God's hunter. Scientists explain why not all cats can catch mice

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Hunter from God. Scientists told why not all cats can catch on mice

Scientists have found that the ability to catch mice and birds in pets is associated with certain traits.

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The behavior of domestic cats now and then becomes the object of study for scientists. In a new study, scientists focused on studying the hunting skills of domestic cats – why some are able to hunt mice and birds, while others prefer to play with a ball or sleep on the couch, writes the Daily Mail.

A team of researchers from the University of Exeter asked 162 cat owners to complete a 48-item questionnaire about their pets' temperaments. By studying the questionnaires, the scientists were able to measure the traits of the “feline five”, similar to the traits of the “big five” in human psychology. The “feline five” includes:

  • neuroticism;
  • extraversion;
  • dominance;
  • impulsiveness;
  • compliance.

Neuroticism meets such criteria as insecurity, shyness and suspicion; dominance – intimidation and aggressive behavior; impulsiveness – instability and recklessness; complaisance – tenderness and friendliness towards people; extraversion – curiosity, activity and ingenuity.

Hunter from God. Scientists told why not all cats can catch mice

 A hunter from God. Scientists told why not all cats can catch mice

During the study, scientists classified cats as hunters if they brought home at least one “catch” during the study. After analyzing questionnaires filled out by pet owners, the scientists concluded that cats that the owners described as extroverted or less neurotic were more likely to hunt.

Understanding the nature of their pet can help cat owners in many ways – at a minimum, you can use certain strategies if you do not want your pet to hunt mice or birds, while not harming the cat and not making her unhappy.

Scientists believe that cats are hunters, Apparently, they will not mind reproducing natural feline behavior at home, and therefore toys that imitate prey, as well as the use of puzzle feeders, are more suitable for them. The researchers believe that hiding the food and having to do some manipulation before getting the food will make the cat happy.