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Thread #38653   Message #544441
Posted By: The_one_and_only_Dai
07-Sep-01 - 10:13 AM
Thread Name: BS: Cat's hunting habits
Subject: RE: BS: Cat's hunting habits
Coincidentally I saw a repeat of the excellent documentary 'predators' on BBC2 last night, on the subject of learned/taught predatory skills (as opposed to innate ones like what you get in cuttlefish). One of the examples shown was your domestic cat, with much footage of kittens playing with (and losing) voles and other crunchy squeaks.

The thrust of the argument was that they (juvenile cats) don't need tuition in how to catch or kill things so much as in the unique characteristics of prey animals - smell, evasion strategies, speed, jolt and jerk, etc.

Having seen this behaviour myself, I must say the evidence is compelling...