Friday, 31 July 2009

Pussies

Nice short title for this post. I haven't posted about Didactofeline for nearly two full years. So what is happening in the pussy world?

Apart from a few little teeth at the front of her lower jaw, Didactofeline has now officially lost all of her teeth. A few months ago, she was miaowing for a few days, until eventually we found a tooth on the floor. As soon as she lost the tooth, she appeared completely recovered, so obviously the poor little thing had had toothache. I don't know why she has lost all of her teeth, as she had lost most of them before she hired us (dogs have owners; cats have staff).

It hasn't dampened her killer instinct, though. Although the Mouse Season does not officially begin until August, Didactofeline has made at least two kills this year. Thankfully she has not attempted to bring either of them indoors. The first was a rat - yes, a rat - which I found dead in the garden a couple of weeks ago. I would say it is easily the biggest thing she has killed. It really is remarkable that a cat with no teeth can be such an efficient killer, but she has a very clever technique involving her claws and either breaking the prey's neck or suffocating it.

This week, a looked out of the conservatory window and saw her playing with her latest kill: a very small baby bird. She was doing her usual, picking it up with her front paws and throwing it into the air. I don't know if she is trying to make it fly again, or if she just likes the adrenalin rush of jumping and catching it.


However, what has been making the news in the west of Scotland recently has been sightings of big cats. This picture was taken by a military policeman near Faslane and this is the story of a big pussy cat apparently attacking a horse in South Ayrshire. Interestingly in the case of the latter story, there was a story about two months ago about a big cat being spotted in the area.

Didactofeline says that the big cats had better keep off her territory.