Food makes me temperate: a cat’s predation can be curbed


Do chicks and small mammals caught by a cat on their spring trips pity? If you want to let your domestic cat out as temperate as possible, you should feed it meaty food. Yacht clips and a color collar are also helpful. This is guided by British researchers who have tested different methods.

The study was conducted in the South West of England and involved more than 200 households with a total of more than 350 cats. The aim was to identify ways that would reduce hunting but that would allow the cat to follow its natural habits and would also be pleasing to cat owners.

Success was measured by the amount of bird and mammal catches carried by cats home.

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Providing meaty, grain-free cat food proved to be the most effective curb for hunting. The cats that ate it brought out about a third fewer mammal carcasses and nearly half as few bird bodies as before.

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Perhaps cats ’hunting enthusiasm speaks to their need to balance their diet by increasing the amount of some nutrients, the researchers reflect in Current Biology.

The play protects mammals, collar birds

About a third of the mammalian catch was also reduced by daily play for 5 to 10 minutes, in which the cat was first allowed to chase the feather toy at the end of the stick and line and then to mow the toy mouse.

However, this had no effect on bird catches. The number of bird carcasses was cut by a multi-colored collar equal to the meat dish, which was attached to the cat’s collar. This, in turn, did not affect mammalian prey.

The tight part of the cat’s collar proved ineffective. In this study, Kulkunen did not reduce the capture of birds or mammals.

In previous studies, tiuu has yielded conflicting results, so perhaps it works in some environments.

To the disappointment of the researchers, hunting could not be replaced by an activation toy either: a hollow ball in which the cat is gradually shaken out with packed dry food. Myrrh caught birds as before and mammals even more.


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