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  1. A more recent concensus on the reasons for chattering is that the chatter is an expression of frustration. Cats will do this at any time their objective is frustrated.

    Think of it as “please stop” or “please continue” when the cat chatters during petting. Think of it as “This glass is inbetween me and that bird”

  2. I believe this explanation as my neighbor’s cat killed a baby bird this way. I heard him meowing in a weird way one day right outside my door and I thought he was in trouble so I went to check on him. We have coyotes in the area and I am quite fond of him so I was worried as his owner allows him to free roam during the day. I opened my door and there was a dead baby bird right by my step with blood coming from his neck and Ziggy the cat yowling over it. So the severing theory makes sense to me as gruesome as it is. It was upsetting but I understood he thought he was bringing me a gift and wanted me to be proud of his hunting abilities or he thinks I am a big, stupid cat that cannot hunt and needs food. I am not sure which. LOL. I feel very sorry for the baby bird and it’s mom. Another time I saw Ziggy propel himself into the air from a low brick divider wall by our house to try to catch a bird taking off but luckily he missed that time and I did not get a “gift”.

    • Thanks Michele for your story. Desmond Morris is perhaps the best zoologist on cat behavior. He is very plausible. The brutality of domestic cat hunting is stark sometimes. The cute kitty becomes the ruthless killer. It is a bit distressing. I wonder if the cat-human relationship would be better is cats weren’t top class predators.

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