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Thread #38653   Message #545043
Posted By: CarolC
08-Sep-01 - 04:32 AM
Thread Name: BS: Cat's hunting habits
Subject: RE: BS: Cat's hunting habits
Nice link, Clinton.

When I was a zookeeper (many years ago), I was responsible for a couple of dozen or so species of smaller mammals, including bobcats and ocelots.

That job convinced me that keeping wild animals in captivity is a terrible thing to do to the captive animals. Captive wild animals exhibit a lot of depressed and neurotic behavior.

One of the things I did to help alleviate some of these behaviors was to toss some live rats into the cat enclosures a couple of times a week for them to catch and kill. I hated to be a part of the killing of the rats, but the long term suffering I saw in the cats was worse. Those cats lived for the days when they got live food. days.