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A Feast Fit for a Cat

Posted January 24, 2020 12:00 PM by M-ReeD
Pathfinder Tags: Body farms human remains

You kiss your cat with that mouth? You might want to reconsider.

Your love of all things feline may prove to be your undoing as recent research suggests that, in a pinch, cats will eat human flesh.

According to research conducted by a team from the Forensic Investigation Research Station in Whitewater, Colorado, feral cats granted access to decomposing bodies on a so-called body farm, feasted on human flesh, demonstrating a preference for soft tissue and decomposing remains that are relatively…well…fresh.

Researchers recorded the activity as the cats treated the body farm like a restaurant, frequently stopping in to feast on a decomposing shoulder, arm or other soft tissue region of the body.

Such farms, which are designed to demonstrate how human remains decompose when exposed to the elements, are beginning to crop up in parts of the U.S., potentially threatening to become a veritable smorgasbord for cats near and far. For now, there are seven such farms in the U.S., with Texas boasting the largest.

According to researchers, this feasting behavior among felines is uncommon. Yet, as these farms continue to crop up, are we just ringing the dinner bell on our fleshy remains, announcing that the human buffet is open?

Stay tuned.

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01/24/2020 12:55 PM

I'm not sure where you found your feline researchers but my personal experiences tell me feral cats rarely get enough food in the first place. Thus any easy food will be devoured. Cats are not above becoming a scavenger.

From what I remember reading about some of the early body farms the bodies would be covered by fencing, netting, loose tarps and sometimes nothing at all so different size scavengers and weather conditions would work on the bodies. So if the regional dominant scavenger group that can reach a body is a feral cat then that cat will have lunch. At another body farm, it might be feral dogs, ferrets or even a pet raven (Edgar?) that eats a body.

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01/24/2020 1:48 PM

People have been known to do that also...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donner_Party

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01/27/2020 10:42 AM

The story of the Donner Party never ceases to fascinate me. Makes one wonder what he or she would do under the same horrific circumstances.

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01/24/2020 2:04 PM

I would expect that hungry racoons, opossums, and foxes would not turn their noses up at the prospect of some fresh homo sapien.

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01/24/2020 2:58 PM

It has also happened a reclusive, solitary pet owner dies alone but for their beloved pets.

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01/24/2020 3:30 PM

Teach a cat to eat a human and the cat eats for a few days.

Teach a cat to train a human and they live like royalty for their entire life.

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01/25/2020 4:48 PM

They do make beautiful coats....

Show up wearing one of these for Fluffy's mealtime, and watch his reaction....

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01/31/2020 5:08 PM

The Troubling Tale of Toxoplasmosis: Don’t Kiss Your Cat

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01/31/2020 6:24 PM

I've had dogs and I've had cats (or cats have had me). I have had a great affection for both my feline and canine companions, but I have never had the desire to kiss any of them on the mouth (or anywhere else). For those with this bizarre need to share saliva with their pet, kissing dogs is apparently much less risky than kissing cats. So, on Fear Factor, if the contestants had been asked to drink a shot glass of dog saliva - no problem. Bottoms up, and next challenge please.

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01/26/2020 10:43 AM

If more people realized how serious a cat bite can be, there would be far fewer cats in households where there are children.

About five years ago I took in two juvenile sibling tomcats that had been abandoned. They quickly put on weight and muscle. Beautiful cats, black as night, they were like miniature panthers. As they matured they began to vie for position of king cat. I got between them during one of their scraps and was bitten on the right hand - a simple puncture wound.

I was ill for a month. The swelling of my hand during that time was so severe, I couldn't pick up a pencil. It took several visits to the hospital E.R. for intravenous penicillin treatments, augmented with oral medication, to finally beat the infection. My joints ached for weeks after.

It turns out that I was lucky. Advance thanks to other posters - I don't need to see photographs of the hand surgery that is sometimes required after a cat bite - the scrapping away of gangrenous tissue and so on. I've seen those photos, and they give me the willies.

PS: The toms were immediately separated to different households and peace was restored. "Buster" remains with me as my personal guard cat.

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