It’s ancient history, literally. Your cat may appear to be completely tamed. All your needs are covered, water and food available 24 hours a day, sandbox for their physical waste, lots of toys and towers to scrape her nails, but just appears at your door with a dead bird in his mouth. Your kitten is not cruel, is that you can not avoid.
The hunting instinct has factory, ie it is an integral part of his being. In fact, it was this instinct that led him to domesticate. When civilization became agricultural, the cat became the hero as eliminated the problem of rats in barns. Now we have them as companions at home, but the instinct is not dead. To your cat loves to hunt. Your body is designed for this.
Mother learned: It is she who teaches her kittens how to hunt mice or bringing them live birds or dead to play or eat. Eventually they learn the techniques needed to survive.
Two ways to hunt: The cat has two strategies to get their prey; • Stalking: Pursue tirelessly until hunt. His ability to quickly move (cat stance) and quiet at the same time is an effective weapon; • Ambush. Wait patiently with their fixed until the prey out of hiding look. This occurs mostly when the animal lives underground.
Hunter Cat Behavior: What to us seems a cruel game for your cat has all the common sense of the world; • chattering teeth. This is similar to the sound they make when they bite their prey. The cat, contrary to what seems, is not to suffer the bird and try to kill a single bite. When the cat lives in the house and sees the birds outside the window often comes into this “trance” watching intently and his body seems to think that has already hunted. For this Castanea his teeth as if in the process. This may be accompanied by short meows.
• Move your head before attacking: This is done to ensure that the dam has not moved and that her jump to her is correct. The cat has binocular vision and moving his head quickly from side to side helps you calculate the distance between him and his prey. He does not fall on it and immobilize it means losing battle because the insurance prey escape.
Common questions about hunter behavior; • Why play with the prey? Because your cat does not need to hunt to eat but when we finally have the opportunity to catch something, you want to enjoy the moment.
• Why bring me dead animals? We find it hard to understand that our beautiful pussycat may be able to kill another creature. And worse is when you open your door in the morning and find the poor dead mouse or bird waiting for burial.
For years insurance you’ve heard that this is a “gift” that the cat is regaling you and you should thank your kitten gesture. But with a little research we found new theories. These apply knowledge found with wild cats, the ancestors of yours; 1. The cat is bringing him food to members of their colony who can not feed themselves – read TU, unable to hunt humans 2.. Carries the prey to your door to teach the techniques and learn to hunt;. 3. The cat recognizes you as part of their colony and according to their social customs, must be fed;. So I do not see it as something bad or negative. Your kitten simply you are training in feline language. Do not forget to appreciate what he does for you and give you an extra cariñito for their efforts.
• Can I stop the process? DO NOT. What you can do is prevent remove live animals. A cat that lives indoors only mice will hunt lie. If your cat enters and leaves home can help future victims in various ways. The cat hunting at dawn or at night. If you enter your cat in the afternoon you avoid that is free during those hours. You can also put a bell on his collar. The noise will scare anyone left in its wake. EYE: No guarantee that the cat does not learn to remove the bell (act I have witnessed) or hold his head up to make no noise. The cat is ready.