The thought of being eaten by your favorite, loving, and beautiful cat has crossed the minds of many cat owners. Picturing themselves being a meal one day to their pet, it’s unimaginable how you would feed them, shower them with lots of cuddles, and love only for them to pay you back by munching your flesh someday. The answer to the big question is probably a YES, that cat that you cherish the most might eat you if you die. However, other reasons and situations may contribute to this happening, although, cats will not eat you while you are alive. Cat experts have luckily given answers to some of our curious questions. Answering the question of many cat lovers out there. Here are some reasons why a cat won’t hesitate to eat your corpse if you die today;
Cats are born naturally predators
The instinct of hunting is within every cat, be it a domestic cat or a wild cat, both are skilled predators. Even a well-fed domestic cat will be highly motivated to hunt. Cats mostly tend to prey on small animals like birds, lizards, and mice if given a chance. According to international cat care, cats need to hunt if it doesn’t have a supplementary food from the owner, as a result, it can hunt and kill 10 to 20 times a day in order to meet its daily energy requirement. Moreover, cats are adapted to eating small amounts of food on a regular basis. Interestingly the reason your cat might opt to eat you while you’re dead is due to their natural behavior of hunting on prey most especially if they are used to hunting outside.
If you die alone in your house
Being socially isolated might contribute to your lovely cat taking a delicious bite of your face if you die, most people who live alone and/or not don’t interact with people often are at a high risk of dying, and not being discovered fast. Within no time, their cat might decide to eat them, and unfortunately, the longer it takes for people to find their body, the more the cat will have eaten their decomposing body.
If hunger strikes
Are you thinking that your nice, friendly cat wouldn’t eat you? Oh yes, he or she would consume you. There is no connection of love and closeness that will trump hunger to a pet. No rule was made in ensuring that your cat or pet will reciprocate the love that you shower them with and respect your dead body in return if you die in a trapped place together. As soon as hunger strikes them and no food is available to eat, the cat’s hunting instincts will activate and for their means of survival, they will feed on you to keep going. The cats might be at risk of dying too if the death was caused by something else like poison, drug overdose, and many other things. For them, survival comes fast.
A free-roaming pet
A free moving cat will more likely eat you when you die in its search to find food to eat, however, cats that are free to move from their owner’s home to go in search of food are more likely to eat dead bodies if they found one. According to a forensic study two cats were documented eating human remains that had been placed outside the facility. Not only did they eat get full and leave, but also they returned several times to continue eating the same bodies of their choice. The study shows us how picky cats can be and once they find food that they like they will stick to it.
Cats are naturally curious and active animals. They tend to play with merely everything that crosses their minds as a plaything. You’re more likely to see them playing with your arms, hair, figures, and toes, sometimes they bite the owner as they play or pull the hair to play with it. Cats are curious. If your cat is used to playing with you, and you die suddenly, it will be curious and want to wake you up to play as usual, and in the process, it might decide to bite you.
A taste of meat and blood
Cats enjoy eating meat, and freshly hunted meat is sweet for them. If you die and bleed or a part of your body gets exposed to a cut, your cat might not resist having a taste of the meat. If nobody is there to restrain them from taking a bite they will end up eating your body to their content. Since they’ll notice you’re defenseless and not reacting towards them, their hunting instincts will be activated to eating your decomposing body.
Having a medical illness that might lead to abrupt death
Deaths caused by illnesses come unannounced and if by any chance the deceased was living alone with her pets (cats) and the surrounding people are far to notice their death, the pets may run out of patience and eat them. If it takes a long time, the only remains that might be found are just their bones in the worst cases. The Sun narrates a story of a woman who lived with her three cats. They ended up eating her body which was later discovered by the police and some parts were missing.
Some of the body parts that a cat will more likely to start eating are:
The arms, lips, nose, face, thighs, abdomen, chest, and feet.
Cats are friendly and keep us company, and as much as we would love to think that these pets will consume us after we die, sometimes this is not the case. You can happily live with them without thinking more of how they will end up eating you when that time comes. Remember to recognize the fact that simply because they can eat a corpse doesn’t necessarily mean they will eat you when alive.