Reasons Why Some Cats Eat Mice



Cats devour their prey so they can get an essential amino acid called taurine. Unlike other animals, the taurine that cats produce is not sufficient, and that is why they need to take it in their diet. Meat has the right amount of taurine to meet the needs of a cat’s body, making them a so-called “obligate carnivore”. The cat foods available in the market contain taurine.

Though domestic cats behave in a similar manner, human protection has encouraged them and managed the ability to hunt during the day and at night. In general, cats are born to hunt. As early as 6 weeks old, kittens already pounce on their food. Hunting is a cat’s natural survival instinct. Cats usually hunt with caution, slowly approaching their prey by crawling on their bellies towards them before they pounce.

Domestic cats that stay indoors hunt less than those that live outdoors since there are no mice to catch. In the wild, the mothers of feral kittens teach them how to kill their prey. Domestic cats seldom develop this skill. For this reason, they are seen playing with what they catch or bringing a mouse to their owner like an “offering” since most of them do not know how to kill one.