A question about the house cat.

 
Mechanoid2k
 
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18 March 2013 21:23
 

Hi all!

My questions has to do with domestication and the house cat. There are many sanctuary’s set up for animals rescued in the wild, many of these animals cannot be released back into the wild as they’re domesticated and couldn’t survive. The house cat which has had around 9000 years to be domesticated, seem to do quite well in the wild. Strays and alley cats bond together to form packs just like in the wild, the fight and forage strive and thrive. Why are some animals unable to re-enter the wild yet cats seem to adapt to it almost immediately?

Thanks for all the input.

[ Edited: 19 March 2013 00:26 by Mechanoid2k]
 
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18 March 2013 21:36
 

Because cats are evil.  cool grin

 
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18 March 2013 21:48
 

A lot of dogs do really well in the wild too.  Depends on breed and disposition. 

Horses went wild.  That’s the origin of mustangs in the West.

Pigs go wild and turn huge and ornery in the South US.

Parakeets go wild and survive if the weather suits their needs.

Cats seem to maintain their hunting skills despite centuries of domestication, probably because a lot of people want their cats to be mousers.  (Declawed cats eating fancy food is a more recent occurence.)

 
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18 March 2013 23:18
 

The mouser idea is probably what it came from. Cats also seem to lack any fear of animals much bigger than them. Ever see the videos of house cats fending off bears and aligators they’re crazy.

 
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18 March 2013 23:41
 

Probably a very difficult question to answer as it is rooted deeply in evolutionary biology.

Probably more than one answer. Every biological system has much diversity and variability concering it’s adapatation to it’s environment. Some animals domesticate easier than others and some can return to their natural behavior easier than others. The reasons could be profound and complicated.

But it is an interesting question nonetheless.