Mews and Nips: Do Cats Do Math to Assess Prey?

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Math was my least favorite subject in school, and I never believed my teachers when they said I would need it to function in life. Now granted, we all do some level of math, whether we like it or not, but what about our cats? In her most recent blog, Dr. Michael Delgado reports on a fascinating study titled “Revisiting more or less: influence of numerosity and size on potential prey choice in the domestic cat.” The study used live prey to asses cats’ preferences as to how much and how large a prey they prefer (and don’t worry, no mice or rats were harmed, in fact, they were adopted by university students after the study was completed.) My favorite part of the study: five cats had to be dropped from the study due to inadequate participation. Click here to read Michael’s full report on the study.

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Today’s video cracked me up – a new Olympic discipline in the making? Enjoy!

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2 Comments on Mews and Nips: Do Cats Do Math to Assess Prey?

  1. Timmy Tomcat
    September 26, 2020 at 11:42 am (1 month ago)

    We sure like small prey and Dad only gets us small mice which we love. The video was Super. That gray fellow sure knew how to get every bit and then caught up. A demonstration that if you do the best job you will get a lot done instead of rushing

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  2. Janine
    September 26, 2020 at 6:56 am (1 month ago)

    I do believe cats do some sort of calculations when it comes to prey. Just watching them stalking something shows how it works. I always hated math in school, but I am glad I can do it. I balance our checks books every month the old school way.

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