Can cats eat flies?
I’ve been trying to raise some baby chicks in my yard for a few weeks now, and I think I’m ready to try raising some chicks in my house (instead of under a heat lamp in my basement). My only problem is that I don’t know where to put them, as my house is fairly large.
My yard is completely fenced in, and the only place there is a large patch of grass is about 3ft away from the closest window. I have about 20 feet of fencing between that grass and the back door, and I have a 2ft fence from that back door to the corner of the yard.
I’m really worried that the chicks will eat some of the bugs that live in that grass, as I’ve seen a lot of flies on the grass while watering.
My question is this, are cats smart enough to eat flies without getting poisoned by them?
They’re not poisonous in any way that I know of, but they do have a smell that the average cat can smell, as they don’t have the ability to remove it with their paw. So they may not want to eat a fly that has already been caught.
Any advice is appreciated. I also have a dog that I don’t want to put in the house because he’ll probably eat the bugs that live in there.
If you’re worried about your cats eating bugs, it would be a good idea to keep them away from the grass, to make sure they’re not eating any bugs that are in there, or the cat will end up eating the grass, and if there is a dead animal or insect in it, then it might be a problem. If you do this, the next time you have to water the grass, try to wait until you water it while they’re in a different part of the yard.
If your dog will be OK staying outside, you could get a box that is larger than the grass and put them in it. It’s up to you if you want to feed them and take care of them. It also helps to keep them out of the grass and they won’t be eating the bugs that are there.
What do you think? Should I keep them out of the house? Should I take the chance and leave them in the grass? Or should I take the time to find some other location to put them?
I don’t have any cats, so I couldn’t answer that question for you, but I can tell you that the flies and flies eggs are very good to eat. I’ve seen dogs and even people eat them, and they are not poisonous. You can also feed the birds and other animals the same things.
I would say to either keep the chicks in the grass or find somewhere else to put them. I’m sure it’s not going to be easy to get them out of the grass.
@kimma – The cat will just smell the dead bugs, but it won’t eat them. There aren’t many poisonous bugs in the grass. A cat won’t get into any trouble, but it’s not very smart and might decide to eat a bug or two, if it doesn’t want to smell them.
The only problem I see with keeping them in the grass is that if it rains they will get wet and possibly die. You could buy some plastic sheets and cover the grass with them. That way they wouldn’t be exposed to the rain and they would have a shelter from the wind.
There is some evidence that a cat or dog might help keep down flies, and they might help the plants. But I’m not sure how much of an advantage that would be.
@kimma – Yes, a cat will not eat them. It won’t get into any trouble, but it won’t eat them. The grass isn’t poisonous either, it’s just full of insects, and most cats don’t want to smell them. If the cat gets into the grass, it will probably smell the dead bugs and won’t get into any trouble.
The problem you could have is that they could be eaten by a predator, like a skunk or raccoon. But, I think you’re safe, as they’re only feeding the birds and insects and it doesn’t seem like they would be eating them as much as you’re afraid they would.
@kimma – I’m not sure where you live, but it’s pretty safe. The only thing you need to watch out for is predators like skunks and raccoons. They’ll eat anything. The thing is, you can’t get rid of those predators, so the best thing you can do is keep the cats away from the grass and use some protection to keep the grass clean.
I live in Illinois and I think it’s safe. I have a cat that goes outside, and there are some wild animals in the woods that they might encounter, but I don’t think there are too many of them. They don’t have much of a population, but they don’t kill too much either.
@kimma – I’m not sure, but my cats will eat the bugs that live in the grass. I don’t know how safe the grass is, but I’m not too worried about it. I have a dog that is allowed to stay outside, but he wouldn’t eat the bugs.
I also have a cat that stays outside, and I don’t think she’s ever eaten a bug.
If your cats don’t want to eat the bugs, I’d probably try putting them in a box and let them get away from the grass. I don’t think they’d be a problem, but