Cats are predatory carnivores. This means that for cats, hunting is a basic instinct. This is despite the fact that you feed her good diet, her 10 000 year old pre-domesticated natural instinct will kick in.
Remember, hundreds of years ago when cats were first domesticated, it was for the sole purpose of keeping grain free of mice and rats and their diseases. This has never left their systems, and even though humans may deem these acts as cruel, they are perfectly natural.
Cats will tire their prey out by chasing after it and playing with it. This way they can kill their pray with minimal harm to themselves.
Cats find the chase exciting, so when you give them a toy mouse or a feather to play with, it’s hardly surprising that she will pounce on it with gusto. The way cats play with toys simulates how they will behave with the real thing in nature. Batting a rubber mouse around simulates how mice scurry along, especially when being pursued. This stimulates her drive to stalk and hunt, and keeps her skills sharp. Playing with your cat in this way not only keeps her strong and healthy, it also strengthens the bond between the two of you.
There are a couple of theories about why your cat will bring you the bird’s innards, or the mouse’s head. One of the theories is that she sees you as the alpha cat, so she is paying respect to you by bringing you a “gift”. She may even meow to get your approval, so bear this in mind when this happens again and restrain your innate desire to run for the bathroom.
Another theory is that she reckons you’re not much of a hunter, so she will start by bringing you dead prey in an effort to teach you how to hunt. If you’re really lucky, you will be given a semi-alive animal so that you can learn to kill your own prey. If you set the bird free, she is really going to look at you as a pathetic hunter. Personally, we think it’s okay to set the bird free!
The best thing to do is restrain yourself, appear somewhat thankful, and dispose of the poor creature when she’s not looking.
If you have a mouse in the house and don’t want the cat to hunt it, try to avoid using poison as the cat may eventually catch the mouse and ingest it, and this can be extremely toxic to your cat.
If you want to discourage your cat from hunting, the best thing would be to provide her with a variety of toys to satisfy her need to hunt.
– Article posted by Phillipa Mitchell