Spangle Spock caught a baby robin

by Katy
(Sheffield UK)


I just caught Spangle with a baby robin in her mouth. The parents were calling it. I was very upset and I waited for her to come in with it.


She jumped in through the window and I caught her and took it from her. Miraculously it wasn't harmed, robins are very resilient and it just sat on my finger looking cute.

I inspected it for puncture marks and there weren't any. I took it outside after telling it how amazingly lucky it was and I held my hand open and it fluttered off. It must have just been learning how to fly. I heard the parents twittering. Now I've paid them back for when they saved me which is also in these pages somewhere.

Anyway Spangle is GROUNDED and is not going out again until the baby birds are faster and can fly better. Here is a picture of her. I'm glad she was gentle with it.

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You saved the bird.
by: Jobaputra

What a nasty experience for you. I hate it when my cat catches a bird or a mouse even, good fortune that it does not happen often. It was good of you to take the tiny bird and see that it was alright.

Your Spangle Spock cat has such splendid whiskers, they are really standing out in your photograph.

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Poor baby robin.
by: Larry (editor)

Hi Katy,

Well they say that what goes around, comes around. I remember your story of how a pair of birds (was it robins?) attracted your attention and saved you from getting hit by a vehicle (bus?)

I've had a search for your story but had no luck so far in finding it. Was it in one of your posts or in a comment to another post? Anyway, when I do find it I'll link to it from here.

The poor baby robin must have been terrified, but Spangle was only doing what comes naturally to cats. Thank goodness you were around to save the bird.

Spangle (beautiful girl) does look sort of sorry in her photo. But I would not take any guarantee from any cat that they would not hunt birds again.:0)

Thank you very much for another one of your wonderful posts Katy.

Larry (editor)

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:)
by: Kat

Cute story, and I'm glad to hear the robin is okay and got to go back to its parents. You made their day. ^-^

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Tired of forcing my cat inside

by Sue
(Wisconsin)

I adopted a sweet cat that was left behind by the previous owner who moved. They just left her on her own with the house window open so she could go in and out.

At first she seemed content just eating and having a nice warm home with plenty of attention. After a few weeks she was showing signs of restlessness, heading for the door every time it was open. A few times slipping out and me worrying she would be gone. She is neutered and gentile in nature so did come back soon after.

Finally I put her on a leash in the back yard. Many times escaping from pulling so hard snapping her break away collar. I decided then to put a regular collar on her only finding her wrapped around things, almost hanging from whatever she could get into. It was quite evident to me this cat was used to being free. She made everyone's life miserable keeping her locked up.

I now have a inside/outside cat. As long as she has her few hours outside ( in good weather) she is much happier. We are much happier. She keeps the mice at bay. Of course I keep her up to date on all her shots and her flea and tick prevention. I do realize there are dangers outside and some people will not be happy, but to her and our family it is worth the risk.

I would feel terrible if something happened to her, but I feel she would have a long miserable life indoors. I rather her be happy while she is here.

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Every cat carers dilemma.
by: Larry (editor)

Hi Sue,

I guess it must be every cat carers dilemma, to keep your cat inside or not. Let them out with all the dangers out there or keep them in and risk making them unhappy. It's certainly not an easy choice.

Some cats remain indoors all the time and are perfectly happy and contented. But yours is a difficult situation, you adopted a cat who is used to going outside when she wants. "Forcing" such a cat to remain indoors is indeed likely to make her unhappy.

She has been neutered and has had her shots, you are being responsible.

I'd just like to point out Sue, that a leash should not be attached to a cat's collar, a harness should be used and the leash attached to that. Cats necks are not as strong as dogs necks and are likely to strain when they resist the leash. Cat on a Leash.

Thank you very much indeed for telling us about your cat Sue. I hope she enjoys her time outside and remains safe.

Larry (editor)

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3rd Way Is Best.

by Sharon
(Maine )

Over the past 40 years or so we've have three cats who were inside at night/ free to roam with open cat door available during the day. (All were neutered of course).

The first lived 18 years and died of kidney failure.

We got the next two as 8 week old kittens. The female lived to be 19, the male 22. They died of natural causes. They were all healthy, with no weight problems. They preferred to do their business outside, except in the middle of blizzards. We saved a small fortune on cat litter (plus very little to add to a landfill).

We trained them to come in after dark with the offer of treats - it never failed.

I feel it is vital to have an open cat door whenever a cat is outside so they can escape any dangers.

Sharon in Maine

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Happy, healthy lives.
by: Larry (editor)

Hi Sharon,

Thank you very much for sharing with us about your indoor/outdoor cats. I do so agree that a cat door is a must. As you say, a cat needs a way back in to the safety of the home to escape from predators of all kinds. Also, a cat door gives them the means of sheltering from changes in weather conditions.

I had to smile at your remark about cat treats. Yep, cats are always open to bribery alright. :0)

It seems like your cats all lived happy, healthy lives, enjoying both the outdoors and a good home life. Thanks very much for sharing once again.

Larry (editor)

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