Do cats eat frogs?

Cats are natural hunters of small animals. Modern day cats’ ancestors have survived by hunting rodents, vermin, birds and insects. Cats were domesticated…cats no longer need to hunt for food but the instinct to hunt was retained. Cats appear to enjoy catching anything that moves. Cats are opportunistic hunters. Rodent population is controlled in most households thus the resident cat would look for other kinds of prey. Birds would be the most common choice, followed by lizards and snakes (if snakes can be found). Cats would hunt frogs too. But will the cat eat the frogs? Cats are carnivores thus there is a possibility that the frog will be eaten. In most cases though the cat will only play with the frog until it is killed.

Because of hunger, stray cats would eat anything they can find. These homeless animals would scavenge food from trash bins. Stray cats would also hunt. Rodents, vermin, birds, snakes, lizards and frogs would assuage the hunger pangs of these poor animals. Domestic cats are pampered and cherished animals. Loving cat parents would ensure that the pet never go hungry. Companion cats are provided with enough highly nutritious foods. This is why pet owners are perplexed at the pet’s inclination to hunt and to bring the dead prey home. Apparently domestication has not removed the cat’s instinct to hunt. Hungry or not, a cat will hunt whenever there is an opportunity to do so. This hunting skill is what endeared cats to humans thousands of years ago.

Cats are obligate carnivores. The basic nutritional requirements of these animals are obtained mainly from eating meat. Cat would therefore go at anything that moves. Rodent population is generally controlled in today’s households. Cats would turn their attention to small animals that can be found in the yard. Birds, lizards and insects will be hunted. Frogs are commonly found in warm and moist outdoor environment. If there is a garden pond, the cat’s hunting prowess will be honed as frogs will be plentiful. Fast moving small animals are very appealing to cats. The feline friend would be mesmerized by the way frog moves. The frog will then be hunted. More than the need to eat the frog, cats would hunt because of the thrill of the chase. A cat can easily pounce and kill the frog but it is not unusual for a cat to intently stare at the frog and move only when the frog tries to get away.

After the kill, most cats would leave the frog. Well fed domestic cats will lose interest in the frog when the chase is over. Stray cats and feral cats may eat the frog but most domestic cats would not eat the frog. Commonly, the dead frog will be presented to the owners. Instead of being exasperated with the behavior of the cat, the owner should be thankful of the gift. Some frogs are poisonous and ingestion can make the pet vomit and be lethargic. Disposing the dead frog would be much better than taking the poisoned pet to the vet’s.

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