Mews and Nips: Domestic Cats are Better Hunters than Tigers


Those of us who shares our lives with cats don’t doubt that our cats are fierce hunters, even if they only exercise their natural hunting instinct by pouncing on their toys. The Daily Mail reports that a recent study by the Royal Veterinary College in London, England, showed that domestic cats crouch and hunt exactly like their wild cousins. The researchers followed  100 cats fitted with GPS collars. They found that domestic cats may be more powerful hunters since their increased flexibility makes them better athletes in some ways. For more on the study, and some wonderful photos and video, visit

If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we examined the options among the best diets for cats, on Tuesday, we launched our biggest and best Holiday Gift Guide ever, on Wednesday, we introduced you to the Assisi Loop, the device that helped Lil BUB regain her mobility, on Friday, we reviewed a wonderful new memoir, The Story of Fester Cat, and also let you know about the premiere of the movie The Nine Lives of Christmas. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a Pawful of Toys from!

Today’s video is a heartwarming rescue story, but with a twist: not only did the mother cat raise the abandoned squirrel as her own, the squirrel adapted so well that he learned how to purr!


Have a great weekend!

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2 Comments on Mews and Nips: Domestic Cats are Better Hunters than Tigers

  1. Ross Wind
    October 26, 2017 at 10:47 am (3 years ago)

    Many articles based their conclusions without considering the nature’s laws and often compare oranges with apples. Animals are designed according to their role in nature. Domestic cats are designed to hunt very small preys like small birds and mice. They will generally avoid full-grown rats and big birds. In other words, when cats go hunting small birds and mice they face no danger of injuries. It is not the case with tigers or other big cats. Before a tiger considered making an attack, he takes in consideration the potential danger of the prey’s weapons and his size. A domestic cat doesn’t have to do this. In short tigers are facing a greater challenge than domestic cats. So they do have less success hunting rates but they face greater challenges.    

  2. Nancy Dehm
    November 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm (6 years ago)

    We would love to play with those feathers, mom doesn’t let us play with the noisey parrots


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