Cats are hunters by nature

When we were new to having cats in the house, it always bugged us why, despite being fed regularly and substantially, the cats would still hunt down the frogs in the garden. Then, we learned that cats hunt not necessarily out of hunger but simply because that’s what they are by nature — hunters.

I was going through my external hard drive and came across a set of photos that I know I have posted in this blog before although the entry, along with hundreds of others, was lost in a massive technical problem in December 2005.

We had a kitten, Whitey, from the second litter of Sam’s she-cat, Bebe. Whitey died before reaching adulthood but, as a kitten, he was frisky, naughty and quite lovable, actually.

On August 15, 2005, the date on the EXIF data of the photos, when there was still a huge empty lot where grass grew taller than the average man near our house, Bebe brought back a small snake. Whitey took it from her and proceeded to murder it under the kitchen table.

The kitchen is an addition to the original house. There is a doorless passage that connects it to the rest of the house. I stood in that doorless passage not wanting to let neither kitten nor snake out of my sight lest the frisky kitten should decide to bring the snake to some other part of the house and do his heinous deed there. I would rather know where the snake was until the moment it was dead. So, I stood there. With my camera. My dSLR was only a few months’ old at the time and I was forever tinkering with it. :wink: kitten with a snake in its mouth kitten with a snake in its mouth kitten with a snake in its mouth kitten and snake kitten and snake

After a few minutes of toying with the snake, Whitey brought it behind the kitchen door. The next time I saw the snake, it was skin and bones — literally.


  1. says

    Oh my God! Snake!

    How brave you are – taking photos of that snake. Though I think that snake is the non-poisonous type (color black) – gosh, I could faint just with the sight of it!

    Cats are really good at rodents and snakes. I remember there was a time when my mother had 14 cats! :)

  2. says

    Wow! amazing photos. Cats are the craziest creatures. I have two mackerel tabbies myself . For the most part they are indoor cats, but I do let them out in the yard from time to time. I hardly ever leave them out by themselves out in the yard though, because from time to time, depending on the season, we get bears and deers in the backyard. I get really freaked out when they hunt for birds and other animals that are lurking in the yard. It’s hard for me to look at something dead in their mouths. They are our babies though and they are such characters! they are very loyal animals. They usually greet us at the door when we get home from work ( It still baffles me as to how they know we’re home!) they usually cuddle in bed with us or when we are watching TV and they just love us unconditionally! Can you tell I am a cat lover?? LOL!

  3. Nadia says

    Wow…i would have fainted right then and there had i seen a snake inside the house hahaha. I guess having a cat around helps calm you down…knowing that the snake is no match for it. We live in the suburbs too and there’s this really big vacant lot beside our house. Through the years our house has been host to small snakes, “tuko”, bayawak and a quail. Once or twice we’ve seen only the skin shedding of the snake in the garden…now that was scary…we had to comb through the house to make sure it wasn’t hiding somewhere inside. Hay in the suburbs is great but there are consequences too. Having read this post i am now seriously considering a cat..or maybe a dog… The cat ate the snake? I didn’t know that they did that..i thought they just killed it.

  4. says

    kotsengkuba, ano yung “ahas tulog”? If you’re asking if the snake was asleep, ah, it definitely was NOT. :)

    Cindy, oh, I have a macabre story about cats hunting birds. One of them brought a bird under my daughter’s bed and killed it there. Oh, the mess I had to clean up.

    Nadia, aye true, better see the snake itself than the skin only. It’s scarier not knowing if the live snake is somewhere inside the house.

  5. says

    Yikes, I’m glad you didn’t post “after” pics of the snake.

    Dogs are pretty much the same – our dog in Novaliches has killed two stray cats (that I know of… there may be more)

  6. says

    they say it’s a non-venomous snake (if a snake can be called snake without the venom :P) pero ‘yun ang sabi ng mga kuya ko wala daw kamagdag, so far hindi pa naman ako natuklaw. nag-alaga ako ng ganyan dati pero nakawala lang din.

  7. says

    Oh my, a snake inside the house. I admire you for having the courage to take that snapshot.

    When we were new in our house, our helper saw a small snake in the garden. My first reaction was to run outside the house, to get my dog Bruno (still a puppy at that time) and bring him inside the house.

    Thanks Connie for supporting me at KK’s win-a-domain-contest. I really appreciate it. Today is the day. The other guy is in the lead but I’m still hopeful. :) Take care!

  8. says

    wow! just last week i saw a cat pounce on a maya in the street curb. The cat caught, killed, and played a bit with the bird and left it.

  9. says

    Buti nalang may pusa. It’s amazing you were able to have steady hands to take pictures. I would just get blurry pics from the shaking.

  10. says

    I remember your older post about this snake.

    I’m not a cat person but I would like to have own a Whitey if only to ward off snakes :-)

  11. says

    Rhodora and KK, actually, i wasn’t anywhere near the snake. I just zoomed in. A few inches nearer and my hands would have shook too hehehe I really do not like snakes. Nor any reptile for that matter.

    Auee, oohh, you’re making me miss Whitey again. Iniyakan ko yun nung namatay ha.