Posted by Lynette Hammond on 20th Mar 2019
Cats love to hunt, it’s their thing, it’s what they do. As kittens they are taught hunting behaviours from their mother and practice them on their siblings. Cats are born to hunt, which isn’t ideal in modern day homes. Yes, some cats are brought in to help control and reduce pest problems, but most cat owners are not pleased to find injured or dead wildlife on the doorstep or in the home.
Playing with Prey
Often cats will bring home injured animals such as birds and small mammals. The reason why so many small animals is injured is because cats don’t go straight in for the kill, they like to ‘play’. There are a few suggested reasons for this. The first is that the cats are trying to reduce the risk of injury by practicing how to catch prey and manipulate it until it’s safe to kill. The second theory is because the cat is not an expert assassin at this stage and is still learning how to capture and secure the prey. Finally, cats may simply enjoy playing with their prey, they are having too much fun and see it as a game. It’s dark but a possibility.
Is it possible to stop a cat from hunting?
Cats are predators and they will naturally hunt and catch prey when they’re given the chance. It doesn’t matter how much food they are given, the natural hunting behaviour will pop up, even on full bellied kitties. They sometimes bring home the prey too. Cats that bring home prey do so because they feel the home is safe and secure, which is a good thing of course. However, cat owners will not be happy when discovering carcases that have been place in the home for safe keeping.
Tips to Stop Cats from Hunting
Cats love to hunt, so when taking any steps to prevent this behaviour it’s important to replace it with a safe activity to keep cats happy and healthy. Find out more about keeping cats happy, here.
We would like to thank the many ProtectaPet customers that took part in an interesting study on the behaviour of domestic cats. The study titled “Hunting behaviour in domestic cats: An exploratory study of risk and responsibility among cat owners” was published on 8 January 2019 and can be viewed online if you’re interested in learning more about the topic.Do [...]
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