow big colonies of cats, thanks even to the effort of some old womans that feed them regularly... In this environment, ethologists surprisingly observed that cats have an incredibly complex social behavior, much more than wild lions, with multi-level and non-linear hierarchies, favor-bartering and so on... and with complexity came an imprved chanche for unpredicatble behavior in exceptional circumstances....
re: re: cats are gross -- I'm sure cats think you are gross too.
You have to have language skills to think. I only know 1 talking cat.
I did see the cat attack its kittens (which weren't babies but on the verge of cat adulthood) on two occasions and saw a partially eaten kitten in the house but never saw her attack, kill, and eat one of her offspring in one sitting (for one thing, when I saw it, I yelled and chased her off the little cats). My cousin and friend thought the abuse was hilarious and most likely encouraged it. As I mentioned in the original post, I adopted/stole the puppy they kept because he was clawed all over his body (as well as starved and neglected).
The cat's owners swore that they saw her kill and eat her kittens but they weren't exactly trustworthy. She definitely attacked them and I have no doubt she would have killed the two I witnessed but it's possible the attacks were territorial.
But something ate out the stomach of the dead kitten I saw at their house. Personally I still think the mother did it but the other kittens might have scavenged the dead body. For all that went on there, I wouldn't put it past my cousin to have done it himself.
I must dissagree with that. I don't see why you can't think in pictures or ideas.
At least cats are seldom off topic. 😉
As far as legs sticking out of a cat's mouth, felines don't swallow their prey whole. They use their rear molars to saw off meat. Their fangs are only for gripping and holding live prey while they kill it. That story is bunk.
Hi all! I have a male cat that is only one years old and he has been hunting snakes. He will not hunt nothing else and I was wondering why he only hunts snakes. The only funny thing about it is that they are alive, he don't kill them. I have been told many of times that male cats do not hunt. I have two other male cats and also my neighbors male cats and none of them hunt. If anyone can get back to me to let me know why he has been hunting and if any of your male cats hunt and give me some feedback. Thank you: Mandi
As for domestic cats I'm not sure but it is known more rabbits to kill it's own kittens in a litter and eat them if they think there is not enough food tog o around for all of them.
I feel terribly sad, and blame myself for letting the kitten out. My flat looks so empty now, Drago's toys are still scattered around, and i cannot even bring myself to throw his food away. I thappened so quickly, it was almost unreal.
Beware if you have kittens, CATS DO EAT KITTENS.
What gets me about this whole topic is the failure of Mark to stop this sh*t. There, right in front of him, animals abused & killed because his cousin thought it amusing.
What else is his cousin guilty of?
Does he/she have access to children?
When I came back with the box to put them all in (it took about 5-7 minutes), I took some cloth so that I could grab the kittens and not touch them. I put the first 2 in the box and I was waiting to get the last 1. At first, I thought the mother cat was licking and cleaning the kitten but then I saw blood on the side of the cat's face. I moved more of the weeds that were coving the cat's nesting; I saw the half eaten kitten. The mother cat ignored me and continued to eat her kitten. The mother cat was not hungry because I feed her yesterday before the storm and she eat regularly. I took the other kittens into the house. I called my wife to let her know that 1 kitten did not make it. I could not tell her since it would hurt her and most likely disgust her. I went back out to try to call the cat away but she would not leave. I looked again and saw that only the head of the kitten remained. Next, I heard a loud crunch and saw the mother cat finishing the kitten.
My conclusion to what happened is that some how the kitten must have gotten away from the nesting area during the storm and layed out in the rain. The mother must have sensed that her kitten was sick and was not going to live long. I guess I'm still a bit shocked. Its been about 3 hours now and kittens and mother cat are sleeping in the box comfortably.
Two days ago, I noticed that one of the kittens was weak and unable to nurse on its own. I planned on bottle feeding her, but she died just a little later. I had taken the kitten out of the box to examine it, when a very disturbed Sunshine came to take it back. I thought maybe there was an ounce of life left in it that the she could sense, so I let her have the kitten. I planned on removing it later when Sunshine went out for fresh air. A short time later, I went over to the box to investigate some odd noises, and found that Sunshine was eating the dead kitten.
I knew that cats would discard/dump sick or dead kittens to eliminate odor from the nest and guard against predators, but I never heard of them eating them before. I was shocked and I felt bad for Sunshine. She felt she had to dispose of the body to keep her other kittens safe. If I had known there was a chance of that happening, I never would have let her take it back to the box.
Sunshine is a very protective mother. I know she would never hurt one of her live kittens. When there was something obviously wrong with her kitten, she kept grooming her and trying to nurse her. Even after it appeared that the kitten was dead Sunshine kept licking and moving it and doing her "mommy" meow. It was very sad. Sunshine was very careful and protective of herself while she was pregnant. About two weeks ago, she adopted an empty cardboard box in my living room. She moved right in and got it ready for having her babies. Unfortunately only one of them was born there. It's sad that two of her kittens are dead now. The good news is: the remaining two kittens are doing very well, as is Sunshine, and she is taking very good care of them. They are getting big and fat.
I love my cats. Sunshine is my spoiled house kitty. Besides her and her kittens, I have a lot of outside cats, (pets and feral.) They are all so pretty and sweet, each with their own personality. And they do wonders to keep the mouse population down. Cats are wonderful creatures!
It's a shame that Meagan thinks cats are gross. I think if she really got to know a cat, she couldn't help but love it. Cats can develop some really bad behaviors when they're not properly cared for. But when given all the love and attention they need, they thrive. Even if you can't recognize it, they return your affection.
The mother cat would not get away from what was left of her kitten. I poured water on her and it did not fase her. The kitten was just as healthy as the other four. moments after she was done she acted as if nothing out of the ordinary had happend. The sight of the kittens blood on the grass was vry disturbing. My conclusion to this is that either the baby was sick the mother was sick or the mother is psycho.
They are home raised Sphynx cats, NOT ferral, live in a nice clean environment and have readily available food always in their dishes. Most curious is that another female had 5 kittens at about the same time, and dracula mommy [under my watchful eye] has been helping to care for them since then without getting hunger tantrums.
Someone suggested that the recent rash of pet food poisoning might cause unusual behavior, but I haven't seen anything specific in this regard.
on 4 July I got myself a new Kodak digital camera with video capability and filmed the happy kittys. You can find a link to the video at
Alls well that ends well.
We were having a garage sale yesterday, and I don't know if all of the chaos, etc. moving stuff from the garage to the front room, etc. upset her...she's in the back of the house and we were working in the front...but yesterday evening, we noticed the kittens were gone. We literally tore the whole house up looking for them. (We have a 1400 sq. ft. home, so not too much searching to do). We conculded that she must have eaten them, because we cannot find them anywhere. We keep all of the doors open and garage access door open, as we want to be able to get where ever they are in the event we overlooked them.
Has this happened to anyone else....another strange thing is that before she was constantly w/ her kittens, lately she's all over the house roaming....and we're assuming not w/ the kittens.
this is absolutely wierd.
The comments are in the diary entry for September 12, 2007 - in sumary, at least one carcass appeared to have been recently drowned and one had dry fur, only the tail and hind legs of the 3rd was found but may have been of a drowned kitten, too. The smartest one was still alive yesterday and is the only one not almost all black like their mother. The black with white spots alpha father is around but wasn't seen around the carcasses like the mother. The mother was seen carrying the first by the nape of the neck and then hovering over the carcass a half an hour later - didn't have the time to see if the first was alive when carried over but assume it wasn't.
She is a wonderful cat to the two people who feed her, but she attacked a relative that had the scent of hunting dogs on him.
We have read that early spaying could be the reason that this cat kills kittens and eats parts of them, but are not really sure. We hate to put her down, but it may come to that if she continues to attack.
Please let me hear from anyone that has ever heard of this.
im really doubting that happened
though cats will eat their young but only if they are still born or born with mutations. a mother will not eat its own perfectly healthy children no matter how hungry, and it would of escaped and found mice or things like that before eating its children even if it did happen
Does anyone have any idea why they would do this? ;(
Well, my cat ate three out of 5, and its been weeks since she ate em. I think the remaining 2 are safe... she's been really nice to them so far.
Sorry about what your cat did, Sierrra.