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Cat Raking “Prey” with Back Feet is Play. True or False? — 3 Comments

  1. “Cats don’t usually, or hardly ever, rake genuine prey (living prey) with their hind claws before the kill.”

    Tell that to the thousands of animals that were gutted-alive and skinned-alive by stray cats on my lands. My driveways and woods used to be lined with the senseless writhing carnage from cat-attacks on a daily basis. Animals whose screeching drew me to them to help them. Only finding them beyond help, with their skins pulled up over their heads so the cat’s play-toy couldn’t even fight back, as a stray cat ran off its “play toy”. Then my having to stomp those poor suffering animals to death with my own foot to hush their agony and suffering.

    Have you ever felt and heard the sound of a small animal’s skull pop beneath your own foot to stop its suffering? Would you even begin to understand the strength-of-heart that you must muster in order to do that for a suffering animal?

    You need to experience that, every day for 2 decades, just like I had to do. Maybe then you’ll “get it”. ALL of you most certainly deserve it, that’s for certain.

  2. I agree that, when we see the back claw rake, on a stuffed toy it is mostly play. But I, also, believe that this may be a practice in self-defense. In a cat fight, you may see some rolling on the ground. It appears that each wants to be on their side or back to have the advantage of using all fours.

    • I’ve always understood that when they rabbit-kick toys, that they’re practising fighting/defensive skills.

      I agree with Dee. In serious cat fights it’s more advantageous for them to be on their backs so that they have all four sets of claws and teeth at the ready. Often, they will end up lying on their sides, facing their opponent whilst attempting to rabbit-kick them in the belly. The belly flesh is very soft and vulnerable to serious injury. This might also explain why many cats are instinctively protective of their bellies.

      Merlin and Sophie enjoyed play fighting and she would always try to lay behind him so that should could rabbit-kick him in the back of the head!

      I would imagine using the rear claws as weapons could come in handy if they are attacked by a larger animal and may just buy them valuable seconds in which to make an escape.

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