The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #24300   Message #3828718
Posted By: keberoxu
25-Dec-16 - 08:08 PM
Thread Name: How many Mudcats have cats!?
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
The predator thing can be inconsistently presented when a cat is highly domesticated and human-friendly.

I have rarely encountered a kitten or cat that would not make a game of pouncing on something, ANYthing, that moved in an arresting visual fashion. That does not mean that said cat will know how to dispatch one of its fellow warm-blooded beasties. Cats stalk instinctively as well, I believe.

But hunting and dispatching prey requires skill as well as instinct. Skill has to be acquired through a learning process. A lot of times, for a cat, that means there is another cat present who is already a good mouser/ratter, and can demonstrate to the learning cat how the thing is carried through.

I grew up where there were barns; and where there were barns, there were barn cats. Feral often as not, or semi-feral. Their lives depended at least partly on their hunting, so they got on with it, and did not like humans wanting to get hands-on friendly with them.

After all, being a lap-cat is something else that has to be demonstrated, practiced, and learned...although it seems like it looks a lot easier than being Nimrod The Mighty Hunter.