I am almost 39 weeks pregnant and we recently moved to a new house that has quite a big property with lots of hedges, trees etc. and it is very close to the water in a rural/suburban community... an island, in fact.
We were living in a nearby town in the countryside before, but for some reason the new house has brought out a new side of our cat's personality:
SHE'S AN INCREDIBLY ACTIVE HUNTER.
In the past week, she has killed three rats, three mice and eaten two birds (this is all just that we know of.)
Unfortunately she has been bringing the rats inside to eat and the first time she did this very cleanly without much mess but this morning my husband has informed me there are rat guts in the hallway!
I FIND THIS SO DISGUSTING and I am wondering if I should be concerned about disease with the newborn coming IMMINENTLY.
The rats are not like city rats-- they live in the juniper hedge and probably eat seeds and berries and snails and such, and probably our compost.
I read a warning recently about West Nile Virus being carried by local birds...
We need to find a solution, SOON!
The first thing I would suggest is getting a good loud bell for your kitty's collar - this will help the birds especially hear her coming. She's probably just enjoying the freedom and ahem, selection, of prey lol. If she's up to date on her vaccinations, there is probably nothing for you to be worried about and she'll probably mellow out in a few weeks once she's over the excitement
If all else fails, keep her inside for the time being.
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I'm not sure about the risk of disease on a statistical level, but I would be worried about it too, to be honest. The only way to completely stop the behavior is to transition her into being a solely indoor cat. If you're not comfortable with that, perhaps you could otherwise limit her ability to come inside the house without someone letting her in. Or, if she hunts during a particular time of day when her prey is active (like dusk or dawn), maybe you could try keeping her indoors during that time? If she is able to come and go in and out of the house as she pleases, it seems like it would be difficult to always monitor her bringing in critters.
Does she have a cat door? How is she bringing these animals in? My cats have tried to bring things in, but I block them with my foot if I see something in their mouths. They have learned over time not to even try and now they mostly consume it on the porch and leave the "left-overs" on the door mat. Gross, but at least not in the house. We had a cat door for a while, but blocked it off because we had a cat that brought things in live and made no attempt to kill them. After chasing after a mouse, a bird, and a small flying squirrel (harder to catch than you might think), that was the end of the cat door.
And by the way, cats are amazingly sweet with a newborn. They are very protective and like to hang out near the baby. We had one that would yowl and pace back and forth whenever the baby was crying, like it was breaking his little heart to hear that baby cry!