Closely related to chase behavior, hunting behavior is a very ingrained instinct in felines. Of course, wild cats hunt for survival. This instinct has carried over into the natures of many domestic cats, especially if they are allowed outdoors. Cat owners are often distressed when their beloved pets bring home small prey, presenting a dead songbird or field mouse seemingly as a "present," very pleased with themselves and looking for praise. This is a difficult behavior to deal with if a cat is a determined hunter and is allowed outdoors.
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Reprinted from Cat Speak by Bash Dibra © 2001. Permission granted by New American Library.