Project Attaching Cameras to Cats Proves They Are Ice Cold Killers, Just as We Thought

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Aug. 8 2012 3:49 PM

Project Attaching Cameras to Cats Proves They Are Ice Cold Killers, Just as We Thought

Curiosity doesn't always kill the cat ... sometimes it makes the cat a ruthless killer.

In a study of 60 cats fitted with cameras for seven to 10 days, a University of Georgia research team has found nearly 30 percent of them killed prey, ending the lives of two animals per week on average. Their prey? Unlucky lizards, snakes, and frogs accounted for 41 percent—but the cats ate only 30 percent of what they killed. 

With the help of National Geographic Society's Crittercam project, the study also found the felines to be pretty adventurous, nearly half crossing roadways and a quarter eating and drinking things they found.

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Chikita, a five-month-old tiger cat cub is pictured, on August 2, 2012 at the zoo in Mulhouse, eastern France. A new University of Georga research project looking at house cats suggests they lead adventurous and violent lives outside.

Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/GettyImages

With 74 million cats in America, the potential amount of cat carnage is much higher than was earlier thought, according to the research. Beyond some moments of terror, the video and photo evidence proves an ancient lesson some of our cities and neighborhoods could stand recalling: more cats … fewer rats!

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Video by Krishnan Vasuvedan.