You pass a group of kids, or even adults watching a house cat play with, and torture a mouse. Do you attempt to stop the cat from continuing or let it happen?
At the point you witness this scenario it's unsure if the mouse would survive if it escaped.
Would it make a difference if you were alone and found a cat playing with a small rodent?
My daughters and I passed a few men this morning who were laughing about this kind of situation. From what I could hear by the time we were within earshot, the mouse was dead but they were very entertained by what seemed to be a long, drawn out process of cat and mouse. "Man, that took forever!" "He sure had his way with that rat" Now I wonder what I might have done if I had arrived 5, 10 minutes sooner. The way they were cheering from a distance made me feel rotten, even though it was 'only' a field mouse.
I would not interfere with the cat's activity. Most cats are hunters by nature and I could not find 'fault' in a cat that killed or mauled a mouse. I would not make any comments to a group of adult onlookers either. To me, deriving pleasure out of watching an animal suffer is appauling and somewhat frightening. I wouldn't risk my own safety and that of my children (if they were with me) by saying something to a group of adults with such twisted mentality. If it was a group of young children, I might say something like "All animals feel pain no matter how small they are and it's not right to laugh and make fun".
My parent's cat is quite the "hunter" and it isn't uncommon to see him stalking something in the yard or playing with his find.
Cats hunt, it is in their nature, so I don't get to worked up about it.
But, ya, if the animal is still alive, I do try to get the cat away from it. I don't like the noises the little things make when they are getting killed. Baby rabbits make the most horrible sound.
I think "torture" implies intent to draw out pain and anguish-- so I don't think that the mouse was being tortured as much as he was just a victim of the natural environment. It ain't pretty, but it is life.
I think it is pretty sick to enjoy watching something like that-- but I don't think I'd interfere. You don't know how the cat or the adults might react.....but we could have a conversation about what we saw and how it made us feel.
We are working thru some of this now as our eldest is learning about where food comes from. I think she may end up a vegetarian bc she is really affected by the thought of killing animals to eat them.....we'll see where she lands on this one. For now, we present the information and share with her what we believe. The cat hunting the mouse could fall into this conversation, I think.
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I'm not sure how this is any different than the wildlife shows they have on tv that show lions killing zebras or other animals hunting. In fact those are sometimes much more graphic. It wouldn't bother me at all, I have watched my cats play with a mouse before and it is kind of funny the way they throw it up into the air and play with it. I would guess most people are more likely cheering the cat's antics than the demise of the mouse.
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If the MEN were hurting or tormenting a mouse I would have said something.
If the cat is it would not bother me and I would not interfere. Natural order and all. I would not watch as I don't like watching pain suffering or death.....
It was interesting to think as we walked away. Luckily the girls didn't notice or ask about the commotion.
I have no problems with cats doing what cats do. Around here it's kind of necessary being a mostly agricultural town.
I was just more upset by these adult bystanders being so jovial about it all. I might have broken it up if it were children. I definitely wouldn't have done anything if the cat had no onlookers.
I guess i'll speak up and say that the comments that were quoted don't bother me. And watching nature is fascinating. I think its easy to read too much into their reaction.
I don't think i could watch if it was taking a long time, but it doesn't particularly bother me that these guys didn't find it to be a solemn moment.
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If our cat trying to catch something, I intervene. Partly because I don't want to clean up baby mouse guts from the patio before letting the kids out. And partly because she's a house cat and I buy food for her to eat & toys for her to play with, she doesn't need to hunt even though it's in her nature, kwim? Another cat, and not in my yard, I don't.
I think I would say something to the bystanders. An animal is dying and we should be respectful of that, not laughing & enjoying it as entertainment.
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