What a beauty nature has served mankind!
Nature has defined its glory in and around by the virtue of mesmerising lakes with swans flowing with the course, waterfalls falling like silver threads with Pigeons quenching their thirst and cats wandering & self-pleasing in the company of forest filled with autumn, distinctly developed tress and blooming flowers.
Cats use wise techniques to locate and capture their prey. They even develop different strategies for different biomes.
They are quickly responsive to the sight and stimuli, even in the hour of non-hunger.
• Kittens glue their eyes on the Mouse hole, stick to their place with utter attention and wait patiently for the mice to arrive.
The moment Mouse walks out with shreds of fear, builds little confidence and takes an unthoughtful turn – and that becomes the seizing point for the kitten where it rushes towards it and swallows in a couple of seconds.
•Cats enjoy the Fish meal too. For capturing Fish, it slowly and stealthily steps down to shallow water, tries to hide its shadow from the shoal of Fish (where they live in abundance) and then lunge and flip them with its paws into its mouth!
•Lizards, Insects and Squirrels are intelligently darted upon by the cats. Cats also intake the flesh of rabbits and feed over the flesh of Birds and Rodents.
Furthermore, statistical analysis deals with the descending order of source consumed by wild cats:
i) Rabbits constitute 41.5% diet
ii) Rodents contribute 31.9% in the total diet of cats.
iii) Total Birds consumed are around 16%.
The main source of Kittens is birds which make up 96% of their total diet!
Wild cats do not have any fixed hour of hunting and eating their meal. They keep chasing small and large creatures throughout the day.
Sometimes, they manage manifold matter to eat.
However, sometimes they struggle to consume even one meal.
Yet, they manage to eat and take care of themselves with ample amounts of diet and learn the ability to rescue from their predators and live happily in their own quarter without any confinement and limitations.
What do cats drink in the wild?
Cats stray and stroll in litter or in sole company (alone). Cats have approximately 200 million scent receptors on their nose which help them detect any smell accurately and quickly. They can also discover whether any matter is edible or toxic and make their decisions wisely. Their noses act as a guide to them and direct them to the perfect place where they should feed and quench their thirst.
People often find cats licking their noses.
The simple reason behind this is to remove undesirable residue of pollen or particles stuck on the nose which cause difficulty in smelling and judging.
As a result, they can find the best and safest place for themselves for food and water.
Apart from these, sources of water for cats are manholes, potholes, small sewer, stagnant fluid and running tap water.
They also drink rainwater collected in small pits on the roads.
An ideal myth set in the minds of all is that Cats are wild after milk and even lick the last drop of the vessel. But, the reality is some Cats can’t digest the lactose present in Cow’s milk.
Despite this, stray cats are attracted towards it by its smell and taste and dissemble in disguise, away from any public eye to drink milk.
Belonging to the desert quarter, Sand cats are a species of cats who do not or hardly need water.
They survive in arid deserts, flat terrain and dry regions. They hydrate themselves by eating rodents, birds and reptiles.
They are no less masters in hunting their prey!
Where do wildcats live?
Wildcats venture out with their mates to various spheres, corners of jungle, spirals of lanes and sections of street. They have no specific whereabouts, pits or caves to live in.
They are found wandering aimlessly from one place to another in search of food. They also dig heaps of garbage and dustbins to get a piece of meal for the day.
They are also seen hiding in public gardens, by-passes during the rainy season, behind bushes in day-quarter or near gas stations.
Some wild cat species like Pampas and Puma can sustain their bodies in very low temperature and live near the notches of hills.
Whereas, Sand Cat is one and only species who can withstand extremely high temperature of desert expanse.
Wherever they are, Cats stay away from human habitats as they fear indifference and trouble.
The listening capacity of a cat is at least 5 times stronger & better and smelling capacity is 14 times higher than humans.
This is the reason why, Cats can easily uncover the presence of any human or other creatures and are ready for escape.
Should cats be eating a “wild” diet?
Cats are carnivore creatures.
The design of a cat’s body complements its respiratory, digestive and excretory system.
For example: the small intestine of a cat is less extensively coiled as the digestion of meat is easier than the digestion of cellulose, which is ingested by cows and goats.
Also, a cat’s pancreas cannot handle much sugar and thus cats do not prefer picking and gathering berries and fruits except a few melons and blueberries at the hour of forcedness when they cannot hunt much for the day.
When Cats are tamed, they are given the same diet as eaten by wild ones. The only difference lies in the packaging and branding of meals prepared for tamed cats.
The wild cats plunge and thrust over the pavement heaps. Cats also thrive on variety and hanker from place to place to get diverse food types to take a taste of different flavour and savour. They then decide their places of concern.
However, not all pavement heaps are nutritional and edible.
In fact, with the hype in pollution index, technical development leading to heavy residue waste and plastic generation, the street food blends with minute dirt particles, glass iota, gas molecules and specks of subdued fragments which make the food rancid, toxic and even venomous.
At an average, the best diet combination of cat must have protein (52%), fat (36%) , carbon (12%) and negligible carbohydrate, as the digestive tract has the ability to extract the most amount of energy from protein-abundant food and match macro-nutrient requirements.
Cats can find fine grains to meet their needs, gateways for their food placement and live a healthy and happy life.
They can sustain, accustom and adapt themselves to the prevailing environment and deal with risk( risk of fight, disease and accidents) ,pain and unforeseen circumstances.
What does a stray cat eat?
Stray cats are fickle inhabitants who hang around for food, water and minerals.
They avoid human contact and stay outdoors.
In the vicinity of paths and pavements, Cats find food for themselves and sometimes, are served food like leftover meat, Tuna, chicken or milk by kind souls.
Cats, sometimes, also pick up the dead rodents, hold them between their canine and store them in their temporary shelter for later consumption.
Stray cats most likely prefer fleshy meals like thick meat and pave their way to the doors where these meals are being cooked.
Although, they are generally hurled away by men and kids and even sometimes, troubled unnecessarily by them for their selfish motives.
These acts make cats fearful and pursue them to steal the pieces and finish the milk secretly!
Moreover, some cats react to the annoyance by scratching, biting and generating fear among the ill ones.
Cats, thus, have the strength to fight for themselves and save from the stronger and larger creatures, provided they are in quite a number to ensure resilience in unity and have their way straight without any intervention and interruption!