My cat Gabriel is a fast and surgically efficient eater of prey.
I watched him do it. He brought in another mouse. He must have found a nest of them and virtually wiped them out of existence. This time he brought the mouse into the living room. It was dead. He immediately ate it. He started at the top. He decapitated the mouse within 5 seconds and ate the head. There was the usual gross sound of crushing bones.
He then proceeded to eat all the remainder except for the guts which you can see in the photo. With great skill he always leaves the guts. The whole process took approximately 60 seconds. It took me about a minute to clear up because the area was pretty clean. He does not leave behind much of a mess. Surgical precision comes to mind.
Some “experts” say cat owners should not feed their cats chicken with bones but it seems natural that a cat eats bones. It is certainly natural for my Gabriel. Although the bones of a mouse are much small and digestible than those of a chicken.
The reason why I have written this short note is because it surprised me how fast he eats a mouse. I suppose this is partly down to survival instinct. If he was in the wild he’d eat fast to avoid his prey being stolen. That sounds as correct to me. Or perhaps it is just a normal speed for a domestic cat.
In one way I feel bad to see this but it is natural. We can’t feel bad about nature taking its course. We should only feel bad about deviant unnatural behaviour; something that humans are sadly experts at. No, I don’t dislike humans. I am just making a point. A mouse is the perfect raw cat food except that a cat can get worms!