Friday, December 8, 2023
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Daily Photo: Bad Hunters!

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All they got were these beans!

Giuseppe is, to say the least, disappointed at the prowess of his human Mama Bernadette and feline Mama Mimi.

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Mimi slinks around the bean tub.

Our moms went hunting in the garden and all they brought back was this useless basket of beans! They were out there all morning and we were watching them among the tomato plants and broccoli thinking “sauteed vole with fresh grass” or “chipmunk stew with catnip”. It was almost more than we could bear, the waiting, and even though none of we Four like to go outdoors we were almost ready to charge out there and meet them, and were hoping we’d have enough for lunch and dinner, after all that waiting.

And then the two of them came strolling into the house with this! And they were happy about it! I dug around in there and tried to see if perhaps the mousies or voles were hidden underneath but I knew they weren’t because I couldn’t smell them.

As for Mama Bernadette, Mr. Sunshine knew there was something wrong when he inspected her garden seeds the day she went out a-planting and didn’t find seeds for mousies or catnip. He and Mama Mimi tried to tell her it was all useless but she would not listen.

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Mimi strolls quietly around the garden.

We’re worried maybe there is something wrong with out Mama Mimi. Maybe she’s been hanging with Mama Bernadette too much. Mama Mimi never taught us to hunt or brought us things but she told us all about it so we knew just what to do when the first mousie showed up in the basement.

And that’s what we’ve had to resort to—hunting for our own dinners! Mama Bernadette calls it some stupid “Mousewatch” thing and has a good laugh on our behalf, but this is serious stuff. If they’re going to go hunting out there and only bring in this sort of thing, we Four have to get to work! Already Jelly Bean has caught two, but the tell us it’s five mice per cat per day…let’s hope it rains a lot so they come running into the basement.

I don’t mind them supplementing their diet with a real mouse now and then since they do invade the basement on a regular basis, but don’t let them convince you they are deprived or forced to live on a vegetarian diet—they do get their twice-daily raw meals!

And no need to worry about Mimi’s prowess. One morning while on her leash with me attached, Mimi caught not one but two voles and calmly brought each of them to me. They’ve overrun since Namir and Cookie are gone, and as they are shallow-tunneling creatures and eat as they go, last year they ate the roots off of nearly all the vegetables in my garden. I left the voles in the garden where Mimi had set them down, and about two hours later they were gone, likely taken by the crows.

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8 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Bad Hunters!

  • Gee…. Thank goodness our mom is a better hunter than yours! She hunts at a place called supermarket. She kills the prey with this huge knife – if can get pretty bloody, but we love watching it – she is pretty skilled. Maybe your momma should take lessons from ours…. We haven’t caught any mice yet – mom says we are just too lazy…. Sometimes we try to hunt birds, but somehow they always win. What can I say, we just leave the dirty work to mom, I guess…… But really….. BEANS?! She deserves a hairball on her slippers I say!

    • Send some our way! Save us!

      (I really enjoyed the beans! They really enjoyed their raw dinner!)

      Thanks for visiting, Happy Cat Family!

    • She did give in and give us real food, Lee County Clowder!

  • They brought back…. BEANS??? You got a couple of peeps named Jack or something?


    • Nissy, we can’t figure out why our human bothers with this stuff, but it turns out she LIKES it!

  • It could have been worse, for example:

    “Our moms went hunting in the garden and all they brought back was this T-shirt — that they’re making me wear.”

    • Meg, I thought of that one! But then I’d have to make a T-shirt, and some days it’s easier to pick beans.


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