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Old 04-15-2019, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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OK, I just looked through Wikipedia and I'm pretty sure it's these:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodland_vole

No fear of them being a rare species.

Where I live used to be orchards back in the day (prior to the mid-70's), so it was interesting reading this:
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Woodland voles create high economic loss through the damage they cause to apple orchards. Vole feeding costs apple growers annual losses of nearly $50 million. As such farmers see them as pests. Urban environments have little impact on vole habitat selection.
Maybe I should rent my cat out to some local apple farmers.
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Old 04-16-2019, 01:09 PM
 
Location: southern kansas
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OK, I just looked through Wikipedia and I'm pretty sure it's these:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodland_vole

No fear of them being a rare species.

Where I live used to be orchards back in the day (prior to the mid-70's), so it was interesting reading this:

Maybe I should rent my cat out to some local apple farmers.
They may be a pest, but they are kind of cute.
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Old 04-16-2019, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Actually, you know what? I take that back, I think they might actually be a shrew.

A few species native to my area:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northe...t-tailed_shrew
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliot...t-tailed_shrew

I'm going to guess it's this one:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_...an_least_shrew
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This tiny shrew is active at all hours of the day, but mostly at night. Hunting by smell and touch, the North American least shrew digs through loose soil and leaf litter for its prey along the surface of the ground. The behavior of captive individuals suggests it can also tunnel through moist soil in search of food much like moles do. However, it mostly occupies burrows built by other mammals.
This would make sense, because I've been getting the impression they're using the tunnels made by the moles in my backyard.

One thing about all of them is that they have venomous saliva. But it's not enough to kill (or even injure) a cat. Sounds like it could make a very irritating itch, however. I'll have to keep watch on my cat to see that she doesn't start scratching herself unduly in some certain spot.
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Old 04-16-2019, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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OK, they're definitely shrews. When my cat caught the one yesterday I looked at the creature real closely and noticed it had a faint (to me) musky smell:

https://blog.nature.org/science/2018...-about-shrews/
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Shrews may be fierce predators, but they’re small, which means they in turn become prey. Many mammalian predators, including red foxes, raccoons and cats, will attack them but rarely actually eat them. That’s because shrews emit an unpleasant musk that some liken to the smell of skunk.
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Aaaand ... she got another one in the last hour or so. Left at my back doorstep as a present!

Maybe I should start a thread chronicling my cat's hunting adventures.
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Old 04-18-2019, 05:28 AM
 
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I hope you're cooking up some shrew stew for dinner tonight
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Old 04-25-2019, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Took Tiger in to be neutered. He (I thought) is a she and ended up being spayed.
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Old 04-25-2019, 11:57 AM
 
Location: southern kansas
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Took Tiger in to be neutered. He (I thought) is a she and ended up being spayed.
Oops.
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Old 04-25-2019, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Venus
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Took Tiger in to be neutered. He (I thought) is a she and ended up being spayed.
Yup, that is how my family's female cat got the name of Clyde. And discovered it when "HE" was expecting kittens. (This was in the days before spaying & neutering were common place.)


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Old 04-25-2019, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Took Tiger in to be neutered. He (I thought) is a she and ended up being spayed.
LOL! That happened to me when I first got my cat. The first week I was thinking (it) was a he, but after a week when I took (it) to the vet, the vet told me (it) was a she.
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