Cats: Enjoy Your Bugs Responsibly This Summer

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Every cat knows that summer is the time to enjoy bug hunting. Whether you chase the occasional fly that manages to get into the house or go on hunting sprees in the great outdoors, we have some tips to share.

Humans do not enjoy bugs the same way we do. If you bring a nice, crunchy moth over to share with your human, you will probably be disappointed. The response will be something along the lines of “Very nice, kitty. Please take your moth somewhere else to eat it.” Or “Take that disgusting thing away from me.” They will not even taste it.

Note: Do not eat Tiger Moths or caterpillars. They might make you sick.

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Some bugs look better than they taste. We have something around here that the humans call a “stink bug” It looks a little like a really big tick. They fly around like other bugs. But when you start to eat them, they taste awful, like they’re way past their “eat-by” date.

Some bugs should not be eaten at all. You know those annoying bugs that fly around at night with their own lights? The humans call them “fireflies”. They’re almost impossible to catch and it’s a good thing. That’s not really fire in their rears; it’s poison.

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Note: It is considered poor etiquette to catch one and offer it to a dog. Many dogs will eat anything.

Then there are those nasty things that sting. The humans call them “bees, hornets, and wasps.” Although they are usually just a pain in the nose or paw; they can kill some cats. They are poisonous to those cats and can cause them to stop breathing. That is never a good thing.

There is also something called a “fire ant.” You can probably step on one and be OK. But they can also cause some cats to stop breathing. And being stung by a bunch of them will do the same thing to any of us.

Note: We recommend you stay away from anything the humans call “fire”. Except, of course, that toasty thing they have inside during the winter. Sleeping in front of that is a cat’s right. The human’s job is to keep it safe and keep it burning.

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Spiders are not insects, no matter what the humans say. Spiders are usually a lot more fun to play with. For one thing, they are usually within paw’s reach. And they move in a lot of directions to get away. You can play for a long time if you’re not too rough. (More like mice that way.)

Of course, there are a few to avoid. The humans like to give them human-type names: “black widow” or “brown recluse”. Generally speaking, humans will have an “ick”-type reaction to the fun, tasty spiders. They are more likely to go with an “eek”-type response to a poisonous one. Even humans who tolerate the regular ones will usually try to kill these. Self-preservation and all that.

Note: We live in Michigan and have a temperate climate. The cold keeps away most nasty spiders. If you live in a hot tropical place, make sure you know the locals. If you live in Australia, we recommend you not eat anything with 8 legs until you talk to an elderly cat (who has probably seen some unfortunate victims). Particularly if the spider is bigger than you are.

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Bug Hunting on a First Date. If you want to take a fellow feline on a bug-hunting trip, make sure they like to hunt in your style. Unfortunately, there are many instances of a run-and-play cat being partnered with a stalk-and-kill cat. There is little hope for the relationship.

Hunting as a Team. Usually bugs are small. So it is unrealistic to think that you will share the kill. However, it is polite to take turns bringing down the prey and eating it. If you catch something you don’t like, by all means offer it to your partner. You may both try for the next bug.

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If you are inside, watch for wall and tripping/falling hazards. If you are chasing a bug and fall off a table or run into a wall, you can be sure your human will be watching, laughing, and pointing a camera at you. Then they will show the video to all of their friends who will also laugh at you. In this situation, it is appropriate to make your next bug-hunting trip in their bedroom, in the middle of the night. Make a video. Send it to your friends.

Enjoy your summer. And Happy Hunting!

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(photos courtesy of Google Images)

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11 thoughts on “Cats: Enjoy Your Bugs Responsibly This Summer

  1. Great reminder for which bugs to keep away from ! 🙂 Beau was chewing on a beetle the other day and I had to make sure that he was allowed to eat it!

  2. OMC What a cute posty. Anytime we get in da huntin’ pawsture without mommy and an approved toy at da other end, mommy comes runnin’ with a shoe, fly swatter, and bug spray, while wavin’ her arms in da air and yellin’ danger, danger, don’t eat it!!! MOL Good luck huntin’. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  3. When I first took my Persian kitty boys home as kittens, they were recovering from catching and eating a grasshopper infected with an parasite that they then got.

    Fourteen hundred dollars worth of veterinary care and three months’ time later, my “free” kittens finally were over the diarrhea and discomfort of the parasite. (They are pedigree cats, but couldn’t be sold because they were ill when the lady who owned them ordinarily would have sold them.)

    Believe me, though, they love, love, love hunting insects and spiders! One just needs to be aware of what’s out there that they might catch with their prey. Your pet’s veterinarian can advise you on what health hazards are likely to affect them in your area when they catch insects, spiders, birds, mice, etc.

  4. Orion says: I live in Australia and if a bug has 8 legs you can only know its safe if you show it to a human and the human doesn’t grab you run you to a safe room while screaming “Spider”.

    • Snoops and Kommando here. We saw a picture of a spider in Australia who was the size of a plate. If you have those, be careful. It could probably eat you. Beautiful country; scary bugs.

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