Only domestic cats can do this: eat human food such as cooked chicken as a treat and then break off from eating it to catch a fly in mid-air and eat it immediately; then return to the cooked chicken, enjoying both equally. The domestic cat is directly between wild and fully domesticated and when they are fully domesticated will the only eat our food?
You could hardly have two disparate types of food. If you can call a fly food. What makes this more confusing is that I have bought my cat high grade raw food which is frozen and which is thawed out before use. I carefully sourced this cat food as a product which should automatically be more healthy for him. But he won’t eat it. I guess it doesn’t smell or taste interesting enough because it doesn’t contain the usual additives which cats find so attractive. Even when I mix it with other foods he refuses to be interested.
Also my cat has gone off one of his favourites, a high quality wet food. He prefers dry cat food if there is a choice. I find this disturbing but not surprising because the manufacturers of dry cat food make it almost addictive.
A cat likes a certain food not because he knows it is better for him but because it smells and tastes nicer.
I had a thought. Perhaps the domestic cat has evolved beyond the point where raw cat food is suitable. Could it be possible that raw cat food, the pinnacle of what should be desirable as cat food, is now unsuited to the domestic cat?
This is a reasonable supposition. The domestic cat is evolving. For example, the cat learns from us. They have learned how to communicate with us. They have become quite sociable when once they were solitary creatures.
My cat caught a bird. His first prey. He didn’t eat it, though. He just wanted to catch it and play with it.
Most domestic cats prefer human treats to regular cat food. We can’t give them it regularly because it would be an unbalanced, unhealthy diet for a cat. So why don’t we add a supplement to cooked chicken which makes it a balanced cat diet and call that cat food?
The photo is of Gabriel by me. He likes to go under things for a while.