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Cats' Whiskers Reveal Felines Favor Free Lunch

Phys.org
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Domestic cats that regularly catch wild animals still get most of their nutrition from the food provided at home, new research shows.

University of Exeter scientists used forensic evidence from cats' whiskers to see what regular hunters of wildlife had been eating.

The results showed that about 96% of their diet came from the food provided by their owners, while just 3-4% came from eating wild animals.

This suggests that predatory instinct – rather than hunger – is probably the main reason why some domestic cats regularly hunt wild prey.

"When food from owners is ...