Most of us are unaware of the strategies our cats use to hunt – they simply go out through the cat-flap and reappear some time later,perhaps carrying a small body of some sort. We may simply find presents on the bed or in the cat’s bowl, or come down to the kitchen in the morning and find it awash with feathers.
The cat must be able to hear and identify the sounds of its preyfrom quite a distance away, to be able to pinpoint the likely position of the prey and then draw sufficiently near to it to snatch it rapidly. From a very young age the cat begins to learn how tointerpret all the messages coming to it from its ears, eyes and other sensory organs.
It must learn how to approach different kinds of prey and how to get close enough to be effective in its final pounce.It is not built for pursuit, so stealth and prediction are important.