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Old 12-09-2009, 08:16 AM
 
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This is a wive's tale. A hungry cat is not necessarily a good mouser and a well fed cat is not necessarily a poor one. In fact, I'm of the opinion that the cat that is better condition (I didn't say a butterball) is a better mouser than some scrawny thing.

Keep your cats fed. The cat that isn't getting fed is the one who goes to visit the neighbors. We milk and I honestly believe all the cats within two mile radius can smell the stuff because there is many a morning when our cats have visitors at their milk pan.

I have no problem with thinning down the population of neighborhood cats if they decide to hang around as too many cats on one place brings trouble.

Too, in our area, if a dog wanders onto a neighbors place, he's a goner. I myself would have a hard time killing a dog unless I caught it killing poultry or worrying sheep but some will shoot a dog just for being on their side of the fence, and I can't really say I blame them. A person needs to train their dog to stay home and remember the old rule: "Two dogs is NO dog."

--"This is a wive's tail"

--" Keep your cats fed"

If you could read, I never said--" don't feed your cats"
I said don't -------------------" over feed your cats"


You use the phrase--" some scrawny thing"

A fed cat doesn't turn into--some scrawny thing --
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:09 AM
 
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Our aforementioned dog is pretty smart when it comes to the coyotes...they come around singing at night, he'll respond (rudely I'm sure, as an earlier poster said) but he will not venture beyond the yard when they're around.

A couple of years ago, he caught a coyote out in the pasture by itself...made pretty short work of him as he is a big dog...I think He was about as satisfied-looking as I've ever seen him!

But, I might have been imagining it...........naw.
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:21 PM
 
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--"This is a wive's tail"

--" Keep your cats fed"

If you could read, I never said--" don't feed your cats"
I said don't -------------------" over feed your cats"


You use the phrase--" some scrawny thing"

A fed cat doesn't turn into--some scrawny thing --
Sorry to set your hackles up! Chill. I'm chilling. It's below zero here.
I didn't aim to clobber you, just used phrase from your OP to mention that there are many who think being a good mouser depends on keeping the cat hungry so it will "have to catch mice to eat."
I didn't mean to imply that you believed that.

So, if you'll forgive me for "not being able to read" I'll forgive you for not being able to spell. It's tale not tail because we're talking about a story not the last part over the fence. Besides, most of our cats don't have tails. They're Manx.
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