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Thread: Why do cats eat birds heads?

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    Why do cats eat birds heads?

    Why oh why?

    Our cat caught two birds today and both times she was found having eaten off their heads and busily gnawing on their necks. The one this morning she was not interested in stopping her gnawing, I had to take it away from her... then she came back and started gnawing its wing.

    Why the head though? I mean... there's other parts of the birds that are slightly less boney and beaky surely...

    Doesn't worry me at all that she catches birds, they're non-native. The native birds around here are somewhat bigger than the cat- white sulphur crested cockatoos, black cockatoos, Australian Magpies, Australian Crow etc. I've seen magpies attacking cats rather than the other way around. So I'm happy she's eating these foreign invaders - starlings mostly which we consider a pest, just curious why head first?
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    There's a dead bird laying in my back yard right now, killed by my cat. The head is still there.
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    My cat loves rabbit heads. Just the head...nothing else. I find it odd also. Seems like they would want the meatier parts....maybe the brains taste the best to em??
    She's presenting like a mandrill!

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    Because the neck is tender and tasty!
    Applies whether raw or cooked.
    Cooked, the most flavorful and tasty part of a chicken or turkey is the neck.
    Everybody likes head.
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    On small birds the head is the tastiest part, but on larger birds it tends to be gamey and a bit hard to chew. IMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyT
    Because the neck is tender and tasty!
    Applies whether raw or cooked.
    Cooked, the most flavorful and tasty part of a chicken or turkey is the neck.
    Everybody likes head.
    Quoted for truth.

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    They also like "Fish Heads" ....



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    Quote Originally Posted by downhill
    They also like "Fish Heads" ....



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    never had that problem, i have 1 old male that used to hunt not anymore tho, a diseased male that hunted mice and birds and rabbits and 2 females now that hunt squirrels mice birds and rabbits. ive never seen one decapitated though. most of them are brought to the porch to be shown off. my diseased male once caught a baby rabbit (now my mom u have to understand loves cats but she also loves little animals which is all they hunt so she almost screamed when she saw this) and brought the baby rabbit in his mouth to the back porch to show off and it was still alive. i had to wrestle it out of the mouth and set it free but it was pretty funny. our cats love catching something and either playing w/ the corpse, like a mouse, or showing it off.
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    They say the Showing off is an offering to it's masters to show that it is doing it's job in ridding the household of pests ... While normally refusing tobring it in doors ....


    Our old Cat ( died at 15yrs old ) used to biring small mice and lay them right in the center of our Sidewalk just at the foot of the steps ... We would walk out in the mornings and find it laying there ... Never once was it layed on the actual steps , but always in the same spot about 12" from the bottom step center of the Sidewalk.



    I always made sure to pet the wonderful Kitty ( regardless of the fact I didnt' want the damn mice on my sidewalk to clean up ) for doing what it thought was the best. For trying in it's own way to show appreciation and lovefor our family by protecting it against Varmen ...
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    She wasn't showing these ones off. Usually she does with mice and sparrows once she's eaten the sparrows heads. I suppose she was still busy eating the choice parts and hadn't gotten around to showing off, usually we find them at either the front or back door.

    She doesn't eat mouse heads though... maybe they're a bit gamey. They're usually alive when she brings them back though, maybe if we left them with her she'd eat their heads eventually... not sure. Will try.

    She doesn't like rats though. Last cat, cunningly named 'Big Cat', did hunt and catch rats- she got a couple of reallyt big ones... didn't eat their heads though. She was a bit slow for birds, don't remember her catching any.

    Our dog is a bit of a bird eater, he consumed a budgierigar (small parrot, about sparrow size) whole a few years back... suppose he liked its head too... It's a crazy world.

    Anyhow, we've established it's my cats peculiarity which is good enough, thanks folks
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    Maybe the bird head is like a tootsie roll pop? How many licks does it take to get to the center? One will never know...


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