> On 14 Feb 2018, at 17:15, David Kastrup <d...@gnu.org> wrote:
> 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.

If you want them to hunt less, give them more food.

> 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.

Try to give them herring, cut in slices.

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

This is for house cats. It may be different for farmer cats.

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