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ragingloli's avatar

Is it save to eat your cat's prey together with her if you cook your half thoroughly?

Asked by ragingloli (35449 points ) August 18th, 2009

Will that strengthen the bond between you two?

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marinelife's avatar

I think that you should feel free to do so. Your preference, although cooking seems so wimpy.

AstroChuck's avatar

Mmmmm.
And I concur withy @Marina. Make a fist. That’s what your molars are for.

Grisaille's avatar

I don’t see why it wouldn’t be.

Though, as the clever folk above have said, just go in there and take a bite.

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PapaLeo's avatar

This is why I’m a dog person.

jrpowell's avatar

Some wine and Barry White might do more to increase your bond.

tinyfaery's avatar

Do you really want to eat a mouse or small bird? I think catnip and some loving is enough.

PapaLeo's avatar

@johnpowell Seconded. This place would be so much more lively with more answers like that. :-)

dynamicduo's avatar

You will not bond closer to your pet like this. Pets don’t care about such things. Lions maybe, but not domesticated cats. Plus you have no idea whether the critter is clean or if they have rabies. Is it safe? Heck, not even walking on the street is safe, if save is defined as having any risk whatsoever.

galileogirl's avatar

I think cats who drag in prey aren’t looking for a dinner date. I think they are saying, “Look at what you are making me do. Gimme some premium canned food instead of that crunchy crap”

FlutherMother's avatar

Okay, curiosity has got me (and we know what curiosity did to the cat). Are you seriously considering cooking something your cat brought you or you asking a question to engage your fellow fluthers in a lively discussion?

For your information, I would say no because of the source (could have diseases).

marinelife's avatar

@FlutherMother Let’s just say that my answer was based on the poster’s history of Qs and As.

Darwin's avatar

Well, if you read the original book by Farley Mowat, Never Cry Wolf, you will see that he did indeed eat mice and quite successfully. As one blogger puts it:

“As he continued to watch the wolves, Mowat began to wonder what they ate. For most of the year, the caribou were far away. How did the den support itself during this time? One day he watched Angeline trap twenty-three mice in one afternoon. Could it be that the great beast of the north could support itself by eating the lowly mouse?

To test the ability of the large animal to live on mice, Mowat used himself as a subject. For several months, he ate only mice, developing several recipes! He reported that this diet did not affect his health, and he remained as vigorous as ever. He drew the inference that wolves could also live on a diet of mice.”

As I recall he ate the entire mouse, innards and all, because the bits of greenery inside the mouse stomachs helped him get roughage and vitamins.

Thus, while I don’t know if it would help you and your cat bond, it certainly won’t hurt you. However, I do suggest cooking the mice first.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Why not bond with your cat by sharing your food instead of sharing his/her food?

ratboy's avatar

Bonding with a cat requires frequent rounds of anal/genital sniffing—you can’t just sit down to lunch without the proper ceremonies,

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