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  • Damn cats- now I have a baby rabbit

    Was out doing yard work last night when one of the city idiot's cats walked past carrying something in her mouth. At first, I thought it was a kitten, so grabbed her to get a closer look. Turns out it was a baby rabbit.

    Chased the cat off and checked the rabbit over. No wounds, just very scared and stressed. Looks like it's about two weeks old. No idea where the damn cat got it from, so I can't put it back.

    Rang my vet who said to take it down, and they'd put it to sleep. Might be getting soft in my old age , but I see no reason to put it to sleep when it's not injured or sick.

    So now I have a baby rabbit to look after for a couple of weeks until it gets big enough to release. Hardest part is going to be keeping it scared of us humans.

    If I see that cat on my land again, it's taking a trip to the local cat rescue. I'm sick of it killing things on my land.
    Last edited by kookicat; Jul. 28, 2010, 07:24 PM.
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    if the rabbit is 2 weeks old, you really only need a few days/week and you can release it. I weaned as early as 4 weeks for my domestic rabbits but you don't need to wait that long for a wild one. I would keep the diet to the natural stuff -- hay, grass, green weeds, etc.
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      #3
      Yup. Was planning a week-ten days just to give her time to put some weight back on. They drop it so quickly through stress. She (sexed her earlier) is in one of my spare stables, inside a mesh run, tucking into hay and some left over veggies. She is frightened of me, which is a good thing.
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      • #4
        the rabbit you save today will be eating your garden come next Spring!

        Nice of you to rescue the bunny from the cat. I am so glad my barn cats have (mostly) gotten too old to venture out and hunt. It would annoy me no end when they left rabbit remains for me to find.
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        • #5
          Bad habit leaving trailer ramp down

          I loaded Sophie yesterday to go to our lesson, opened the tack room door, and almost stepped on a dismembered baby bunny.

          I wish the cats were as good at catching mice
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            #6
            Originally posted by dawglover View Post
            the rabbit you save today will be eating your garden come next Spring!

            Nice of you to rescue the bunny from the cat. I am so glad my barn cats have (mostly) gotten too old to venture out and hunt. It would annoy me no end when they left rabbit remains for me to find.
            Nah. They have lots of other things to munch on!

            When I had cats, I kept them in so they wouldn't go out and start killing the local wildlife. I know some people need them outside for pest control, but this cat's owner isn't one of them. He lets his cats roam because he thinks it's natural. Really natural when he's got a big tom cat breeding every other cat in sight.
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            • #7
              kooki - you are a soft heart, but then so am I

              Let us hope Mr Natural doesn't find out how natural it is for some wildlife to prey on his freerange cats.

              The oogiest thing I have witnessed my barncat do was hold 3 baby bunnies hostage for a real-life game of Cat & Mouse.
              She weighs all of 5#, but somehow got all 3 buns into the barn where she killed one, was playing with another while the 3rd sat frozen.
              I rescued #s 2 & 3 and tossed them outside, then disposed of #1...
              all much to her disgust.

              She has also left me "parts" - some from bunnies that obviously outweighed her

              Hope your little rescue lives to ravage many a garden
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              • #8
                Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
                kooki - you are a soft heart, but then so am I

                Let us hope Mr Natural doesn't find out how natural it is for some wildlife to prey on his freerange cats.

                The oogiest thing I have witnessed my barncat do was hold 3 baby bunnies hostage for a real-life game of Cat & Mouse.
                She weighs all of 5#, but somehow got all 3 buns into the barn where she killed one, was playing with another while the 3rd sat frozen.
                I rescued #s 2 & 3 and tossed them outside, then disposed of #1...
                all much to her disgust.

                She has also left me "parts" - some from bunnies that obviously outweighed her

                Hope your little rescue lives to ravage many a garden


                Reminds me of a story my trainer told me about a cat of her's years back. She saw her coming up from the back of a property with a PHEASANT slung over he back, dragging it home. I have no idea how that average sized cat managed to kill, let alone drag home a bird like that.
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                • #9
                  The cats are just doing their jobs... Wouldn't you feel bad catching this cat, taking it to the shelter and it getting killed because no one wants it?

                  It's the circle of life. You cannot change it, no one can.

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                  • #10
                    We employ our cats to kill the wildlife and that's that. Someone once posted (a few months back?) about riding around in their arena, only to have the horse suddenly drop down underneath them. Turns out the local rabbits had dug interconnected tunnels beneath the arena floor and the floor beneath the horse gave way, causing him a broken leg and much stall rest. The footing had to be removed, floor completely dug out, re-leveled and new footing brought in in order to return the arena to being rideable once again. The cats are welcome to the rabbits and whatever else wanders in on the property.
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                      But they're not my cats. They belong to my idiot neighbour who gets a new one every few months when one gets flattened on the road. I'm sick of them leaving parts of dead animals all over my land. I'm even more sick of having to finish off the animals they leave behind, half dead.
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                      • #12
                        Mr. Whiskers, a smallish Russian Blue suburban kitty, brought home a bbq'd
                        pork chop once. Proud as could be, walking up the sidewalk, dragging his "prey". Never did find out who he stole that from.....

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                        • #13


                          We barbeque a lot, including pork chops, and while our pets have carefully watched the process, not one has has managed to actually snag a pork chop. Well done Mr. Whiskers!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by HiddenAcres View Post
                            Mr. Whiskers, a smallish Russian Blue suburban kitty, brought home a bbq'd
                            pork chop once. Proud as could be, walking up the sidewalk, dragging his "prey". Never did find out who he stole that from.....
                            LMAOOO that is great!
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                            • #15
                              Kookicat- I'd happily send you one of my bobcats to pick off the neighbors cats.
                              I'd love to have outdoor cats to kill off some of these darn mice (I opened my hood and found a nest complete with baby mice on top of my engine!), but the bobcats pick them off like candy---along with small dogs and, alas, my last turkey (RIP Butterball).
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                              • #16
                                Well, at least your baby bunny is alive. A little earlier tonight, my killer cat was on the deck meowing like I should give her a treat or something. I patted her on the head and told her like I always do "Go kill something." A short time later I hear her meowing quite loudly at the door- it's her way of telling us that she killed something. There on the doormat was a baby bunny. It was only about 4" long and quite dead. Poor little thing. She was proud of herself so I had to praise her, but I wish she'd stick to rats and mice- last night she brought me a rat bigger than the baby bunny!

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                                • #17
                                  In the barn last night locking up and the DOG makes a sudden move. She had swiped a bird out of the air! Hubby thought it was a bat at first but nope... a smallish bird that had stupidly decided that flying 3' off the ground around the fastest Australian Cattle Dog was a brilliant idea. so it's not just cats.
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                                    #18
                                    The rabbit died last night. Not sure what happened- went out to do a late check at about 11:30, and heard thrashing from the stable where she was. By the time I dumped the hay I was carrying and got over there, she was dead.

                                    I'm glad that I tried though. Maybe the next one will live.

                                    Oh, I also had to pull a dead cat off the road a little way from idiot neighbour's house this morning. Looks like something had got hold of it.

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                                    • #19
                                      You didn't do anything wrong. Bunnies do not do well in stressful situations, being isolated or stressed from being attacked causes major issues that generally can't be reversed. Best thing is to either bring them to a wildlife rehab center (where they will be placed with other bunnies) or release them in thick brush if their eyes are open and they are able to move about on their own but that's about it. Thank you for trying though.
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                                        #20
                                        Thanks. Sadly not my first bunny rehab, and likely won't be my last.
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