While normally associated with the Hippocratic Oath, on our farm it's more of a general guide to life. I am not naive enough to think that cats don't kill things. They do. They're cats. And in an odd conundrum, we mostly appreciate the "work" they do around the barn and house. Betsy is a prolific hunter. This morning she brought me a bat wing :-(.
I'm not sure how she caught a bat. Maybe it was ill and she did us all a favor. I don't really think so. She is a (too) skilled birder and I wouldn't be surprised to hear that a bat was on her "life list". A bat is on my list of animals that must be protected and never injured.
We would never do anything drastic or something not in Betsy's best interest, but I am very sad about this and all the other bird kills, including a woodpecker that I still haven't forgiven her for. I wish there was a way I could make her understand the "rules".
She needs to be an inside cat somewhere. Somewhere besides our open door farm. She's a sweet, very affectionate cat. She was a rescue so we don't know how old she is, but she's still fairly young. She has perfect litter box manners and is current on all vet work. She just kills too many birds. If anyone would be interested in adopting Betsy, please contact me by email.