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Oh, Tormentor Of Tiny Animals!

Very Old

Our cat must be about 16 years old now, I am not quite sure because she was "given" to us by our daughter when she moved back home from lodgings, many years ago.

How Old Is That In Human Years?

I always thought that to calculate a cat's age, in human terms, you multiplied its age by 6 but apparently not. According to calculator cat , you add 15 years to its first year, 10 to its second, then 4 for each subsequent year! (I think my head hurts now.) That page also gives an alternative calculation and provides a calculator which allows to to calculate YOUR age in cat terms! emoticon :grin: On my first calculation our cat is 16 X 6 = 96 years old in human terms. Using the cat calulator, she is 81 and using their alternative calculator, she is 84 years old.

Would You Go Chasing At Over 80 Years old?

No matter how her age is calculated, she is at least 80 years old in human terms. She stopped bring dead birds, chewed frogs and headless mice to the door step several years ago but yesterday the was a great commotion in the garden with birds making a huge racket. She was immediately up at the window and then wanted out! My husband found a swift or house martin on a wall. He thought at first it was badly injured and was going to put it down but then realised it was just terrified. It wouldn't fly from the roof (there is some kind of stress factor that seems to make them shut down) so he threw it up into the air and it flew!

Other Birds Picking On it

We think the noise in the garden was probably other birds picking on this one (sometimes they do that) and the cat being curious, as cats are. It is unlikely she could catch a bird these days but you never know!

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lookatdesktop wrote on May 20, 2016, 11:26 AM

I have seen one bird agitate another bird by spreading out it's wings and making a loud noise that only Grackles make. It was trying to make the other bird move away from it's space. I could tell the other bird was not so easily pressured into moving far from that spot. They might have been after the same thing, likely a lizard or a water bug. Your cat is very old but I think she will live longer being an outdoors type.

CoralLevang wrote on May 21, 2016, 7:19 PM

I know it is nature, but I get a little sad when I know that other birds will pick on the babies, or that squirrels will bother with them. I'm probably feeling the empty nest syndrome right now because of the birds flying away today. I just hope they're all okay. The parent birds have been around looking at the nest. And I'm not sure why they aren't rounding up the little ones.

MegL wrote on May 22, 2016, 3:45 AM

The baby birds are probably safer dispersed rather than all together in the nest. Maybe the parents are thinking about a second brood but it's hard that you get the empty nest syndrome too. It has been a source of great delight over the past few weeks, it seems like just a few days!

CoralLevang wrote on May 22, 2016, 3:51 AM

I found the nest/eggs 19 days ago, May 2. They hatched on the 9th and 10th. on the 21st they flew the coop. LOL Not long at all.