I can’t be the only one to have noticed this.
Cats are really super cute and cuddly animals, but are not completely fooled by their friendly appearance.
Cats can be turned into unforgivable hunting machines and hunt rodents until they catch and can kill them.
Sometimes you will see your cat play with its prey before giving the lethal bite. There are a couple of different theories as to why cats enjoy torturing their prey.
1. They have never learned to kill
Cats learn hunting techniques such as fitting and attacking from lively playtime with their siblings. What they do not learn is how to put in the deadly blow.
In the wild, the mother can take a mouse or other prey back to the cubs and show them how she bites the prey to death. In a modern household, however, this happens very rarely, so it is possible that domestic cats actually never learn how to kill a prey.
2. They do not have to kill
Domestic cats rarely hunt for food. Their natural instinct to hunt is still there, but they prefer hunting rather than catching their prey.
They can therefore see the killing itself as the end of a game they want to continue playing.
By letting go, throwing around and then catching the prey again, they maximize the entertainment they get out of the hunt.
3. Risk of injury
To bite its prey to death, the cat must damage the spine by biting hard on the neck of its prey. To be able to do that, he must quickly release the prey to get in the right position.
When they do, they risk being bitten or punched in the face themselves, which can damage their eyes or create a wound that can become infected.
Rather than risking their own health, it is possible that the cat chooses to tire out and make the prey tired by playing with it.
All in all, hunting is a natural instinct for cats, and if you do not think you will be able to see parts of mice around your house or garden, you may want to consider getting an indoor cat.