Hans Åberg <haber...@telia.com> writes:

>> On 14 Feb 2018, at 15:23, Karlin High <karlinh...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> http://www.laweekly.com/news/instead-of-being-put-down-these-feral-cats-are-being-put-to-work-8963106
>> <quote>
>> Cats are a natural rodent deterrent, even if they're not actively
>> hunting. Mice can smell urinary proteins secreted by cats, snakes
>> and other predators. According to a 2010 study at the Scripps
>> Research Institute, mice don't recognize predators because of
>> experiences with them but because they have evolved to do so. The
>> mere scent of the urinary proteins found in cats triggers a fear
>> response in mice.
>> "It's not like they're even going after the rodents," Sathe says of
>> the cats. "They're kind of like a sonic force."
>> <end quote>
> They don't hunt much if properly fed, just some for sport.

There is no such thing as a "properly fed" cat.  Not if you ask the cat.
There is also quite a difference in approach: the male cat really starts
getting more enthusiastic once its prey is dead and playing football
with the corpse for hours until eating it is no longer a viable option.
The female one plays until its prey is dead, then gulfs it down.  All of
it.  Except possibly the stomach.  Ugh.

So one can't really generalize regarding the sports approach.

David Kastrup

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