Koji saw a hummingbird outside this morning, and when he was watching the bird, he started to chatter. I am sure you have all heard your felines chattering. It sounds and looks like this.
There are many theories about why we felines chatter at birds. Some animal behaviorists say that we are chattering in anticipation of pouncing on the prey. Others say that we are doing it because of a surge of adrenaline.
Another theory is that we are frustrated that we cannot get to the bird. I do not know about this theory, furiends. Koji will chatter at birds when he is outside and able to pounce on them. In fact, when he starts to chatter at a bird outside, the human quickly goes to make sure he does not pounce and possibly fall from the balcony!
But scientists studying monkeys in the Amazon may have come up with the real reason why we felines chatter. We are imitating the sounds of our prey so that we can more easily catch them.
These scientists were studying monkeys when a wildcat showed up. They did not pay attention to the wildcat when it arrived. But then the wildcat started making sounds like the monkeys were making. And then, the scientists started to observe what happened.
The monkeys who the wildcat wanted to nom on were almost fooled by my larger feline cousin. And monkeys are much smarter than birds. So we felines may be able to fool birds into thinking there is another bird around, not a feline about to pounce.
Furiends, I know you already knew we felines are smart. But I do not think you knew that we imitate the sounds our prey makes to make them easier to catch. I hope you learned something new about us felines today!