If the mole was killed by poison, I'd think it very possible, and this might be the most likely sort of mole for the cat to find. Are live moles easy for a cat to catch? I've never heard that they have poison glands like toads.
Tom, I can only find a couple of references to some relatively obscure diseases that could theoretically be transmitted from moles to cats. One is leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that is more common in dogs than cats. The occasional mole gets it and a cat eating the mole could become infected. The other is babesiosis, a relative of malaria. It is spread by ticks and the human form has been traced to ticks on moles. However, I can't find any evidence of transmission from moles to cats.
Yes, a cat that caught a mole might get a mouthful of a mole killer. The only one registered in the US is zinc phosphide. It's actually not very effective against moles (can be quite effective on other species & is not something you'd want ot swallow yourself.). It has to be eaten which means you have to find a bait that the mole will eat--so far success has been limited. I can't find any citations about cats being poisoned by eating moles, however. Castor oil is sold as a mole repelant--I found brand names that include Mole-Otov Cocktail and Mole Evacuator among other things. Presumably a cat that got a mouthful of this would respond in the evacuation mode.
The only other reference I can give you comes from Frank Muir's An Irreverent and Thoroughly Incomplete Social History of Almost Everything. I'm doing this from memory so I don't have the name of the person, but there was a 19th Century eccentric who wanted to eat one of everything. He had a deal with the London Zoo when some rare animal died. Anyway, he said a mole was the worst thing he ever tasted. So maybe your cats will only hunt & not feast. [edit to add correct quote] Austus J. C. Hare The Story of My Life, 4 June 1882
quote:Dr. Buckland used to say that he had eaten his way striaght through the whole animla creation and that the worst thing was a mole--that was utterly horrible...
Kathy "upwardly mole-bull" B.
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Kind of off the subject but ill throw it up and see what happens.
Some years ago a Major cat food manufacturer came up with the idea for a new flavor for cat food. Mouse flavor -- needless to say they obtained mice prepared them as the cat food meat and began testing it with one problem-- the cats never ever ate it. The cats would refuse to eat it even if it was the only option.
so i dont think your cat would eat a mole it just has its wild primative side that need the hunt and enjoys it
We have cats the way other people have mice.
Our cats have killed plenty of moles over the years, but haven't suffered. In fact, they almost never eat the moles; they usually leave them on our doorstep as presents. Now, once a cat ate Macheath's pet gerbil....
Brad "yes, I stole it from James Thurber" from Georgia
When I was a child our cats lived on mice, moles, birds and voles with no ill effect. But the little bundle of indigestible bits (skin etc.) that the cat brings up after a meal is pretty gross when dinner was mole.
My mother had a cat that would wait all day until she saw the mole move and than cought it, but I donīt remember if she ate it. What I have heard is that a cat that only eats insektivores like moles or frogs cannot get enough calories and vitamines out of it and eventually will end up sick. Maybe a cat not only needs the flesh of itīs pray, but also whatīs in itīs stomach to get enough vitamins. So if the cat only once in a while eats a mole, than there should not be a problem.
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Thanks, folks. I have sent the URL of this page to my cousin who has the sick kitty.
quote:Originally posted by JK Will: My cat used to catch moles but would leave them uneaten. She preferred rabbits and mice.
My cats catch and eat almost everything, but they do not eat the moles; at least I find whole moles, but never whole anything else. They dragged that squirrel tail into the house three times before I buried it.
When my mothers cat had kittens, she used to catch rats and let them go into the house to train the kittens hunting. That was not so bad, but the dog also tried to catch the rats, not paying attention at what was in the way. Well, I think you can picture it.
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quote:Originally posted by martiansatemybrain: so i dont think your cat would eat a mole it just has its wild primative side that need the hunt and enjoys it
Well, having seen several half-eaten mice around a neighbor's house and having seen one of her cats eating one (ugh), I know at least some cats *will* eat the mice they catch. It was a well-fed (and fat :P) cat, too...