For generations hitherto, mankind and house cats have shared a symbiotic relationship; disassociating bonds between these two organisms can surprisingly turn out to be one of the hardest phases in life! House cats are synonymous with beauty, grace, patience, mysticism and other refined qualities that we long for in our quest for companionship. In addition, their expression of complaisance fuels our thirst for their companionship. Even with all the limitations that we demonstrate, house cats reflect an astronomic amount of patience for us. Despite such admirable qualities that they possess, house cats have long been leading a double life which, until recently, have remained in the dark from the eyes of mankind.
By simply attaching a kiitticam on house cats, researchers from the University of Georgia unearthed intimate details about such mysterious beings and dispelled the notion that house cats were 100% domesticated as they were initially presumed to be. According to the President of American Bird Conservancy, George Fenwick, cat predation is one of the various fundamental causes of the dwindling population of one in every three bird species in America. Kerrie Anne Loyd, a researcher of the University of Georgia enthuse that prior estimation regarding the amplitude of cat predation were rather subdued. The reason for this was that previous studies didn’t take into account the organisms that cats ate or left behind. The massacre brought about by house cats is rampant and is intertwined between various types of animals. The animals that topped the list were frogs and reptiles such as lizards and snakes. They made up a whopping 41% of the animals that had their lives cut short by house cats. The runners-up spot went to smaller mammals such as chipmunks and voles (25%). The third and fourth spots belonged to insects and worms (20%) and birds (12%) respectively.
The idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover” can be perfectly applicable when used to describe the mysterious beings in the form of house cats. It is only when they are invisible to human eyes that their colors are revealed.