Cannibalistic Cats

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.


Posted on Mon Nov 29, 2004



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.
Posted by Ashley  in  Arbuckle  on  Thu Apr 19, 2007  at  12:48 PM
Yea, my cat turned cannibal on me also. I was just looking on the net to see if this is some freak accident or a normal phenomenon. My cat had a litter of four, one gray and three the moms color, black. A few days ago I walked in and saw her chewing on a headless gray kitten :( and thought that it didn't like the color of it or something. But now, from reading other's comments, I think that its a pretty natural process. My cat still grosses me out, but I feel kind of better now.
Posted by Anonymous  on  Sun Jun 03, 2007  at  10:58 PM
I unfortunately discovered that one of my females ate 3 of her four kittens a few weeks ago [she delivered two one day and the next two 3 days later, which is also somewhat unusual]. The illustrated story may be found at

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.
Posted by Sonny  in  Trenton, New Jersey  on  Sat Jun 09, 2007  at  04:19 PM
My cat just eat 3 of her 6 kittens... They where perfectly healthy and one week old... My pregnet wife is still on the shock!!! :(

Posted by Moogly Hamel  in  Victoria, BC, Canada  on  Tue Jun 19, 2007  at  12:31 AM
I have a happy ending to my Sphynx cat story posted above. The entire litter of five that Blinky had are now ten weeks old and ready for adoption. Curiously, Olga helped raise them, and daddy paid regular visits without a problem.

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.
Posted by Sonny  in  Trenton, New Jersey  on  Sat Jul 07, 2007  at  06:40 AM
I had a strange thing happen yesterday. Our cat (about a year old) gave birth to her first litter a little over a week ago. We had a box for her, but she decided to move them into our son's closet. (okay - fine with us).

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.
Posted by Hopeless in Katy  in  Katy, Texas  on  Sun Aug 12, 2007  at  01:02 PM
Yest. night i saw the two lil kittens with their mother, they were weak and feeble. this afternoon both the kitten were dead, not sure how they died there were no visible wound marks on them. I am witness to the gorssest thing ever.... the mother cat was feeding on the head of one of the dead kitten while the other dead baby was lying a few feet away.
this is absolutely wierd.
Posted by Siddarth patel  in  Mumbai India  on  Tue Aug 21, 2007  at  12:43 PM
A picture of the remains of 3 kittens of one wild female can be seen at:

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.
Posted by Ben  in  Milwaukee  on  Thu Sep 13, 2007  at  11:55 AM
After reading all these posts I feel very sickened... I hope I never have to witness such a traumatizing event..
Posted by Melissa  in  Malaysia  on  Tue Sep 25, 2007  at  06:32 PM
I know firsthand of a female, spayed, now 1 year old cat that has now killed a total of 6 kittens. She was spayed early (6 weeks old) and has been a marvelous farm cat, keeping the mouse, rat and gopher population to a minimum. However, because people are sometimes mean-spirited or stupid, unwanted kittens or a pregnant queen are dropped off on the property. Unfortunately, we have been unable to catch the kittens before the adult cat kills them and eats selected parts of them. Yes, she eats the soft innards .... it is totally disgusting.

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.

Thank you.
Posted by Pamela Stephens  in  Grapevine, Texas  on  Thu Sep 04, 2008  at  07:50 PM
cats do eat cats, see it for yourself:
Posted by alan smithee  on  Fri Nov 14, 2008  at  10:40 AM
Our housing society's cat had a litter of 4 kittens last month, of which she ate up 2 2 remained, of which one is smaller than the other (the bigger one was calico, the little one is full white)...we met the bigger kitten just 2 days ago, and she would come to our house twice a day (morning and late evening/night; we used feed both the kittens about 3-4 times a day; even gave those kittens our old blankets and rugs to protect them from the cold), and explore our place, like any baby would...yesterday, she spent 2 1/2 hours sleeping at our place, and this morning, played like a true sweet little kitten, with a long piece of string...and then went away...around 2 hours later, we were told that an evil stray cat came and killed her...the white kitten being smaller was spared as she wasn't outside at the time...when I heard of it, I was soooo sad sick ...just hope nothing happens to the white one...I feel it's all my fault as I let the kitten out, if I hadn't, she would've been alive...I'm soooo depressed because of it...
Posted by Divya Narayan  on  Mon Dec 29, 2008  at  05:49 AM
i got a mother cat that had litten here two weeks ago and she did eat one of her kittens but i think it was sick or dead.
Posted by Mary Baker  in  dayton, ohio  on  Sat Mar 28, 2009  at  06:19 PM
Well, one of our cats was caught chewing the dead body of another cat... But I'm actually not too sure if she'd ever *hunt* a cat. It was quite strange, because all of the other cats stayed away from the body while she actually ate it.
Posted by Komoda  in  Canada  on  Sat May 09, 2009  at  08:34 PM
So my mom went outside to feed our cats and came upstairs very disturbed... She said that our momma cat was eating her kitten! I went outside to check and she was! It was not a new born... it was about 7-8 weeks old! I have looked it up on the web and found that it happens more than I thought, but they usually leave the head of the kitten, but that is what she started with! I Saw her as she was gnawing on the spine! It was pretty disgusting. Anyone know why that is?
Posted by Jordan Tickle  in  North Carolina  on  Fri Jun 12, 2009  at  11:32 PM
this is bull
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
Posted by kaaaaait  on  Sat Oct 24, 2009  at  12:39 PM
i have been lookin all over the internet to find out why this happened and i dont understand why. Last week i came home to find my mother cat killed and half eaten by her 8 month old kittens neither have never been outside nor have they ever encountered a mouse or anything that would give them the impression to kili. They were all just fed that mornin before work so i dont know why they would do that iv'e had the mother cat for 4 years and it really tore me up.

Does anyone have any idea why they would do this? ;(
Posted by sherrita  on  Wed Jan 20, 2010  at  10:03 PM
My cat gave birth to 5 kittens 11 days ago. And she has already eaten three of them..... she's sooo confusing... she nurses and cares for them but at the same time wants to eat them... i am so upset... its the first time i've ever seen a mother cat hurt her own baby... why would she do this? =(
Posted by Osama  on  Tue Mar 16, 2010  at  01:33 AM
Okay so yesterday was probably the craziest day ever. We had a pregnant cat (Maggie) so we put her in a big basket with blankets so she'd be comfortable to lay there and nurse her babies. We didn't touch them because I've heard the mother would feel that her babies are unsafe if they come in human contact. They were about 3 weeks old and very healthy. Last night we heard them crying, I just figured they were hungry and the mom was roaming the house or something. About an hour later there was a loud noise at the top of our basement stairs and I went to go check the basket. None of the babies were inside of the basket. I thought maybe Maggie had hid them because she felt they weren't safe but I heard her making noises so I started to look for her. I saw her hunched over something eating it. I figured she had gotten a mouse or a bat, but she was eating one of the kittens, :/ (this gets pretty grusome) Sadie's bottom half was completely gone, it's tail was bitten off by it's head and Maggie was eating the inside of it. So I looked around for the rest to see if they were alright. Max was in the middle of the stairway, with a bloody neck that was barely attached to it's head. Missy, at the bottom of the stairs, stomach torn to shreds. There was a fourth, so I had a little bit of hope that maybe that one was okay, or if it was hurt, maybe we could still save it. I started to take out the blankets from the basket and out rolled Ollie, the last baby, without the skin on the top of it's head and it's back was extremely torn apart. Why would she do this if we never touched the babies? We never messed with her. We didn't even bother her unless it was to fill up her food and water bowl.
Posted by Sierra  in  Ohio  on  Wed Mar 24, 2010  at  02:02 PM
^ Holy cow!!! She ate them all? what the hell! what's wrong with cats these days?
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.
Posted by Osama  on  Sun Mar 28, 2010  at  11:54 AM
I could swear my cat was trying to bite into one of her kittens while cleaning it's... Privates. I took her away, because I was scared. She already ate two kittens when they came out, like, the whole thing, when they were born... Very, very disturbing. I had the box in my room when she was cleaning the kitten, I immediately brought the box back into the porch after that... :$ :$
Posted by Rikki  in  Ontario,CAN  on  Tue May 04, 2010  at  09:51 PM
In response to Sheritta, I had the most disturbing thing happen yesterday that was somewhat similar to your experience.
Posted by J Rider  in  NM  on  Tue Nov 02, 2010  at  06:15 PM
I am continuing last post, please be nice I am very disturbed right now. I have a cattery with 8 cats as of yesterday, today sadly 7. I am so sick and devastated I do not know where to turn. I thought of calling my vet. I have a nice size cattery with the amount of cats I mentioned. I had a beautiful gentle spirited cat of 3 and a half. She was very special she was a striped tabby Hemingway. I loved all my cats now they sicken me. I fed them the night before and in the day I found them one of them for sure eating my kitty (her name was Tigger). I have no idea what could have happened she had no sign of being ill. All I know is that she is dead and was eaten by one or more of my other cats. My heart hurts and I feel so confused. I feel like I must have messed up some how.I have googled and this is all I can find that makes any reference towards an adult cat being consumed. Please help it wont bring Tigger back I just feel so ashamed and helpless.
Posted by J Rider  in  NM  on  Tue Nov 02, 2010  at  06:23 PM
Ijust saw my male cat eating my two months old kutten that died from intoxication 2 days ago. Is that normal???
Posted by Martin  in  poland  on  Thu Dec 09, 2010  at  10:08 AM
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