Does your cat have interest in insects?

China
July 13, 2008 11:03pm CST
My cat is energetic and even hyperactive sometimes, so she always running around the house to find out whether there's something interesting going on. Then one day, a bee happened to break in through the window. As soon as my cat noticed it, she jumped at the "intruder" and chased it all over the place before I tried everything to stop her from doing that. Since then, she has discovered a new interest in all kinds of insects/bugs, whether it's a fly, a butterfly or a beetle. She would run fast enough and jump everywhere in order to catch/torture them. Is this a normal thing?
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@sunnflr (2770)
• United States
14 Jul 08
Yes it certainly is. Cat's will chase bugs all over. It's fun for them. I know mine loves chasing the occasional fly that gets in when the door is left open too long. Cat's love chasing most anything. They even sell wind up mice for them to chase around. It's good exercise for the cat too.
• China
14 Jul 08
It certainly is fun for them. You can see that in their eyes. But what if they sometimes trying to eat the bugs they catch? My cat is too curious to let a bug just lies there.
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@sunnflr (2770)
• United States
14 Jul 08
I'm pretty sure it won't hurt them to eat the bugs. Now, a bee might sting them, but if they can get around that then it would probably be ok for them to eat. Cats that live outdoors eat all kinds of insects and things and it doesn't hurt them. We just think its different because they are indoor cats.
• China
15 Jul 08
I guess human beings are usually over worried about these things and keep forgetting cats are capable of learning to adapt so that they can survive. We're just so used to the idea that they're our darling pets.
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@naseeha (1385)
• India
15 Jul 08
yes cats do that.. There is nothing wrong in that.. mY cat used to eat lizards...yuck.. It was her favorite delicacy...
• China
15 Jul 08
Lizard? Wow! She's really good at what she does, isn't she?
@smile44 (167)
• United States
15 Jul 08
My cat loves chasing after insects. Most of them if i catch her intently staring at something I know I have to run grab a paper towel and kill a bug. Sigh. When she was a kitten she would attack the insects and kill them. Now she seems content to stare at them and if she catches them she plays with them and leaves them alive. She used to eat them as well. I didn't mind seeing as I hate bugs and that meant they were gone. It's probably safer that she doesn't eat them now though!
• China
15 Jul 08
I do hope my cat would grow out of the eating habit too!
• Philippines
17 Aug 08
Hi! I think it is innate for cats to do that since hunting is one of their natures. Our cats have chased many insects (and animals too) aside from pests like rats. One chased a butterfly, one chased and even caught a fly, some worm, and lizard. Then one day, I was shocked to see some feathers in our garage...I think they caught a bird (heeyy...I think I saw a pussycat? Poor Tweety...).
@zeny_zion (1284)
• Philippines
14 Aug 08
my cats loves to catch cockroach, mouse and insects. even, spiders. they really love to do that. atleast they help me in the house and catch cockroach and mouse.
@freedomg (1684)
• United States
15 Jul 08
My Lucy loves to chase flies but her mom Ms. Molly is the lizard nut.
@ShepherdSpy (8563)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
15 Jul 08
my cat will follow spiders around and bat them with a paw occasionally..they get up a little stunned and keep going til he hits them again!I've seen him eat one or two also..
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
14 Jul 08
Yes, its a normal thing for cats to want to kill insects and play with them. My cats do stuff like this. Insects don't last long in my house and i'm glad for it so they want overpopulate.
@luvstochat (6916)
• United States
14 Jul 08
My cats chase anything that happens to get into the house. If a fly gets in they will spring from where they are sitting clear across the room. They also love to play with spiders. With having to kitties in the house I don't have to worry about bugs being around!