The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #150645   Message #3511405
Posted By: JohnInKansas
03-May-13 - 03:17 PM
Thread Name: BS: Natural Insect Repellents
Subject: RE: BS: Natural Insect Repellents
Maybe a spider-hunting cat would be good, ...

A couple of our cats have hunted spiders with some success, but unlike certain classical musicians they seemed to learn fairly quickly that they don't taste very good and ceased noticing them.

While in Yuma AZ we were, like everyone else there, infested with what the locals called "earwigs." The two simonized cats we had then really loved them and never ceased hunting for them. The earwigs had a pair of "tail pincers" they'd use to grab the cat on the lower lip where the cat couldn't find them, and sometimes would ride around there for a full day while the cat kept searching for where they went. You'd have to see it happen to decide how funny it was - or wasn't.

A particular problem with these pests was that squashing one made the whole house smell like someone broke a rotten egg, so cats that thought they were a rare delicacy were sort of helpful. They didn't successfully eat a lot of them, but they never quit trying.