[NAFEX] Cats for rodent control.

Jwlehman at aol.com Jwlehman at aol.com
Fri May 6 12:25:23 EDT 2005

In a message dated 5/5/2005 5:05:54 PM US Eastern Standard Time, 
organic101 at linkny.com writes: (In black ink here) 
> A good hunter will hunt even if well fed. This has not been my experience. A 
> well fed cat mostly lays around and sleeps. My experience is they don't hunt 
> for the fun of it but if a rodent jumps out in front of a well cat he will 
> catch it, but will not roam the orchard just for fun. My A poor hunter will 
> not hunt well even if hungry. Their hunting skills are natural but may vary 
> from one breed to another and the drive to hunt increases with the desire to 
> eat. Please don't get a cat in order to keep it half starved. As a boy on our 
> farm we kept a cat(s) and fed it (them) all the milk they wanted, nothing else. 
> The main mama cat was very healthy, produced two litters annually and always 
> about 5 kittens. If number of litters and size is an indicator of health 
> that cat was very healthy and hunted for all her protein, supplemented by milk. 
> My experience has always been to keep them slightly hungry. City cousins are 
> always dumping cats here and they will survive well without anyone feeding 
> them. Produce kittens too. If there is a good supply of rodents in the orchard 
> they will not be half starved!  

> I doubt the color of the cat has much to do with it. This statement I agree 
> with 100%, as long as one doesn't feed one colored cat more than another.  
> :-) 

    Needless to say I agree with the statement Thomas made. < PS: Do not feed 
the cat too much.  You want a hungry hunter, not fat [sleepy] cat. >

Jerry Lehman
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