I Don't Know Why She Ate A Fly

Cats.

Flies.

The combination can be hazardous. Or at the very least, Uber Gross.

The other day while making some birthday cards, all three cats as usual had to be right in the thick of things "supervising" my every move. Which reminded me exactly WHY I preferred to do this at the scrapbook store on cropping night - no pesky paws to get in the way.

Dakotah CroppingSo when their catty instincts became too powerful to overcome and the knocking of tiny, sparkly brads onto the floor commenced, I attempted to distract them with spare lengths of shiny ribbon.

Which satisfied their curiosity for all of two seconds, until they decided whatever I was touching was far more interesting.

But then something else suddenly attracted their undivided attention.

A housefly.

As soon as it entered the room, the insect was doomed. The trio of cats chased and swatted at that damn fly all over the desk, the shelves, the chair ... and me. Soon Tawnee got one good slap in and sent it reeling, finally dazed on the carpet, the occasional "Buzz! Buzz!" shaking its prone body.

And true to feline fashion, she retrieved her trophy, proudly swaggering around the room with prize in teeth for all to behold.

Concerned that she might eat the pestilent bug, I tried to grab it away from her.

She would have none of it. Swiftly dodging each unsucessful grasp, it became a game. After many failed attempts,

Gulp!

down it went after a sickening crunching of its exoskeleton and papery wings.

She seemed quite pleased with herself as she paraded out the door, Queen of The Fly Killers.

* Gak. *

And then I came across the latest episode of Simon's Cat just a day later:


Come to think of it, I guess it could have been worse.

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ReformingGeek said...

I love it! Hey, at least you didn't have to dispose of it. ;-)

The video was hilarious. I'm going to youtube to search for more.

Kathy said...

Funny you and funny video! I can't imagine a more impossible task than scrapping with a cat in the vicinity. Tell me, are your cats occasionally sparkly?

Vegas Princess said...

I LOVE Simon's Cat!!! All of his videos are hilarious and so true for any cat owner.

Nerissa loves anything that scurries. And since we live in Vegas (although we do spray for bugs religiously) we still get the occasional earwig, cricket or fly. However, the other night I drew the line at her trying to eat a HUGE cockroach. Although my screaming scared her off before she got the chance.

The Green Stone Woman said...

I almost lost a sculpture the other day, because Toby was chasing a fly that tried to escape through a closed window. Flies are not very bright creatures, are they? They just fly frenetically wherever their beady little eyes tell them there's light. Toby ate the fly too. I wonder what it does to his digestion?

Sistertex said...

I have a couple of Greyhounds that just go crazy over flies...talk about dangerous. We will have a couple of 80 greyhounds whipping around trying to catch a single fly.

Your story and the video (I watched all of them) very funny. Thanks so much for sharing them.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

My cat Sugar was trying to catch a wasp in the house the other day. I figured the best thing for me to do would be to go run errands. When I got home, the wasp was limping around the front hall. Ick!!!!!!

I wonder if they can get worms from eating flies and wasps the way they can from fleas?

ettarose said...

Oh come on. If you could see what my big old kitty eats you would be happy with yours eating a fly. Mine loves moles, rabbits and any bird that happens to get too close. Yeah I live in the country.

Babs-beetle said...

Oh that made me laugh. If it isn't a fly it's a moth with ours!
I absolutely love Simon's Cat videos and have them all on my iPhone. I'll have to add this one now :)

JD at I Do Things said...

I wish our cats would eat the bugs they play with. Instead they sample then, bat them around, etc, and leave them, all wet and bedraggled, to continue menacing our house.

Lady Banana said...

Isn't it vile how cats eat such things - I was grossed out when Mabel ate a sizeable moth!

Maureen said...

Reforming Geek: True, true... but I was worried I MIGHT see it again. And then I'd have to clean up the mess. Luckily, she kept it down. Simon's Cat vids are great. I think there are now four in all.

Kathy: :) Oh yes, scrapping with cats is quite the scene... you'd think I'd smarten up and simply close the door to the room. But then all I'd hear is scratching at the door. And yes, they have been sparkly, gluey and ribbony. They don't seem to mind. Much.

Vegas Princess: Yes, anyone who has a cat can see he MUST watch his... there are moves there that are purely priceless! And EWWW! on cockroaches. Thank the gods we have none up here. Ick.

The Green Stone Woman: You are right, flies have a short and stupid life it seems. And I am most surprised Tawnee kept it down. I thought for sure it wouldn't agree with her. But I guess they are built for eating all kinds of small wildlife. I am just glad I simply open a can.

Sistertex: OMG. I can deal with a couple of lithe cats bouncing gracefully (well, mostly gracefully) around the room, but a greyhound??? Yikes! Now THAT would be a disaster to anything breakable! I think I'd be scurrying around trying to kill the fly before the dogs destroyed the house!

Jill: I wonder that too... and wonder how they don't get stung and/or bitten by some of those insects.

Ettarose: Oh, Ick. I love our yard bunnies; I would hate to have one of our cats bring one home.... yes, you are right. A fly is NOTHING compared to that.

Babs-Beetle: Yeah, moths. Isn't it so great when they knock the dust off their wings? And then try to eat them, choking those big wings down? You'd think we never fed them.

JD: Ew... well, at least they don't try to feed US with them. However, I shall have to make a note to sleep with my mouth shut from now on.

Lady Banana: Uggg, I wonder what they taste like -- those wings cannot feel good going down (not that I really want to know). Ick.

Daisy said...

I love Simon's Cat!

I like to chase flies, but I do not usually eat them all up. Too dry.

Heather said...

I love it!! I had seen the one where the cat is trying to wake the guy up before but didn't know there were more of them. Love them! He really captures the little mannerisms of cats in his cartoons. OH, and funny story about your cat & fly. :)

Debbie said...

Found you via Toni. What a fun blog. My daughter has a cat nicknamed "bug breath" for obvious reasons!

jay said...

Hahahaha! Yes, we had a fly-killing cat and I love that episode of Simon's Cat - it's perfect! LOL!

But what on earth is 'cropping night'? What do you DO to those poor cats of yours?

Badass Geek said...

Flies taste gross. I don't know why cats like to eat them.

Jeff said...

Very funny. I've never owned a cat, but I'm guessing that film hit the mark dead on.

I'm glad you and people like Kathy and JD have cats, so I can enjoy them vicariously through you.

Maureen said...

Good for you Daisy! At least I know ONE cat with good taste!

Heather: Yes, aren't they the best? I think there are four in all... I just love them too. He captures feline mannerisms perfectly.

Hi Debbie and welcome! Gad! Bug breath? I guess I know Tawnee's new nickname ;)

Hah Jay! No, Cropping night is a scrapbooking term to "Haul all your scrapbooking crap in numerous heavy boxes, to a differnt location, unpack it, attempt to do some actual scrapbooking, look at your watch, pack it all up again, haul it home and wonder why the hell you got nothing done" night. That's the official meaning, BTW. Yer welcome.

Badass Geek: And this comes from personal experience, I am afraid to ask????

Jeff: You're lucky. You get all the hilarity sans litter box and hairball pickup duty. I am soooo jealous of you.

Pearl Maple said...

For all of us cat lovers that was a fun post. You have so many lovely things going on in your blog space, thanks for sharing.

Maureen said...

Thank you Pearl Maple! I am so glad I found you and your blog again. It's been too long ;)

Janet said...

lolz Pretty disgusting, isn't it? Our cats eat bugs, too, and I can't quite understand it. Must be their predator instinct coming out!

Maureen said...

Janet: Very true. Which is why I am NOT letting them outside to bring any "gifts" home.

Louise said...

This is h.i.l.a.r.i.o.u.s!!!! When I was reading your own traumatic experience, I was thinking, "Well at least they didn't bring the fly and drop it on your cards." (My cats don't chase flies, but if they did, they would do that.) So then the cartoon does. But my favorite part was when it was under the newspaper. Obviously creator of said cartoon has cats!

Your cats are gorgeous. I'm partial to black ones. I have two.

Mieliefish said...

Our kitty Salem looks like your kitty , he is such a black panther :)

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