Did you ever wonder why cats are always associated with mice? If you’re a cat owner, then you know that this is certainly fact and not fiction — but why is that? What’s the “craze” behind being obsessed with mice? Believe it or not, there’s actually a few logical reasons stating why they do, indeed, love to chase mice.
It’s in Their DNA
Being a close relative of the African wildcat, cats are natural born hunters. If you’re not familiar with the African wildcat, these creatures resemble small cheetahs/tigers and are known to hunt around the wilderness, scooping up rodents, reptiles, and other small creatures that may be in their sight. Since house cats are descendants of these wild animals, their natural instinct is also to pounce and hunt anything that falls under their prey category. Another reason cats like mice is that they’re taught by their parents at a very young age.
Just like you’re taught by your parents, at a very young age, survival skills, so are cats. On average, many cats are taught by their mother, since birth, the concept of hunting and what they should be on the hunt for. Ideally, this also explains why many cats happen to be quiet when they prance around the house. Their instinct is to practice their moves at all times of the day. It’s a really interesting concept, especially when you’re examining the behavior of your cat.
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