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Why do some cats eat the bugs they kill?

Nothing's more "fun" than to hear your kitty crunching on some icky bug that it just caught and killed. Why do they have to eat the damn thing, then walk around with a leg or two hanging from their mouth? I might love cats, but even I draw the line at kissing a cute feline nose with spider legs caught on the whiskers.


VotesAnswer
16Cats will be cats, they're so cute!
13I have absolutely no idea.
12Other.
5How should I know, I'm a dog person?
4I don't give a rat's ass. (Opps, wrong pet!)
3I have a pet and I still don't care.
0I kill all pets on sight.


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cabinfever
posted 21-Nov-2005 12:51am  
For the PROTEIN!!
My cat will hunt down rodents, and eat the whole damn thing, not just parts like other cats I know. I've watched him, he eats them like a snake except he chews. He starts at the head, and just works on them like a piece of jerky... ten minutes later, there is not even one hair of that vermin left. And no, he does not lick us.
darkshadowsseeker
posted 21-Nov-2005 12:52am  
I don't know as I've never had a cat that did this, but they have all been mostly indoor cats. Cats can be incredibly weird at times.
patarnone
posted 21-Nov-2005 12:56am  
Because they're nasty little beasties and I taught them to always eat their kill so I wouldn't have to clean up any dead, mutilated, bodies.

And because they will do it anyway.
Amanda
posted 21-Nov-2005 1:13am  
I'm more of a dog person, but I've had cats before. All animals do stuff like that. I don't know why, though.
jduPres
posted 21-Nov-2005 1:13am  
I really couldn't say. I'm rarely around cats because I'm allergic to them.
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Gold Star Survey Creator
posted 21-Nov-2005 6:44am  
protein. Actually, my cat will only eat a bug if it's still alive. They die in his throat/stomach.
justjulie
posted 21-Nov-2005 9:44am  
the best is when they leave you presents...

and why oh why is it that they always start eating the head first?
romkey Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 21-Nov-2005 10:10am  
It's a simple genetic imperative. They're animals, not babies.

So what you're saying is, you're okay with kising a cat's nose after it's shoved it up its own ass or some other cat's ass, but not after it's eaten a bug?  * wink *
romkey Survey Central Gold Subscriber
(reply to bill) posted 21-Nov-2005 10:11am  
Your cat likes its meat fresh.
romkey Survey Central Gold Subscriber
(reply to patarnone) posted 21-Nov-2005 10:12am  
The question really didn't sound like you, but your answer did!  * wink *
paulyw Survey Central Subscriber Gold Star Survey Creator Gold Qualifier
posted 21-Nov-2005 10:18am  
Well most cats catch bugs, it is their nature.
cloudhugger Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 21-Nov-2005 11:29am  
Because they can?
southernyankee
posted 21-Nov-2005 12:13pm  
Probabbly cause thats how they survive in the wild, eating whatever they kill. Unless people find that to be highly offensive (as opposed to cute), that instinct is not going anywhere.
cerealkiller Survey Qualifier
posted 21-Nov-2005 12:17pm  
Protein and other nutrients.
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Gold Star Survey Creator
(reply to romkey) posted 21-Nov-2005 12:28pm  
Well, bugs fresh, other kinds of meat he seems less picky about. I think he only eats cluster flies and no other bugs. ...which is fine with me.
patarnone
(reply to romkey) posted 21-Nov-2005 12:52pm  
> The question really didn't sound like you, but
> your answer did!  * wink *

I aim to please... after I confuse!
mve17
posted 21-Nov-2005 2:04pm  
Cat's are just strange and disgusting animals.. give me a pig anyday
CGTREE
posted 21-Nov-2005 2:21pm  
Well obviously the cat is eating it because it considers it food. Theres good protein in them bugs you know!
teatree
posted 21-Nov-2005 3:54pm  
I don't have any clue, but I used to own a Blue Point Siamese named Mischief (she certainly lived up to her name). I was living in an apartment where the bedroom and tiny living room had cement floors with no carpet except for the throw rugs I put down, so there was always kind of a damp feeling to the place. I used to have problems with these black beetles, I was always finding them in the living room and bedroom and I think the dampness was what attracted them. Anyway, to make a long story short, Mischief loved to eat them. Her favorite thing to do was to catch one and then get up on the bed right next to my pillow and start crunching away on the beetle as though it was a handful of potato chips. Ugh!  * dead face * Beetle breath!
cloudhugger Survey Central Gold Subscriber
(reply to mve17) posted 21-Nov-2005 7:21pm  
 * grin *  * laughing out loud * , I love it!
Pomeranian
posted 21-Nov-2005 8:51pm  
Have you tried asking it why?
cabinfever
(reply to Amanda) posted 22-Nov-2005 12:10am  
You're a dog person, so maybe you can answer this: Why do dogs eat cat turds? I have seen it many times, and I just can't understand or get over it!!  * dead face *
patarnone
(reply to teatree) posted 22-Nov-2005 2:24am  
teatree, what a wonderful story. I had a blue point myself named Priscilla Christine! Luckily, our apartment didn't have beetles, just the occasional fly!

I miss having cats.
patarnone
(reply to cabinfever) posted 22-Nov-2005 2:27am  
> You're a dog person, so maybe you can answer this:
> Why do dogs eat cat turds? I have seen it many
> times, and I just can't understand or get over
> it!!  * dead face *

Gross, isn't it. There's even a name for it, some official one besides "you fudging turd eater, cat crap breath, ass hole puppy dog!"

I love you, too, and don't you dare lick my face.
cloudhugger Survey Central Gold Subscriber
(reply to cabinfever) posted 22-Nov-2005 10:36am  
The truth is because cats do not fully digest their food like other critters do, so it is like a half baked meal to them.
Amanda
(reply to cabinfever) posted 22-Nov-2005 12:59pm  
I've got no clue. I've never seen a dog do this.
cabinfever
(reply to patarnone) posted 22-Nov-2005 9:29pm  
OMG!! ROFLMAO!!!
Zang
posted 23-Nov-2005 8:44am  
Why wouldn't they? That's what carnivorous animals do! They kill things and then eat them. What's unusual is that they eat mushy brown crap from a can.

BTW, pretty lame range of options...
teatree
(reply to patarnone) posted 23-Nov-2005 12:59pm  
Thanks! Is it because you're away from home so much that you no longer have any cats, or is it for another reason?
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 23-Nov-2005 1:47pm  
Out of thoughtfulness, so I don't have to scrape bug innards off the floor? Oh wait, we're talking about cats, aren't we? I assume they must think the bugs are yummy. Or perhaps it's a not-so-subtle commentary on the quality of the cat food I give them.
patarnone
(reply to teatree) posted 23-Nov-2005 2:13pm  
> Thanks! Is it because you're away from home so
> much that you no longer have any cats, or is it
> for another reason?

Pets aren't allowed where we rent.

The landlord "grandfathered in" my "one hamster" and he'd probably crap if he knew I really have two rats!
teatree
(reply to patarnone) posted 23-Nov-2005 3:24pm  
Ah....I see. I'm allowed cats, but no dogs are allowed in the building. I guess my landlord is a 'cat person'.
autumnlight
posted 23-Nov-2005 4:04pm  
My cat never does this. She does like bringing in dead mice and birds and leaving them as presents on the stairs though.
BrightBlue
posted 23-Nov-2005 8:14pm  
Protein. MMM, bugs! My cat used to eat these monster grasshoppers that were around my house. Those sure did crunch.
docgbrown
posted 24-Nov-2005 5:23am  
I yet to observe my current cat eat anything not out of a can.
Enigma
posted 25-Nov-2005 12:44am  
Next time I see a cat I'll ask it.  * wink *
Kristal_Rose
posted 26-Nov-2005 7:24am  
My cats just play with the things. I lived in an old barn while travelling some years back, and i think those cats ate bugs because they were hungry, and the rice and nettle stew I could offer weren't filling their nutritional needs or keeping their skills honed for the day I'd leave.
FauxLo Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 26-Nov-2005 2:34pm  
I still can't figure out why some folks pick their noses and eat their boogers, okay?
ROCKMAN
posted 27-Nov-2005 9:51am  
I'm a dog person, but I think cats will be cats. They like to catch things that move. Why they eat it is maybe you aren't feeding it enough.
kitti723
posted 30-Nov-2005 8:15am  
they are hunters by nature
Tink85
posted 1-Dec-2005 2:18am  
i dont know. My cats do this too. I guess for protein. MMM protein; MMM spider leg; MMM fat fly.
chunkylova
posted 8-Dec-2005 8:41pm  
ewwwww I didnt know they did that....GROSS!! lol
cabinfever
(reply to BrightBlue) posted 14-Dec-2005 1:33am  
When I was a kid, I had a cat that would jump after grasshoppers to catch and eat them, what a sight! My sister and I would catch them and hold them up to our cat, and he would bite their heads off and then take the rest away to eat somewhere. I love cats!
cabinfever
(reply to autumnlight) posted 14-Dec-2005 1:37am  
At least they are dead! My mom has a beautiful neutered Maine Coon Cat that will bring in mice, quail, gophers, voles, anything that moves, and half the time, it's still alive! He'll set it loose in the house. The mice he'll take to my mom's female kitten, drop it in front of her, and let her play with it while he lays down to watch. When he eats them, he doesn't eat the head or entrails, and somehow manages to leave them attached. Not fun to step on a mess like that in the middle of the night.
Kristal_Rose
(reply to cabinfever) posted 14-Dec-2005 4:30am  
One of my cats used to have to fight off racoons from their food bowls. He had a tough life, but he was definitely the smartest cat I've ever had. The cat toy environment doesn't seem to stimulate the cat mind immensely.

My cats use my meditation sanctuary bath tub as their slaughter temple arena. At least it's easier to clean that way.
autumnlight
(reply to cabinfever) posted 14-Dec-2005 5:29pm  
Ewwww! I would be petrified if she brought ina live mouse or something!
cabinfever
(reply to autumnlight) posted 14-Dec-2005 6:49pm  
Once he brought in a vole (small gopher-like rodent) and then immediately went out and brought in a quail. They were both still alive. Mom had a time tracking down and catching them both and getting them out before they pooped on something. Another time when I was housesitting for her, my daughter and I were watching TV when I heard a commotion at the back door where the kitty door is. Suddenly a quail burst into the living room, spraying feathers everywhere, scaring the poop out of my poor little girl. Luckily it was easy to catch and put back outside.
cabinfever
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 14-Dec-2005 6:53pm  
Depends on what you mean by stimulate. My mom's cats like to play with toys. Especially if they are the catnip-filled ones.
My cat doesn't play with us; he doesn't chase string or anything, but he will pounce on leaves and play with his shadow. I don't think he had much human interaction as a kitten. He was dumped at our house. But up here growing wild is something my landlady called 'horsemint', and it must be related to catnip, because it really looks similar, and when I pull it up and throw it on the deck and stomp on it a little, our cat will come and sniff it and roll in it. You don't go near him at that time, because suddenly he will attack anything that moves, like his perception of everything is altered. It's funny to watch.
Kristal_Rose
(reply to cabinfever) posted 15-Dec-2005 6:08am  
Where all I took him, he had to learn to think, almost talk, if you want to get eerie.
Merry christmints to your cats.
autumnlight
(reply to cabinfever) posted 15-Dec-2005 6:57am  
Lol, there's never a dull moment when you've got a cat! Everytime I heard a noise in the house I would be paranoid that she had brought something else in! At least he keeps you on your toes!
RGirl
posted 19-Jan-2006 4:58pm  
It tastes good & maybe they are hungry.
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posted 27-Apr-2014 4:46pm  
We used to feed lacewings to our pet rats - they loved eating them.
JessicaWoman99 Triple Gold Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 20-May-2014 3:06pm  
Cats love doing this I suppose it grosses me out yuck
LJD Gold Qualifier
posted 14-Jun-2014 3:30pm  
I know nothing about cats. Our neighbors have them, and I feed them when my neighbor is out of town, but their habits, I haven't a clue..
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