Do cats eat hamsters?

Cats are rodent hunters…hamsters are rodents. What do you think will happen if the resident cat sees a hamster scurrying in the room? The hamster will be chased not because it is encroaching on the cat’s territory but because the hamster will be viewed by the cat as prey. Thug, thug, thug goes the poor hamster’s heart while the smirking cat is practically tasting the luscious flesh of the small animal. The poor hamster will be tormented by the cat…and once caught will be eaten!

The innate hunting instinct is actually the key that allowed cats to have access to homes and to the hearts of humans. Humans are pestered by rodents. The relationship with humans started when cats controlled rodent population. These animals that fend for themselves in the wild by hunting small animals have become cherished pets. Companion cats are provided not only with premium cat foods to ensure its optimum health but also with other things that will make their life comfortable. Does this mean that the cat will no longer stalk a mouse it sees lurking in the corner? No sir! The domestic cat that was trained to be the gentlest pet ever would still hunt because chasing prey is an innate behavior.

No one can argue about the cuteness of hamsters. These pocket-sized animals are gaining popularity as they are low cost and low maintenance pets. Hamsters have excellent sense of smell but they have rather poor eyesight. Hamsters make great pets for children as these animals are easy to care for. Feeding and changing the water would teach kids to be responsible.

Animals have become important parts of people’s lives. It is not uncommon for families to have several species of pets. Aside from the dogs and the cats, birds, turtles, hamsters and other animals will form a family’s menagerie. Dogs and cats have co-existed harmoniously in one household. However, many pet owners deem it wise not to get smaller animals as pets because of the dog’s and the cat’s innate inclination to hunt. Would it be a good idea to get a cat when the family already has hamster pets? Or is it possible to train the resident cat not to torment the hamster? Although companion cats no longer need to hunt, the hunting instinct remained. In the wild, these predators would kill and eat the prey. After domestication, a well fed cat would hunt for the pleasure of chasing and killing the prey. Most cats would not eat the prey it has caught and killed.

Hunting rodents is what cats are famous for. Hamsters are rodents thus it is expected that these two pets should not be left to roam inside the house freely. Children that love to hold and pet the hamster must be cautioned to be careful not to play with the pet if the cat is around. A hamster that noticed the presence of the cat will instinctively vault as the cat will be seen as a dangerous predator. A scurrying small animal would be too much for the cat to resist given the fact that cats are predators. The cat’s high prey drive will be switched on. The chasing often ends up with the hamster in the mouth of the cat. It’s really a pity as both animals make wonderful pets.

Cats cannot be stopped from hunting (and eating) a hamster because of the animals innate hunting instinct. However, there are ways by which the cat can be prevented from terrorizing the wee hamster. One is to keep the hamster in a safe and secure cage. If the hamster is allowed to play outside its cage, it is imperative that the cat must not be allowed inside the room.

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