Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The dark side of Johnny

It's hard to imagine that the sweet, affectionate, cuddly, stretchy, bundle of orange fur 
we all know as JohnnyCashCat...


...is the same feral beast that walks around with an entire rabbit in his mouth.

I have a fascinating but gross series of pictures from last week that I've agonized about posting here.
They involve Johnny, the rabbit, Johnny's attempts to hide the rabbit from the chickens,
the chickens' attempt to find the rabbit, and so on. Would you like to see them? Let's take a poll:

32 comments:

  1. Can i vote twice? My second being the last one, sick and twisted. I myself am dark and twisted, so i can relate! LOL
    That cat is part Mountain Lion.

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  2. I can't forget the memory of my own cat chewing on the back end of a beautiful little lizard; all I could do was bash him on the head to end his agony (ahem, the lizard, not the cat). Nature is darned cruel, we all know, but I prefer not to pay attention to that part of it. Sob!

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  3. For those of us who have animals that eat meat, it is a fact of life. For those of us who take the responsibility of putting meat on our own tables, it is a fact of life. For those of us who have lost animals to wild predators, sometimes the only way to tell what animal did it is to look at the wounds in a photograph. It isn't gross. It's real.

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  4. When do the polls close? Although I didn't vote for the last one, I did get a laugh out of it.
    Nicolas brought in a bird in the night and ate everything but the feathers and the head.
    What a mess to clean up. At least Johnny leaves his trophies outside! Oh those cats.
    He is doing his job like it or not n'est-ce pas? BA SP

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  5. This is unfair to Johnny, it is not his dark side. you asked him to be a hunter, he is doing faithfully his job. a cat hunts all animals that are smaller to him, no distinction. If he were lliving inside the house he wouldn't hunt. and if Smooch were roaming free, she would bring back bunnies too. A cat also has one master (you in this case), whom he treasures like a godess, so he will do his best to bring you back a (best) prey as a honour. I think this bunny was aimed to you. I suggest you congratule him. If you don't want him to hunt anymore, put him a collar with a little bell. but anybody can see in his eyes the goodness and beauty of a cat, there is nothing bad in these two eyes.

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  6. I voted. Yes, you are sick and twisted, but I imagine you like hearing that. The hens are the real sick twisted ones on the ranch.

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    1. I wanted to vote Sick and Twisted---just so Carson could have a laugh. The hens are really tiny dinosaurs. All hens are. :)

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  7. What a great hunter Johnny is!

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  8. Johnny is a great hunter. My cat, Charlie, is a great hunter too, but all he has caught are mice (okay, and birds.)

    Laurie

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  9. That second pic was enough for me...
    Now I know why he doesn't always eat his food :-(

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  10. Ha! I voted "Bring It, I'm from the city." I'm not from the city, but I say Bring It!
    Hobbes' biggest struggle is hiding his kill from the dogs. The chickens pay him no mind most of the time.

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  11. so tomorrow's post is a tribute to the competences of Johnny, not his dark side.

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  12. It looks like most of us are sick and twisted. If you say they're fascinating, I want to see them. Heck, usually I'm standing by a pile of poop trying to figure out what left it, so this will be a nice little change. Sorry bunny.

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  13. Perfect timing with Halloween coming up! Bring on the gore and the blood!

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  14. At least he didn't bring it inside like our cat does. Rabbits, gophers, birds, and snakes; she's so generous! Only sometimes they are still alive. Catch and release in the house is not so much fun for the humans.

    Bring it on!

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  15. This darn Government computer, blocked the poll. Geez. But yes I want to see. Johnny is very proud. Is he loud? Proud and loud? I used to live on a little farm, so really nothing surprises me or grosses me out except potato bugs. I always used to tell my ex husband, that dying goats, dying chickens, dying dogs taught me to be a realist...as hard as it is at times. Happy hump day!

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  16. My cat killed ay least 12 bunnies this summer. And we live in the suburbs. The whole neighborhood feat him and give him a lot of space, especially the dogs. I love a cat with some wild attitude.

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  17. I don't want to see dead rabbits. I don't!

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  18. Circle of life and all that...

    I like it when the critters fulfill their biological imperatives. I only intervene on behalf of my animals - like when Q (jack russell terrorist) corners an angry opossum or worse raccoon, on the porch and she could get injured. The cats supplement their diets daily. And totally agree about chickens - mine are the bloodthirstiest residents by far. Tiny dinosaurs for real!

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  19. JCC, bring that vermin "down, down, down, like a burnin' ring of fire..." There's a song in there somewhere! He's living up to his name. Can't wait til tomorrow or Friday for the dark twisted post.

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  20. Yeah it's a part of nature but not a part I want to be reminded of in a graphic way. Looks like "see" is winning hands down so could you PLEASE put an adequate warning prefacing the gore so some of us can move on until the following day. Thank you. I love JCC, don't want to see his dark side. Becky

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  21. You really didn't give the appropriate option for me: Please post them so I can compare to my own sick twisted pictures from my own barn cats and their hunting expeditions!

    I would advise putting a big fat disclaimer at the top of the post though so the squeamish ones can skip it

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  22. You are sick and twisted for sure. And, judging by the poll, your readers are too :-)
    I'm just amazed JCC can catch them!!

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  23. Do we want to see JCC playing hide-and-seek with a dead rabbit and the chickens?
    From my sick-and-twisted point of view, that seems like the best way to start off the morning. A peppermint chis fresca, a labrador puppy overly excited that the sky is once again light and pictures of a cat bringing home his game. Bring it on!!!

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  24. since when is 3 votes equal to 0%??!

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  25. Love the part about him trying to keep the kills away from the chickens. They are machines.

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  26. Yes, yes yes love to see them pics.
    Love your story always!!!!!

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  27. After viewing the poll, there seems to be quite a few people that have a strange thing about viewing life and death amongst the wild. Just curious - does Johnny go back at a later time and eat the rabbits that he kills or do the bloodthirsty chickens get to them first?

    Linda

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  28. An American in Tokyo10/29/14, 6:06 PM

    My only request is that you give us a warning before the first photo! =)
    Sometimes I don't think and go to your blog first thing in the morning while I'm still eating breakfast, so I would probably have to wait until after I finish to see the saga! ha ha!

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  29. I have loved cats all my life and I have cleaned up the bloodied remains of their hunting prowess. I hope I am strong enough to see photographic evidence of the wild side of JCC (A VLC (Very Large Cat)). Truly, the carnivorous chickens gross me out!!!

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  30. At one time we lived in the country and our Mom Cat had a litter. One of the males was born with a backward foot, and our vet took the foot and part of his leg off. We called him Hopalong Catsidy and he did fine. Then he found the joys of hunting. I was astounded the first time he came home with a rabbit in his mouth almost as big as he was, but it was only the beginning. Daily he found something to catch, play with and then kill, all from the woods behind our house. I couldn't have stopped him, nor did I want to. Hoppie was a great hunter and his little handicap didn't seem to bother him in anyway.

    Jo and Stella

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  31. The momma feral cat who was next door I believe cleaned out our rat problem! Thank goodness. Unfortunately, our neighbor caught one of the kittens in a trap and took the poor thing to the pound. We have the other two in the old dog kennel (with lattice on top) and they have a scratching post, a log to climb, and plenty of food and water, and they are calming down. In fact, they were both sitting and waiting for their breakfast this morning! We haven't seen the mother now for over a week so hopefully she has found a new neighborhood...
    Cheryl Ann

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