Why Do Cats Bring Dead Animals Home?


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Owners of cats are familiar to the following situation: you open the door, and on the threshold you find a gift in the form of killed prey. It would seem, why kill an innocent animal, when the bowl is full of tasty and healthy food? Before you decide that your cat is just a cold-blooded, ruthless killer, try to understand the causes of such behavior.

The hunting instinct

At its core, cats are primarily hunters. According to a recent study, wild and freely walking cats are responsible for billions of dead birds and small animals, and it is only in the United States. This does not mean that they are inherently evil, they just perfectly adapted to a predatory lifestyle. Despite the fact that cats were first domesticated about 10 thousand years ago, they possess thin hunting instincts of their wild ancestors. Although many of cats do not always eat, and sometimes even do not kill their prey, catching a “food” is a necessity due to the evolution.

Parental instinct

Most often, this behavior occurs in females. This is a manifestation of parental instinct. The Wild mothers teach pups to eat, from early childhood by bringing dead animals and birds. Domestic cats also have this instinct. Today, domestic cats are often unable to produce offspring, and, accordingly, they have no one to transfer the accumulated experience of generations. That is why they choose their masters to deliver their prey. Cats understand that their owners are the ones they should take care of.

So before you scold your pet for not very pleasant gift, evaluate what was the cause of this behavior. Try to make your cat understand that you don’t need such gifts. Trained pets understand almost everything. Still if your cat wants to bring something for you, you should welcome it.


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