Cats are lovely, cheeky, and very entertaining. They have a 6th sense to notice when something’s wrong, and – for some reason – they simply settle down, giving out positive energy where you have pain or discomfort.
There are, however, some pains associated with being a cat lover, and that is the little gifts they leave you around the house or the garden. A bird here, a mouse there, and they simply don’t get it why you are not impressed.
Below you will find a few tips on how to manage this behaviour.
Give Them a Bell
Cats love hunting, and this is in their nature. They are also very independent. So if you let them out, chances are that they will come back with some prey to try and look after you.
They are not evil; they cannot help it. However, you can add a loud bell to their collar, which will warn the birds and the small animals, reducing their chance of success. They can still practice their favourite sport, but they will not succeed that often.
Don’t Trim Their Claws
Some people will tell you that you should simply trim their claws. Unless you want your cats to live indoors all the time, this can be cruel, as they will not be able to climb a tree or run fast enough from dogs.
Instead, you might want to enclose your garden, so they cannot go out there and hunt with the gang of neighbourhood cats.
Give Them Other Things to Play With
If you want to keep your cat happy and healthy, they need exercise. There are great cat toys and presents you can use for less than an hour a day, and it is guaranteed that your furry friend will run out of energy for a while.
Once you notice them lay down on the floor and stop jumping, you will know that you have done a good job and your cat is going to stay put for a while.
Cat Training with Treats: Does It Work?
Cats are just as smart as dogs, and they have the potential to get trained, The only problem is that they are very independent and not as obedient as dogs.
You can, however, let them know that you are not happy with the dead animals in the house by taking them outside. If they go on for a while without bringing you mice, you can reward them with some special treats, such as natural cat food, but there is no guarantee that they will make the association.
Lock The Porch for the Night
If everything else fails, and you cannot stop your cats hunting, you can always lock the porch at night or the cat flap during the times when they are most likely to turn up with their prey. They might get the message and stop trying to enter with a dead animal.
Cats are smart, but when it comes to hunting, they are stubborn. You cannot blame them, as this is something they do naturally.