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Collar for a hunter

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Kim_kimKim_kim Forumite
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My Burmese (just over 1), has so far brought home a dead mouse (well it was dead when I caught him with it), a live mouse (he was still in torture mode) & today a large black dead crow 🤮
He needs a collar & bell doesn’t he. 
Any tips on a super noisy collar & bell.  Apparently some cats can learn to stalk & silence the bell & he is very very clever. 
Or any tips as to how I can persuade him not to hunt and bring home trophy’s? 
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  • MovingForwardsMovingForwards Forumite
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    If you do go down the collar and bell route, make sure the collar is a slip one or one which unclips if caught on something.

    Cats hunt, it's what they do. If you don't want that to happen keep your cat inside or re-home him, otherwise it's a case of accepting it happens.
  • SilvertabbySilvertabby Forumite
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    You won't stop him hunting.  It's in his DNA.

    If you do buy him a collar, please ensure that it's a rapid release version (ie, snaps open if he catches the collar on a tree branch etc).


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    Can I borrow him?  Mine do a lot of sitting and watching and occasionally chasing unsuccessfully. 
    Never pay on an estimated bill
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    edited 15 January at 2:19PM
    Yes do stay away from the "safety" elastic collars which are quite dangerous. 
    Needs to be a buckle quick release.
    Random example:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/nuoshen-Adjustable-Collars-Reflective-Domestic/dp/B07ZKMPB3D

    I'd also recommend keeping a supply at home for when he comes in without a collar :smile:
  • Jenni_DJenni_D Forumite
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    Or ...... be thankful that he loves you so much and accepts you as part of his family? :)
    Jenni x
  • hb2hb2 Forumite
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    My cat is a prolific hunter and has never kept a collar on - never mind one with a bell! I don't mind the mice, dead or alive, but would rather he left the rats and squirrels outside.
    It's not difficult!
    'Wander' - to walk or move in a leisurely manner.
    'Wonder' - to feel curious.
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    Jenni_D said:
    Or ...... be thankful that he loves you so much and accepts you as part of his family? :)
    I’m not sure I believe that.
    The first dead mouse he was mauling its dead body in the hall way (outside my bedroom) making a racket.  
    The second dead mouse he was playing with not giving to me.
    The crow he left on my bedroom floor 🤮 I was out for a couple of hours and came home to it - god knows how he got that through the cat flap! 
    None of them have been “presented” to me, not that I want them.
    He brings them home to play with in comfort.  
  • Kim_kimKim_kim Forumite
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    KxMx said:
    Yes do stay away from the "safety" elastic collars which are quite dangerous. 
    Needs to be a buckle quick release.
    Random example:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/nuoshen-Adjustable-Collars-Reflective-Domestic/dp/B07ZKMPB3D

    I'd also recommend keeping a supply at home for when he comes in without a collar :smile:
    Thank you I bought 3 grey reflective snap off type collars, with a bell.  
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    Kim_kim said:
    Jenni_D said:
    Or ...... be thankful that he loves you so much and accepts you as part of his family? :)
    I’m not sure I believe that.
    The first dead mouse he was mauling its dead body in the hall way (outside my bedroom) making a racket.  
    The second dead mouse he was playing with not giving to me.
    The crow he left on my bedroom floor 🤮 I was out for a couple of hours and came home to it - god knows how he got that through the cat flap! 
    None of them have been “presented” to me, not that I want them.
    He brings them home to play with in comfort.  

    My (now departed and much missed) last cat was a farm kitten and was quite wild.
    He was a prolific hunter - generally fur rather than feathers - and always brought his catch home, he hunted in various fields and allotments quite close to home.
    He would yowl at the back door until he'd got my attention and then he'd eat what he caught.
    All of it apart from some internal organ (maybe bile duct...?)
    I took that as a sign he was bringing me gifts.
    He didn't play with his victims as far as I could see, they were always dead when he got  them home.
  • ApintpleaseApintplease Forumite
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    We have a hunter and he has learned how to get the collars off so we have given up on them

    Living on farmland we get mice and voles brought home a lot - maybe up to 3 a day. Some we rescue and set free, others are just remains before we find them. The worse are the ones that escape the cat and then get under the kickboards in the kitchen because we have no option but to bait traps

    Hubby leaves on of his work boots lying on its side, smart mice make for that and the cat cant get them :)

    Best one of all was we were sat eating dinner looking out over the garden and fields, when Timmy came flying over the garden and straight through the cat flap - with a rabbit. Still alive and freed to live another day

    Worse are the birds, they are usually too injured to make it even if we get to them whilst alive
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