The hunter or the prey?

I got up this morning and glanced out the back patio door to see a rabbit being stalked by one of the feral cats in our neighborhood. I considered intervening on the bunny’s behalf, but thought better of it, remembering that the cat has to eat something and the bunny enjoys munching on my newly planted veggies. Selfish, I know, but that’s life in the animal kingdom.

As my morbid curiosity got the best of me, I pulled up a chair to the back door to watch my own personal version of Animal Planet. The feline stayed perfectly still as its ignorant prey inched closer and closer. The rabbit had ventured within three feet of the cat when its ears and entire body suddenly shot up! It was obvious that its senses had finally detected the lurking danger and my heart pounded as I waited for the inevitable.

As the rabbit began to cautiously move in the opposite direction, the cat unceremoniously stood, stretched, yawned and did the same. So much for an early morning lesson in the food chain.

As the hunter and the prey parted ways, the cat backed up to my garage and sprayed a nice stream of urine to mark its territory. It was then, for a fleeting moment, that I wished the bunny had been the predator and the cat its unfortunate victim.

Am I grouchy in the mornings or what? :)

Author: Brian

Blogger. Bookworm. Michael Jackson fanatic. Lives in Kentucky with partner of 12 years and three fabulous felines.

5 thoughts on “The hunter or the prey?”

  1. Ha! Those ferels are bastards. I used to work at a shelter and I remember one day when a ferel kitten (not much bigger than the palm of my hand, not that I had ever put my hand that close to be able to tell…) got loose. Those things can really bite hard and they are dirty so you’ll almost always get an infection. So, I put on leather gloves that were past my elbows, a leather apron, a huge face mask, and grabbed the nearest net. It was like something from a bad Jim Carey movie…me, trying to catch this teeny, tiny, mean little kitten. Took about 45 minutes of really nasty hissing, spitting, growling, for me to net her and get her back into a cage so she could be spayed and released. (Anyone want to adopt a ferel kitten? Um, no.)

  2. I saw a cute white bunny in my yard too! (3 days ago) I got all excited. Then the next day I saw the bunny tracks across my newly planted tomato garden and I thought “still cute BUT not in my garden.” Alas there is nothing I can do; the cute bunny’s gonna have a feast this summer.

  3. lna4va,

    I’ve heard that you can sprinkle dried blood around your garden and it will keep them away. Sounds gross, I know, but it’s available at most farm stores. I did it and haven’t lost any vegetables… yet. ;)

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