Wednesday, November 07, 2007

A question about slugs.

Okay, this is going to sound slightly ridiculous but I have a question about slugs.
I have a very large-for the city- back garden, and mostly it is filled with a raggedy lawn, mature bushes and hedges, a huge black berry bush, and very few actual flowers. Until we have more money at our disposal that is the way it shall remain too.
Because I don't have a lot of flowers, except for some troughs filled with pretty hardy Geraniums, I don't really get into a flap about snails and slugs. I don't like killing them, I just don't. I usually move all the visible snails off the lawn before I mow it and there was a slug that looked like a small walrus sitting by the kitchen drainpipe yesterday that I moved onto the lawn with a stick.
(I know this sounds more daft as I go on, bear with me.)
However, the last few nights I've noticed something odd. I put the cats out into the garage every night and I feed them there. Apart from the Marklar, the Bigger of the cats and Puddy have their bowls on the floor (concrete) But all this week I have been finding two pretty hardy looking slugbuts in their bowls before I feed them. Normally I toss these chaps out, rinse the bowls then feed the cats, but lo, they are back again the next night.
So, pondering this, last night instead of tossing them out I plonked the very smallest piece of cat food (cod in jelly) down for them (the slugs) and went to bed (upstairs).
This morning it is gone and from all the silver trails it seems they went for it like crack starved junkies. Now maybe they're just coming in because the weather is getting colder, but it does seem they make their little sluggy way in at the same time every evening, and they do seem to make their slugbutty way to the same spot. So what do we think?
Is this odd? Do slugs like cat food?
Or am I spending a bit too much time thinking about slugs?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the French are preparing snails for the table, they feed them flour and cereal in a bucket to cleanse their digestive tracts. Perhaps your slugs like the cereal in the cat food. Sounds like you need to get a special slug bowl to take care of your two new pets -(Plug and Glug?)Har! You might even train them to eat from your hand!

11:16 a.m.  
Blogger Birchsprite said...

The black ones are carnivorous and the green ones are vegetarian or it might be the other way round. Whichever way it is the ones coming to the cat food are the meat eating sort...hence the love of cat food or is it the dried sort. I guess I didn't pay attention to that bit of the post. Why do I know this... who knows. It's amazing the rubbish that I store in my head.

11:19 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Plug and Glug? You're dottier and I am, I wasn't going to NAME them, just feed and coo at them, maybe make them little outfits. (Although Queen Slugforabutt from Earthworm Jim was did run through my head)

11:21 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Good Lord Birchsprite, what about the brown ones?

11:23 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She needs her full title FMC - Queen Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-filled, Malformed, Slug-for-a-Butt.

11:29 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

WEEEEEEE! Go Sheep! God I loved that show so much, I loved Evil The Cat, and Bob the Goldfish and Professor Monkey for a head. Peter Puppy, and Turns His Eyelids Inside Out Boy and How Evil Jim was defeated through frozen yoghurt brain freeze.
Loved it! I used to come in form a nights dancing and hooching around and watch it before going to bed.

11:36 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I must not fear, fear is the mind killer, fear is the little death that brings total oblivion".
Princess whats-her-name and psy-crow.

Brilliant stuff.

11:44 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Sheep, go here go here!

11:47 a.m.  
Blogger Pat said...

I think you're right - they are coming in from the cold. I have snali trails on the mat in the backporch which is often open. If you want to stop them getting in bowls or tubs slaver vaseline round the edges liberally. Great fun!

11:49 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I don't really mind them, they don't skeeve me out or anything, I was just wondering about their sudden interest in cat food.

11:54 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Linky aint workin for sum reason FMC.

11:56 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Look to the heaven above! Or the above post even.

11:59 a.m.  
Blogger Birchsprite said...

I think the brown ones are classed a lighter black ones ... or they are omnivores... or something

12:57 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I see, I'm fairly certain my two are a greeny brown, and fat.*

* runs off to check garage.

1:14 p.m.  
Blogger Megan McGurk said...

I will never be able to eat escargot again after we lived in Oregon and had slugs all over the backyard leaving their slime trail. They had a beauty contest there every year for the "Slug Queen" that was funny and non-sexist actually (dudes often won).

2:39 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you realise putting out a pie pan full of beer is a non-toxic way to get rid of snails and slugs?

3:09 p.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

"looking like a tiny walrus"


Carnivorous slugs though! Lets hope they don't organise.

3:27 p.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

How can you tell a girl slug from a boy slug?

3:27 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Slugh Queen? hah! To what beauty standards where they held up to? most glistening body? Shiniest trail?
"Carnivorous slugs though! Lets hope they don't organise.'
Like those evil dolphins.
PA? Death by alcohol? Huh, death where is they sting!
And Sam is quite right, how can you tell lady slugs from the gents. It's not like they wear ties.

hhhmmmm considers making little slug sized ties.

3:35 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's another discussion about slugs:

Check out the yellow Banana Slug.

3:45 p.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

Even if they wore ties though, they might still be school-child slugs going to a uniform-only school.

3:48 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Curses Sam, and they have no ears for earring checking, although in this day and age even that doesn't negate a thing. So how to tell?
Annoymous, -Purdy! Also I like the contrasting dust runner style slime spreader underneath.

3:52 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to hate slugs til I saw the movie cartoon Flushed Away.

Looky look!

5:13 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

eeeeeeee, what terrific singers they are. They remind me of "Gary' Spongebob's pet snail.

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Blogger Mairéad said...

I love to garden.
Those pesky slugs love to EAT my garden!!!
A mysterious creature called the Kerry Slug has stopped a much-needed bypass being built hereabouts.
I HATE slugs.

7:36 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Even singing slugs? Looks at Pinky's clip. How could anyone hate a baritone like that?
Although I fancy I might feel slightly differently about them if they were scoffing my garden to pieces.

7:40 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Dad has a big massive veg garden and every night he goes down there at dusk with a torch and does what he calls "Slug Patrol" which means him checking all of the leaves for slugs, picking them off, putting them in a bowl or a bucket or something and then leaving them for his chickens to eat, aw! When I am out visiting I like to watch him do this, he is like a crazed lunatic when it comes to his veggies being eaten by creatures other than humans!

12:59 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Circle of life I suppose. He has his food, the chickens get theirs.

9:23 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah slugs eat cat & dog food. They are often in my dog's bowl. Some are carnivorous & hunt snails, other slugs & worms. I recently read of a "kleptoparasytic" relationship between a british species of carnivorous plant & a slug that lives off the dead insects it catches. As a general rule, the ridged slugs with a remnant shell that looks like a little cap, are more often carnivorous. The smoother types eat your garden.

2:10 p.m.  
Blogger rainyz said...

I just found a slug in my cat food tonight! It was totally eating it! I leave the food out for this stray that comes around.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I occassionally flick them into my neighbours bush... that bush annoys the living sh!-t outta me and so do the six / ten slugs that re-appear overnight everynight...but stopping doing that! trap sounds expensive but catfood goes down a treat so need to help my poor cat. ..hellp

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