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The Chipmunk Fake Out

06/17/2010
cats

Wating for the chipmunk

Some place right in front of the cats in the picture to the right, is a hole in the ground where a chipmunk lives. My cats enjoy sitting close by waiting for it to appear.

Occasionally, Richie – crazy little kitty that he is – will stick both paws down into the hole and try to pry the little critter out.

He does catch many chipmunks and I’ve noticed that the chipmunks are really pretty clever. If you have outdoor cats that hunt link mine, you might already know about this, but I was so surprised when I first saw it.

Cat and chipmunk

Let's Play

The cat will play with it’s prey. It’s very cruel, but they love the chase so don’t want to give it up right away.
We watched one day as Richie was “torturing” a cute little chippy. As it (the chipmunk) hopped around with it’s back all hunched up (poor injured thing), and Richie batted it around, we noticed that the chipmunk was moving towards the woods as he hopped in circles.

All of a sudden the “injured” rodent bee-lined it for the woods.
He wasn’t hurt at all
…just pretending until he could make his getaway. And he did get away. We were all fooled, including Richie!

I’ve seen this happen over and over since that day. Some of them do not get away and I find their carcasses in the yard, but many of them do. Only to be caught again another day.

Richie the cat

I'll get him tomorrow

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 06/17/2010 12:34 pm

    Actually, I’m rooting for the chipmunk. I’m not a big cat lover. The little guy ought to hang around the fisher cat who lives in your woods. Wait a minute…they are probably on the fisher cat’s menu, too. I’m guessing that the one who got away was probably stunned by Richie’s attack rather than being sly. When he got his bearings back, he hightailed it into the woods.

  2. 06/17/2010 4:20 pm

    Hey, Richie looks so much like our Reebok, with his white feet. She was quite the mouser, too, always leaving critters on the back steps.

    Our cats now stay inside, too many cars and other hazards out there. We have too many coyotes and fishers here, too, and recently a black bear…. Funny, we see more animals here in our busy town than when we are out in the woods.

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