The household cat - cold-blooded killer and one of nature's efficient hunters...

TraamisVOS

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Nov 29, 2010
124
Melbourne, Australia
...except my cat who zipped under the nearest parked car when a magpie swooped down at him.




He refused to come out until I threatened to walk away, after which he stuck his head out and scoped the sky before zipping past Keesha, Jadey and I.










Yup, that's my Atom.
 

pdh

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Jan 2, 2011
123
If Magpies in Oz are even remotely like Magpies in Yurop, frankly, I don't blame the cat at all ...
 

biglouis

Veteran
Aug 4, 2013
103
That is a gorgeous cat - and very amusing photographs.

Sadly my black cat passed away a few months ago. I think he was as much of a character as your one. This was taken on a Casio compact I owned a few years ago.

Doomed!

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teacat

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Jul 27, 2013
18
Melbourne, Australia
Maggie
My old boy Printz was so terrified of birds that one day, I heard this frantic scrabbling and maiowing at the back door and there he was, all ten kilos of him, trying to scratch the door down... Why? On the verandah rails were a dozen or so sparrows... :biggrin: Such a brave wee beastie LOL

Lovely shots!
 

Luke

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Nov 11, 2011
214
Milwaukee, WI USA
Luke
Love #3 best.....is the coast clear? I love seeing shots of the kitties that get to go outdoors. We've recently had a very large hawk move into the neighborhood so I'm glad ours are stuck inside. I'm pretty sure that some outdoor cats in the neighborhood will be on the menu for Mr. Hawk.
 

stillshunter

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Nov 5, 2010
123
Down Under
Mark
That scared of a magpie? Hmmm.... mine needs two ganged up on it to really be concerned. And that's just karma as she stalks their young in spring time. Bad cat! I got a god series of bels on her now and her success rate has dwindled to zero :dance2:

Love #3 best.....is the coast clear? I love seeing shots of the kitties that get to go outdoors. We've recently had a very large hawk move into the neighborhood so I'm glad ours are stuck inside. I'm pretty sure that some outdoor cats in the neighborhood will be on the menu for Mr. Hawk.
Wow you must have some decent sized hawks out your way. All ours would be too small to trouble a fully grown kitty. Eagles on the other hand would be an entirely different story. And our kitty leaves their young well alone all year round.
 

Luke

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Nov 11, 2011
214
Milwaukee, WI USA
Luke
Wow you must have some decent sized hawks out your way. All ours would be too small to trouble a fully grown kitty.
Big enough that my wife thinks I should go outside with Charlie (the Westie) when he goes potty (although I think Charlie would break his neck, but I hope I never see that battle). I wouldn't be surprised if he was 60cm. I was on my way to the grocery store the other day and as stopped at a stop sign, I noticed as he had just taken down a bird in flight and just eviscerating it. You can imagine my chagrin when I realized I had no camera with me. It was a flurry of feathers. On our daily dog walks, I've been seeing a lot of carcasses lately.
 
Jan 31, 2011
164
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
Do the Mynas swoop down on Tom?
Oh yes indeed. Often when he goes out there might only be one or two, but within 5 minutes they have called all their mates, and at times there can be 20+ all screaming "cat! cat! cat!" from the trees and rooftops! Then, when there are enough of them, they all go after him at once. They have no fear of him and they have him completely bluffed.
 

TraamisVOS

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Nov 29, 2010
124
Melbourne, Australia
Sadly my black cat passed away a few months ago. I think he was as much of a character as your one. This was taken on a Casio compact I owned a few years ago.
Sorry to hear about your cat. My Atom is still a young one, about 3 years old. But Jadey my other cat is now 12 so she is definitely getting on with age even if she doesn't act it.
 

TraamisVOS

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Nov 29, 2010
124
Melbourne, Australia
Oh yes indeed. Often when he goes out there might only be one or two, but within 5 minutes they have called all their mates, and at times there can be 20+ all screaming "cat! cat! cat!" from the trees and rooftops! Then, when there are enough of them, they all go after him at once. They have no fear of him and they have him completely bluffed.
That's what they do to Jadey when we go out for a walk but they're not usually brave enough to swoop at her.
 

TraamisVOS

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Nov 29, 2010
124
Melbourne, Australia
Love #3 best.....is the coast clear? I love seeing shots of the kitties that get to go outdoors. We've recently had a very large hawk move into the neighborhood so I'm glad ours are stuck inside. I'm pretty sure that some outdoor cats in the neighborhood will be on the menu for Mr. Hawk.
That would be a scary prospect. We have foxes here, nothing's ever happened to my cats and dogs but I do wonder sometimes if they're anything to be concerned about.
 

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