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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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how can i stop my cat killing wild life? they have three large bells on and still come back with two kills a day.all the cats are strays except one, he was left by the person next door. he is the biggest killer of them all.

Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
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I have advanced training in feline behavior and regret to tell you that predation is a highly motivated and instinctive behavior for cats. The prognosis for complete resolution of this kind of behavior is generally quite poor. The innate response of the cat is to stalk, chase, and attack.

The predatory instinct is very difficult to suppress so the best approach to management is to substitute suitable prey for the wildlife. Considerable time playing "bird on a string/pole" and chasing laser light should refocus their attention. They might be trained to fetch a ball or toy mouse. Chasing a ping-pong ball can occupy cats such as yours and you might find catnip-containing "chase toys" in the pet store that may lessen their dependence on wildlife as prey. Unfortunately, there's no quick fix for inappropriate prey behavior but the above should be helpful for you to at least ameliorate the problem.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.