Posted: 04/05/2012 at 06:30
My next door neighbour has a cat, which treats my garden as its own.
I have a bird table, and a ground feeding area for birds. But the cat shows little interest in either of those. In my experience, what cats really prefer to hunt is mice.
If they have a choice, cats will always prefer mice.
I have some long grass and the cat will spend half-an-hour at a time intently gazing at any spot where the cat can hear movement in the grass.
This is my neighbour's cat, returning home carrying the afternoon's spoils in its mouth:
I once saw my neighbour's cat catch a mole. The cat could hear the mole working beneath the ground, but couldn't get at it. Then, eventually, when the mole surfaced, the cat was able to pounce.
I've also provided a patch of catmint (cats love catmint) as a reward for work well done: