Four reasons why your cat likes to kill

There are several hypothetical reasons (or a combination thereof) why your pet cat has a penchant for catching shrews and small furry things – even though it might not kill it:

1. For sport: as for some humans, the thrill of the kill may be enough. Yes, that’s right, if your feline thrill-seeker had thumbs, they would mount their prey on the walls.Cats with lobster by Boston Public Library, on Flickr

2. To please you: a way to earn their keep even if you couldn’t care less about the shrew to begin with. Your cat knows that one shrew covers this month’s rent.

3. Education: especially if they bring it back alive. They may be trying to teach you the way a real predator hunts, none of that insecure macho-gun stuff.

4. Their first time: Cats learn a lot about particular prey as they mature. This may have been the first time your cat has tried to kill a shrew and was unaware of the unpleasant surprise. Shrews obviously don’t taste as good as they look.

Answer by Artem Cheprasov (Animal Guru).

Kat Dean asked “If cats won’t eat shrews because they taste nasty, why do they kill them in the first place?” via Facebook.

Article by Artem Cheprasov

July 8, 2013

Dr. Artem Cheprasov was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He then moved to the U.S. when he was a little boy. So no, he is not a spy. Or is he? He finished his studies in veterinary medicine at the top 10% of his class, conducted research, and discovered a cool mathematics algorithm; but we cannot confirm this as both Washington and Moscow have refused to comment on this matter either because he really is a spy or more likely because they have no idea who he even is.

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