Are cats "city Rabbits" ?

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by upnorth, Apr 3, 2020.

  1. upnorth


    Nov 25, 2006
    I just saw this huge long thread about pet cats. Ok, I admit that I don't get the "cat thing". But in a pinch I would eat them without thinking twice. Most are kept well fed and they should skin out just like a rabbit. Just avoid a mangy looking one like any other animal. In an extended crisis situation I bet that many people would be reviewing their perspectives.
  2. benchwarmer380

    benchwarmer380 Valyrian Member Platinum Member

    Sep 17, 2012

  3. effenoam


    Mar 19, 2013
    There's plenty of real rabbits in the city....
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  4. upnorth


    Nov 25, 2006
    Quite true. But look at it numerically.
  5. ArchVV

    ArchVV Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 8, 2015
    Lots of dogs too. And people.
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  6. Sidehill Gouger

    Sidehill Gouger

    Dec 29, 2007
    Try eating my wife's cat and you will really find out what walking on the fighting side of me means. Stick to rats and squirrels.
  7. bore


    May 20, 2015
    I think predators or carnivores carry a lot of parasites. Just cook it well done to be safe
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  8. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Having spent time in a third world country where if you can catch it, it's on the menu, and having tried some rather unusual food there, I would not hesitate to do so if the alternative was to go hungry. I would just make sure it was well cooked.
  9. JJHollowman

    JJHollowman Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 16, 2016
    More than one person has survived on Long Pig. Besides, cats are fast runners whereas most Americans, being pretty fat.. :D
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  10. Sid Post

    Sid Post

    Oct 14, 1998
    Feral hogs where I live! :(

    Even if I don't butcher them, those destructive critters are getting put down.

    With any feral animal, safe handling and preparation are very important!

    Can I eat pets, sure if I'm hungary enough. The reality is most of them don't have enough meat to be worth the effort.

    Out in the country, Catfish are a whole lot easier. ;)

    There are a few dogs I'd like to get in my rifle sights too. Those cow chasing chicken killers are on borrowed time.
  11. Sid Post

    Sid Post

    Oct 14, 1998
    Check out Japanese quail if you live in the city!

    Urban chickens can work too in some areas.
  12. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    Cats are obligate carnivores. Rabbits are vegan. VERY different role in the food chain, for both them AND for you.
    Also, don't mess with my cat. She's part of the family.
  13. SW-EDC

    SW-EDC Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 4, 2015
    Our cat too..huge part of us and almost human like in many ways. I would hurt whoever hurt her.
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  14. stabman

    stabman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Little early to start eating our pets...I don't know about you, but I still have canned goods left. :)

    And even though the grocery stores don't have every item you might want at any given time right now, they do still have food.

    Not time for "survival mode" yet...

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  15. neo71665


    Feb 18, 2020
  16. Boxer .45

    Boxer .45

    Jan 11, 2015
    In the given situation/scenario, all of you "cat lovers" would be eating your cats too, as well as anyone elses cat or any other "urban game".

    Best way to keep your cat safe, or off the menu, is to keep them in your house and out of your neighbor's yard. That goes for now and in a given scenario. ;)
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  17. Boxer .45

    Boxer .45

    Jan 11, 2015
    There was a survival magazine that covered exactly this topic. I took pictures for the publication to go along with the authors story. For the record I only took pictures of the traps/snares.

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  18. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    It's like you've never heard of a squirrel.
    I'll not be sharing my stash of antibiotics or worming medication with you.
  19. Boxer .45

    Boxer .45

    Jan 11, 2015
    Sure I have, and there are some rabbits around. But those are only going to last so long. How many people do you think a squirrel will feed? How long do you imagine the squirrel will last?

    Were talking alternatives here when were talking common domesticated animals anyway, likely when everything else has been consumed. If you have droves of squirrel and rabbit and fish, then by all means. A lot of people in urban and suburban environments won't have that luxury long in such an instance.
  20. Boxer .45

    Boxer .45

    Jan 11, 2015
    Few issues later the magazine publushed an article about pigeons and similar birds in urban environments. Both have merit.

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