Before I write this post, I'd like to warn readers that it could be distressing to some, and offensive to others....but that's the way it is......
I love animals, but I'm not a cat person. I don't hate them, they just don't give me pleasure. Saying that, I could never hurt an animal or be cruel to one, but tonight one feline came very close to having it's butt kicked to the next county..or worse.
Recently we have had a visiting cat. We found the owner and have returned the cat 4 times. Our 25 guinea fowl are going nuts and acting all stressed and frazzled because of this cat.
Two nights ago ANOTHER cat turned up, to which I said "we are not a cat resort, go home". The cat didn't go home, and as it has a collar, is probably being missed by its owners.
Or is it?? More about that later...
So tonight when I came home from work, The Hubbster and the kids were most upset because this "domestic"cat had caught and was in the process of eating alive a small, helpless, defenceless, native Marsupial to Australia, (did I say helpless) Bandicoot.
After it had killed it and ripped the head off and gutted it, the cat went away to wash itself...
The Hubbster brought in the little bandicoot, holding it in his hands, still warm and furry and little. And it was a male.
I really thought he was going to cry..he was so upset.
We are taking the cat to the pound tommorrow, so really, it gets off lightly.
Our farm is home to lots of native animals. We have pretty faced wallabies, potaroos, echidnas, possums and these little endangered bandicoots, and we want it to be a safe haven for them.
We don't want feral and unrestrained domestic cats killing our animals on our property, which begs the question:- does the responsibility lie with the owners of these cats to keep them restrained indoors so they don't have the opportunity to cause destruction such as this?
I think it does.
Cats are killers and hunters. It's what they do. It's instinct.
This cat has a collar and is not malnourished. It killed this little animal because it could. It attacked it and killed it and just walked off and left it under the house.
My husband picked it up and it was still warm. What a waste of a beautiful little life.
So we go to the pound tommorrow.
The next cat may not be so lucky.