The ‘defend prey instinct’ is always present in domestic cats no matter their age. Have you experienced this sort of behavior? I have with my current cat. When he comes in with a mouse and I try and save the mouse’s life he growls at me and scampers off. He thinks I am trying to take his prey to eat. He thinks I am a competing cat in a pride.
You know how lions can squabble over their prey. Well it’s the same between me and my cat only he doesn’t realise that I have no intention of eating his mouse. I just want to save its life.
NO It's MINE !! MY Purrecious! 😂❤
Posted by Joji Thomas on Sunday, January 6, 2019
My cat will carry his prey upstairs and hide to protect it from me. In his world we are like two cats living together. I provide food but I will take his prey and he doesn’t like that.
I sometimes think that in general the domestic cat is confused about his place in the human to cat relationship (I am not saying that this kitten is demonstrating confused behavior but commenting generally on the human/cat relationship). The domestic cat is a junior partner but when a female cat brings in a mouse and dumps it on the kitchen floor she is trying to teach her human how to hunt. Her instincts operating in the human environment create some odd behaviors. On the one hand she is totally dependent on her human caretaker and plays the role of a kitten and then suddenly she is mom hunting for prey and training her cubs (humans).
Sometimes I query the whole concept of cat domestication. I am not sure the domestic cat fits in that well with the human lifestyle. We take it for granted that all is okay but I am not sure that it is.