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Old 01-10-2009, 08:56 AM
 
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do all cats inherently (in their genes) try to kill and eat rodents like rats or mice, etc?
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Old 01-10-2009, 01:38 PM
 
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Not really, from what I have seen its more playtime, the killing is more a side effect of that playing.
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Old 01-10-2009, 01:45 PM
 
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I think the intent is to kill and eat. Or present as a meal, whether dead or alive, to a loved one.
Snakes, too.
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Old 01-10-2009, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Northeast Pa
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Cats are hard-wired predators, it's what they do (if they are allowed to). The wildness isn't entirely breed out of them as is the case with some/most dogs.
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Old 01-10-2009, 02:12 PM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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All of mine do. They seem to love the taste of fresh mouse. All the cats I have ever had did too.

I have heard of cats who are inept at hunting and that if their mother couldn't hunt, they never learn how either as the fundamentals are imparted from mother to kitten within the 1st 2 months. But they still have the instinctual attention ot movement that is a hallmark of a predator.
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Old 01-10-2009, 02:17 PM
 
Location: North Central Illinois
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I think it depends on the cat. I've had several. I had one who was outside alot and she killed and ate everything she could catch. I couldn't understand this because I always left food and water outside and inside for her. So it must have been instinct.
I have a cat now who would catch mice and not kill them, just bring them to me as presents (EEK! I hate mice), then she would play with them and not kill them. And this cat was a homeless cat I took in and gave a home to so you would think that she would have been in the habit of killing and eating mice to survive before I took her in.
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Old 01-10-2009, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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do all cats inherently (in their genes) try to kill and eat rodents like rats or mice, etc?
If you socialize a cat with rats, the two can coexist.

This is why you have dogs and cats living in the same household and so on.

A domesticated animal will have a prey drive. So if a house cat sees a mouse, it will instinctively go after it and kill it.

But it may not eat it. Dogs and cats have to be taught how to eat the prey. So if your dog, for example, kills a squirrel, you would have to cut the squirrel up and show the dog that the squirrel is food.

I apologize for the example. I love all animals. But my dog (god rest her soul) loved to pick up road kill. But like other domestic animals, she did not understand that it was food because she was never taught that.

So to summarize, the prey drive is an instinct. But an animal learns from it's mother what to eat.
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Old 01-10-2009, 05:14 PM
 
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Yes...my fat cat only attacks bagged food. He wont even kill bugs. He just looks at them with this "oh who are you" interested face and follows it and sits down by it. Especially since our one cat died. I don't think the spiders are interested though. Poor kitty.
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:30 PM
 
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Yes...my fat cat only attacks bagged food. He wont even kill bugs. He just looks at them with this "oh who are you" interested face and follows it and sits down by it. Especially since our one cat died. I don't think the spiders are interested though. Poor kitty.
My cat Einstein killed a mouse once. It was a very small mouse.
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Old 01-11-2009, 03:16 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I've been a member of several rat and pocket pet forums and there have been members w/ cats that have not only peacefully coexisted w/ small rodents, but some that have even become "friends" w/ them. I've seen videos of cats and rats grooming each other and rats sleeping on cats.

plus, a smart cat wouldn't dare mess around too much w/ a rat; I had a rat latch onto my roommate's cat's nose with her teeth when the cat got too close to the cage. the cat figured it out and never came w/in 3 feet of the cage again. I think rats are a bit too big for a cat to mess around with, not unless it wants to get hurt!

I've always heard that ragdolls are especially laidback and can be good around small pets (assuming their socialized I guess). I figured formerly feral cats of cats that spend a lot of time outside would have a naturally higher prey drive than the typical pet cat
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