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25 October 2008 @ 10:19 am
Adventures in animal husbandry  
I've told people, though I think not here, of the time I found Cinder trying to haul a bird in through the cat flap in the window. how she was only foiled by the fact that the wings were spread.

This morning I discovered this was not a one-shot. And that she isn't always foiled.

Got up, went into the living room to check my morning mail, was quietly sitting and contemplating getting coffee, when I heard a rattling, as if something was in a cardboard box. But Cinder was curled up at the foot of the couch. A micro-earthquake, something I didn't feel? Huh. I hear it again. Dammit, did Cinder bring in a mouse? Then I spy a tuft of feathers, sigh, and look behind the shelves. And there is not the modest finch or dove I expect, but a full grown pigeon wedged in and looking at me with a yellow eye.

Comedy follows as I attempt to capture it. I do get a towel over it a couple of times, but let me tell you, an adult pigeon is hard to restrain. Those wings are strong. Fortunately, it rediscovers the ability to fly, and after locking Cinder out and myself and the pigeon into the bedroom, I open a window and chase it out.

I am an adult woman, and couldn't manage to hold onto the thing. Can you explain to me how an eight pound cat managed to capture, *leap a foot across and up carrying it*, and haul it through the not very large cat flap? The bird is longer than she is and nearly as tall! It wasn't even injured -- no blood anywhere, though it left feathers behind.

Need coffee now. Really need coffee.
Confessions of a Strange Loop: Hermione Profilewebbob on October 25th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
As someone who gets routinely chomped by a rather small cat (see icon) I think I can say with some assurance that a cat's jaws are really rather strong. Also, a bird's bones are relatively soft, and Cinder was probably not trying as hard to be gentle as you were.

So, my scenario would be that Cinder had the bird's wings folded against its body and held by her jaws. The pigeon's feathers prevented Cinder's teeth from breaking its skin.

Yeah, definitely coffee.
Lauratavella on October 26th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's a good theory, especially since the significant bare patch was on the back above the tail. And it would explain how she got it through the cat flap this time.

And I know pigeons are light for the their size. But still, I went back and looked at the jump, and it's more like 18 inches, so I'm still astounded.
Kirke: Boostle - Bwahakirke_novak on October 25th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
And people don't beleive me when I say cats have superpowers...
Lauratavella on October 26th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
They do! I tell you, when the great plague comes and wipes humans from the earth, I have no fear that she won't thrive as a mighty huntress among our crumbling buildings :)
Madeline the Edifyingzdashamber on October 26th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Hee hee hee! Maybe the bird had smacked into a window, and she got it in while it was still dazed?
Lauratavella on October 26th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
Possibly! I'm still boggled, though.