Do cats eat bunnies?

Cats are predators. Cats have high prey drives. These solitary nocturnal hunters are endowed with razor sharp teeth and claws, with excellent night vision and with extraordinary hunting skills. In the wild, cats have survived by hunting and eating the prey. In the eyes of cats, a bunny is a prey. In the wild, cats would hunt and eat bunnies. Due to the excellent hunting abilities, cats were domesticated. Cats are now considered as the most popular pets. Cats have become pampered animals…provided not only with enough nutritious foods but with all imaginable comforts. Does this mean that cat would no longer chase small animals? Does this mean that cats would no longer eat their prey? Domestication and good life have not erased the cats’ instinct to hunt. The sight of a scurrying bunny will turn on the cat’s high prey drive. The bunny will be chased and when killed, this prey will be eaten.

Bunnies are one of the small animals considered by cats as prey. Feral cats would take every opportunity they can get to hunt and to eat bunnies. The kits or the young bunnies will never be safe from the claws of cats. Cats in the wild as well as feral and stray cats survive by eating prey. Cats are obligate carnivores. Unlike other wild animals that would eat anything to survive, cats would mainly subsist on the meat of prey. After domestication, cats have stopped being working animals. Cats have become well loved pets. Being cherished companions have changed the attitudes of these animals. Cats would still hunt the occasional mice, would still stalk birds and swipe bugs with their paws. Domestic cats though are less inclined to eating the prey. Can it be due to the fact that companion cats never go hungry? Cats would hunt for the pleasure of the chase. Most cats would not eat the prey. It is common for a pet cat to bring the dead prey to the owner.

As mentioned, in the eyes of cats, rabbits are prey. And yet both animals can exist harmoniously in one household. In spite of the predator-prey context, a cat and a rabbit in one household can become friends. This is especially true if the rabbit is rather big and would not be intimidated by the cat. Rabbit owners assert that these animals tend to be bossy while the cat, being a solitary animal would go along with the rabbit that has the inclination to throw her weight around.

On the other hand, the cat’s hunting instinct remains. The frisky rabbit would entice the cat to play but cats only know one kind of game…hunting. A running rabbit will trigger the cat’s hunting instinct. The cat would chase…and kill the bunny. Pet parents should always ensure that the rabbit has a hiding place inside its cage that cannot be accessed by the cat. The pet cat may not see the mature rabbit as a tasty meal but it would be a totally different matter if the cat managed to lay its paws on the bunny’s litter. A few day old kits would be blind, hairless and may be very tempting to cats. It is highly possible for the cat to eat the baby bunnies.

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