Pet Problems - We all love our pets, they are part of the family! But does your cat or dog drag home the "unmentionables"? Critters, road kill, snakes, dug up smelly things?
If your dog or cat lives "in" and "outside" of your house, I think you will know what I mean. Cats love to hunt birds and mice, and sometimes bigger critters such as rabbits, when they are outside. Once they have stalked and pounced on this poor unsuspecting critter, they feel this need to bring home the trophy right?
If you are lucky, they may show this to you before entering the house. Worst case scenario, they get in, and the mouse or bird is not dead, it is only playing dead, and now you have a bird or mouse flying and running around the house, and the cat playing its chase and catch game all over your furniture! Or if it is dead, they 'bury' it somewhere in your house. You will know soon enough when you need bottles of air deodorizer. So, it is better that he shows you his treasure.
The best way to deal with this, is to try and get that prized trophy away from them before they enter the house. First thing to remember DON'T SCREAM" they will run off with their prize, most likely straight in the house. Many cats will be doing a victory meow that sounds a little throatier than a regular meow. If you hear this deeper meow, than he most likely has something in his mouth, and he is excited to show you his prize and then go and eat it or play with it.
You need to keep a supply of their favorite treats. Have a treat you give them regularly, and then have a absolutely "would die for" treat! As your cat is walking towards the house with the prize, keep your stomach, and be brave, and show your cat the first treat. Hopefully he drops his prize for the treat. Then as he finishes the treat offer him the even better treat and say drop, and he then gets the better treat. He will soon learn the term "drop" as being an upgrade from the critter!
Try to prevent these pet problems, by putting a bell around your cats neck, or have all of their rabies tags on their collar etc. This works best for my cat. He seems to be able to make a bell go quiet, but he can't stop the noise of those metal id and rabies tags.
Make sure your pet has had all their shots and is spayed or neutered, you just never know the health of anything they are bringing home, and this could include mates if they are not fixed!.
Keep a supply of kitchen style plastic bags, (the type on a roll for those on the door garbage systems) and then turning the bag inside out, and putting your hand in and grabbing the poor critter, then fold the bag over it, just like pooper scooping, and dispose of it, and then WASH your hands well.
If you are pregnant, you should not touch this, you should get someone else to pick up the remains, but you should do it right away, before you cat figures out he can upgrade for treats and still keep his trophy.
You don't want to scold a cat that brings you and shows you his trophy, or he will get sneaky and bring them in the house when you are not around. At least this way, you know when he has caught something.
I work as a bookkeeper, in an office that is attached to a garage/shop in the countryside. In the nicer weather we leave the outer door open, and get the warm breezes, but the garage cat, that lives there, also likes to bring home his prizes or the "unmentionables" as I call them. You just never know what you are going to get. Nothing is too big or too small for this 18 year old orange cat called Marmalade!
I tried not to scream when I was typing away, and he jumped up and laid a dead mouse on my keyboard. We had a mouse problem in this shop, and he was only doing his job, but I really didn't need to see the evidence! But if I ignored him, he would take the mouse over to the main house and take it inside and you can imagine the rest!
So, we kept treats there for him, and I would say drop and he would take the treat and run off with it, and I would deal with the poor mouse. I always muttered that this was not in my job description, but he did keep the mice down.
Pet problems plague all owners, but there are many more to deal with if you let your pets outside. Dogs, just love to bring back treasures. My own dog, will pick up road kill on a walk and take it home as a prize. If I am too busy talking to hubby while on a walk, she will quickly scoop up something dead, and keep it in her mouth all the way home. If I don't watch it, this thing comes in the house and you can imagine the rest. Air fresheners just don't deal with it!
So, I do the same with her, if she picks something up, I get her to drop it immediately. I started off with a treat, but now, I just pet her and she drops it. I don't know if she thinks she is housekeeping the sidewalk? But this just is in her nature.
One thing to definitely not do, is deal with injured critters your pet has brought home.
Living in the countryside on farms can introduce a whole different set of pet problems to deal with. Once our neighbors dog, brought home a large rabbit. It looked dead and everyone was upset. But once they got the dog to drop it, they realized it was not dead but injured. The neighbor decided to take the rabbit to his local vet as he didn't want to deal with it. He put it in the car, and it lay there almost comatose, until he started the car, then it was hopping and freaking all over the inside of the car!
TIP - So, if you find yourself in this scenario, trying to do the right thing by the poor critter, make sure and put it in a cat carrier or a box! You do not want to be driving off the road with a wild critter panicking in your car!
Pet problems are the norm when you own pets. Whether they are dogs or cats or ferrets, there will always be something to deal with. If you can keep your pets inside, this is safer for them and you, but if you let them out then you too will have to deal with them bringing home those "unmentionables".