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Frogs and Cats

Last night I found a frog in my compost bin. He is very welcome to stay there now I know he is not vermin, but I am very concerned that Princess Kitty knew he was there before I did. He is currently out exploring his surroundings so I've brought madam in but I can't help but think if he sticks around it will only be so long before he's a cat toy. I also have a feeling that if I try and move him to a safer location he will just come back . Should I just leave things be?  
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  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484
    I have frogs in my small pond but Peppa Puss hasn't shown any interest..... Yet. They're in the pond in daytime so being a cat she doesn't venture there.. Water and cats are not best friends usually😉. But she is I doors from 8pm until at least 9am so I don't think she gets the chance. I think cats do prey on frogs though 🙁


  • FireFire LondonPosts: 10,929
    keep the cat inside
  • Bijdezee said:
    I have frogs in my small pond but Peppa Puss hasn't shown any interest..... Yet. They're in the pond in daytime so being a cat she doesn't venture there.. Water and cats are not best friends usually😉. But she is I doors from 8pm until at least 9am so I don't think she gets the chance. I think cats do prey on frogs though 🙁


    Yes madam is very interested.  There is no water for around a km that i can think of so was quite suprised to find him. Parents have been up to see him and neighbours small child,as well as mine and neighbours cat, so kind of hoping he hops off somewhere safer. Cat is in from dusk until morning. Hopefully he is a boy I've read they squeal if caught might scare her 🤞
  • BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 1,892
    I currently have a dead frog and dead bird in the bin. I strongly suspect that at least one of them was killed by a member of the local pussy posse. I'd err on the side of caution if you want Kermit to survive ;)
  • JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 666
    Obviously I have only ever had lazy cats, they all enjoyed bird watching, occasionally were interested in putting the odd paw on a wandering ant, frogs were ignored and hedgehog given a wary wide berth…… butterflies give hours of entertainment but the actual chance of catching one was zero!🦋 I did however have one who was brilliant at catching and dispatching spiders and bluebottles.
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 2,778
    My cats have never caught frogs though we have lots in the garden. Foxes and herons are more of a risk.
  • edhelkaedhelka GwyneddPosts: 1,974
    This beauty was brought inside by our cat months ago and saved before it was too late.
    Yes, they kill whatever they can but I wouldn't call them evil, they can't help themselves.
    Are you willing to keep her inside forever?
    Knowing my cute little kitty is a killer isn't pretty but as a cat owner, I have to live with it. I believe cats are not happy as indoor pets. They are natural predators, obligate carnivores, and they are barely domesticated, their instincts are too strong.

  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 2,778
    @edhelka, this is a long-running discussion and not really worth entering. Of course, cats are neither evil nor virtuous, they are just cats, as bees are bees and cows are cows. Some gardeners hate them and some don't.
  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 3,703
    My cat Harrie has discovered frogs, she is now frog curious and classified a major frog botherer! She goes outside supervised only!
  • a1154a1154 Posts: 859
    A neighbour’s cat comes in my garden to hunt and kill frogs (and poo in my cut flower border). I must say I do detest that this happens. 
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