What Do Cats Eat In The Wild?

In this article, we will be taking a look at the question “what do cats eat in the wild“? In all honesty, this depends on a number of different factors such as:-

  • The available prey in the area
  • The current season
  • The cats hunting skills
  • The cats taste preferences
  • The cat’s location in the world

The vast majority of cats in the wild will usually eat as much of the prey as they are able. This includes the skin and bones in many situations as cats can digest and pass the majority of small bones in the smaller prey they hunt.

What Do Cats Eat In The Wild

Although the diet of a wild cat will change depending on opportunity, the below animals are the most common animals that they will hunt.

Rodents

Rodents make up a large, if not the largest part of a wild cats diet. They are usually easier for a wild cat to catch than birds and are plentiful in the majority of locations around the world. Rodents also make up a part of the average outdoor domesticated cat’s diet.

Here are some examples of common rodents cats prey upon:-

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Voles

Birds

Birds tend to make up a large part of the diet for a cat living in the wild. Again, they are usually plentiful in most locations around the world while being relatively easy to catch. Birds also make up a part of the average outdoor domesticated cat’s diet.

Here are some examples of common birds cats prey upon:-

  • Ducks
  • Geese
  • Swans
  • Grouse
  • Pheasants
  • Partridges
  • Quail
  • Gulls
  • Terns
  • Pigeons
  • Doves
  • Woodpeckers

Small Mammals

Small mammals make up another element of the diet for a cat living in the wild. Small animals like shrews and moles can be easy prey whereas a hedgehog can present a challenge.

Here are some examples of common small mammals cats prey upon:-

  • Shrews
  • Moles
  • Hedgehogs

Squirrels

Squirrels can make up part of the diet of a cat living in the wild but a healthy squirrel will almost always be able to get away from a cat. If a squirrel is sickly or taken by surprise then a cat will usually kill and eat the squirrel.

Here are some examples of common squirrels cats prey upon:-

  • Red Squirrels
  • Grey Squirrels
  • Chipmunk
  • Ground Squirrels
  • Pine Squirrels

Rabbits

Similar to squirrels, a healthy rabbit will almost always be able to get away from a cat. That said, if a rabbit is sickly or taken by surprise then as you can probably imagine, a cat living in the wild will seize the opportunity for an easy meal.

Reptiles

Reptiles can also make up a part of the diet of a wild cat, this depends on the location of the cat as warmer temperatures usually have bigger and dangerous reptiles.

Here are some examples of common reptiles cats prey upon:-

  • Snakes
  • Lizards
  • Chameleons
  • Skink
  • Geckos

Amphibians

Although not a preferred food source, wild cats will also eat amphibians if presented with the chance.

Here are some examples of common amphibians cats prey upon:-

  • Frogs
  • Toads
  • Newts

Small Fish

Finally, we have fish, although they may seem like the obvious choice, they are actually difficult for a cat to catch in the wild and thus are relatively safe.

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