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Jul 12

Why does my cat eat ants?


If a cat sees any type of moving critter (such as an ant), the cat will likely do one of the following things:

  • kill the bug by eating it
  • kill the bug by playing with it

Cats instinctively try to kill most moving creatures that are much smaller than them, and that includes ants.  Sometimes your cat will eat the bug immediately, while other times your cat may swat at the bug numerous times until the bug is no longer moving.  It’s difficult to tell if your cat was trying to kill the ant, or if your cat was playing with the ant and just got a little bit too rough :(   It’s the same deal with cats and fighting — you can’t always tell if they are playing or not.

More About Ants

Ants are a type of insect that are much more complicated than most people give them credit. There are about 20,000 different species of ants that can be found around the world.  Ants can live in almost every environment, assuming the ground is not permanently frozen.  Ants live in groups, called colonies, and the members of the colony work together very efficiently.  Pretty neat, eh?  There are a growing number of people gaining an appreciation for ants, and many people even keep them as pets.

For more information about ants, or pet ants, visit AntsCanada.com.   If you decide to start your own colony of ants, you will probably want to keep your cat away from them :)

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