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InnerLight posted 8/15/2013 22:19 PM

I stepped outside this eve with a glass of wine to relax. I saw my cat and she was in such a strong hunting posture I almost didn't recognize her. I couldn't see what she was so intent on. I saw her move in, and looked over and saw a large rattlesnake staring her down, poised to strike and she was only 6 feet away.

I tried calling her and she refused to come and only inched closer to the snake. I didn't want to come to get her, she was too close. I've lived in rattlesnake country for 9 years but I have only seen one other and I don't know how they move. I wasn't sure I could grab her without it getting more agitated and biting me.

I called my neighbor and as I'm on the phone she moves within 3 feet of the snake.

I was calling her and calling her. The snake was raised high on its coiled hissing really loudly. My kitty was intent on pouncing, and i was thinking she is a goner. this is it for kitty!

Then she backed up, alarmed at the intensity of the snake. She came to me then and I picked her up from a safe distance. I was relieved to have her in my arms. My neighbor arrived with a flat shovel and came up behind the snake and got him. Chopped its head off.

It was a big fat snake and I counted the rattles. 7. It kept writhing without its head. Gruesome and fascinating.

Kitty is safe.

nowiknow23 posted 8/15/2013 22:24 PM

((((kitty and IL))))

jo2love posted 8/15/2013 22:26 PM

(((InnerLight & kitty)))

ThoughtIKnewYa posted 8/15/2013 23:03 PM

I'm so glad she's OK!!

The snake can 'bite' for 24 hours or so after you've cut the head off. It's a reflex thing, so be very careful if you handle that part of it.

caregiver9000 posted 8/15/2013 23:50 PM

So glad for the happy ending!

I had a cat that cornered a copperhead in our garage. My dad killed that snake with a shovel. He buried the head, and let the kitty stalk the headless body after.

heartbroken_kk posted 8/16/2013 02:09 AM

wow, so lucky your kitty finally came to her senses!

I had to decapitate a rattler outside the kitchen door a couple months ago. It was creepy having to do it. Gave me the heebie jeebies.

persevere posted 8/16/2013 07:23 AM

Wow! That gave me chills! So glad you are both okay! :-)

k94ever posted 8/16/2013 08:01 AM

And this is why I live so far North.


amitheow posted 8/16/2013 08:03 AM

That is a crazy story. I got the shivers. YUK YUK YUK!

Glad Kitty is safe.

Take2 posted 8/16/2013 08:17 AM

Okay, Creepy!! Creepier still picturing a cat with a headless rattler! Yuck!

Glad Kitty is safe! And yay for good neighbors!!

tushnurse posted 8/16/2013 09:37 AM

Whew! Scary stuff.
We killed a copperhead in our Garage this week, it was quite possibly the largest one I have ever seen. YIKES!!

nowiknow23 posted 8/16/2013 09:47 AM

And this is why I live so far North.
Amen, k9. Bring on the snow.

sad12008 posted 8/16/2013 13:38 PM

Holy cr*p!

As if I needed another reason to be leery of going into our dark-along-the-walls garage at night, you all have convinced me to steer clear!

InnerLight posted 8/17/2013 09:53 AM

Rattlers are scary, but it was very restrained, and didn't strike even tho my cat was stalking it for an hour. I heard the hissing from inside my house but assumed it was my irrigation system.

I am grateful that snakes eat mice and gophers.

The squirrel in my yard was acting crazy agitated the past few days and I couldn't understand why. I thought maybe it had rabies, but now I think it could see the rattlesnake and I couldn't.

I will pay more attention to squirrel language from now on.

I regret not trying to skin and cook the snake. It seems like a waste of good meat to have thrown it out. Next time....

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