Five times in the past two weeks, "something" has left parts of small
animals at my front door. The items range from liver, kidneys,
intestines, and once a small paw like a squirrel's, but very little/no
blood. I dispose of the items and hose the area down (I removed the
front door mat after the first time). I've also tried spraying the
area - one time with citrus air freshener and one time with lysol
spray (got a "present" the next morning). My front door is sheltered
and a little secluded. What might be doing this and how do I
Likely a formerly-domestic stray cat looking for a new home, or a dumb
neighbor cat mistaking your door for theirs.
I had that problem a LOT in the apartments with hundreds of doors that
all look alike- open the door to check the mail, and a cat that was
waiting there strolled in like he owned the place. (Thankfully no loose
parts- I gross out easily) Cats are the only common suburban animals I
know of that leave presents on doorsteps. It is the old hunter
hardwiring, trying to show they are good providers and deserving of a
place in the group.
Thanks for the suggestions. I had thought of cats, but I haven't made
the acquaintance of any in the neighborhood. There are hawks, skunks,
raccoons, and such around, so something like that is probably more
likely. I think I'll try the mothball suggestion. Do hawks have a
sense of smell?
Having had outdoor cats for a few decades, I gotta agree with ValGal
to some extent.
Our cats usually enjoy the fruits of their labor in private and the
leftovers are found in the back corner of the garage or under a bush,
depending on where they decided to have their picnic.
The "front-door gifts" have been fully intact, albeit demised,
creatures in the form of birds, chipmunks, mice, etc.
I don't recall every having been gifted just pieces and parts.
I'll agree that it *sounds* like a cat, but the pieces and parts is
not prototypical in my experience.
Maybe not your cats, but all my formerly-feral cats left all sorts of intact
organs and various pieces (paws, tails, ears) for us every morning. I've
only had one cat who ate everything and didn't leave us the "bits".
My only cat was acquired with my husband and trained by me :o) Kitty
was an indoor cat...there is a coyote living somewhere on a golf course
not far from where I live and I suspect it is well fed with outdoor cats.
Yup. Normal cat behavior. Back when I had many outdoor formerly-feral cats
we called the roof above our basement walk-out the "wall of carnage". That's
where everyone would leave their "gifts". Many mornings we would find 5 or
six livers, kidneys, etc., several ears (from different types of critters),
a rabbit tail, a few paws from mice or moles, etc., and doG knows what else.
All laid out very neatly and in orderly fashion. Yeah, cats are "dumb"
animals. Umm, yeah, right. When I see bumper stickers saying, "My cat is
smarter than your honor student", I have to smile, because it's true. Yes, I
currently have the dumbest cat to ever draw breath (she's alive because
she's cute), but I've had the privilege of living with cats smarter than
some of my former co-workers. Seriously.
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