Why Do Cats Chase Mice?

Why Do Cats Chase Mice?

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Cats catch and kill mice. That has been a well-known fact for many years now. But what causes that reaction in cats to just chase mice? Why the animosity? During ancient Egyptian times, cats were most known for their valuable ability to catch and kill the mice that infested the grain bins in the village. As time passed, they became a valuable addition to every household because of their helpful hunting abilities and overall adorability. Cat instincts are sharp and vigilant. So even when she seems content batting a catnip infused mouse toy with her paw, she still craves the real thing.

Cats and mice

Cats, especially wild ones have no problem eating other types of rodents as well. Mice are just easier prey. They are relatively small which means that there is no chance that the mouse will win a standoff while being cornered. Catching a mouse just gives your cat a satisfaction that she wonโ€™t really get from anywhere else. Another factor that makes the mouse a desirable prey is the fact that unlike birds, they canโ€™t escape by flying away. Since ancient times, hunting has been somewhat of survival instinct for cats. They have to hunt in order to get food. They have to be vigilant and fight off bigger creatures for survival.

Why do cats just need to hunt?

There is more of a substance known as 'Taurine' in a catโ€™s body than in a dogโ€™s. Taurine is an amino acid that is one of the main building blocks of protein. In order to keep up their taurine content, they need to keep hunting. Only meat can provide a cat with enough taurine to keep going. A cat is an obligatory carnivore which means that they have to be a carnivore in order to survive.Cats are also born hunters. They start getting that hunting instinct when they are merely six to seven weeks old. Kittens usually learn how to hunt from their mothers who bring back live prey for them to practice on. Kittens who werenโ€™t trained by their mothers often fail to make a clean kill. Thatโ€™s why household cats sometimes bring back a live pet to their owners. To demonstrate that their hunting abilities are above average. We all know that cats can be a little needy at times, they seek appreciation from their humans.

Why do cats play with their prey?

All this is, is an overrated misconception. People think that cats cruelly torture their preys before going in for the kill. Although there is a lot of poking, scratching, and pouncing involve, from the catโ€™s point of view, it is just self-defense. Most animals have survival instincts that kick in when theyโ€™re cornered.Cats love chasing and hunting mice. It brings both them and you satisfaction. While sheโ€™s a valuable pet, she might also be the reason behind why you donโ€™t have a mouse problem.

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