Imagine if you died alone in your house, just in the company of your cat. Over the days, as the state of decomposition progresses, the pussy would not hesitate to eat its body.
Were you shocked? What if you found out that he had a predilection for the softer tissues of your arms and shoulders?
The discovery was made by scientists at Colorado Mesa University in the United States.
According to the study’s authors, two cats went after human flesh at the Forensic Investigation Research Station, a forensic research station in Whitewater, Colorado, which investigates the decomposition of the human body.
The group’s study helps police and forensic doctors to understand what is natural to happen with a body left outdoors. This type of research can help uncover crimes and reveal the cause of death in mysterious cases, for example.
For this, 40 bodies donated to the university were left on the ground in an open area of the research station for 35 days.
The cameras installed at the site recorded two feral cats (animals that live on the streets and have little or no contact with people) climbing the three-meter-high fences of the facility to eat the bodies.
The researchers observed that each cat chose only one body to eat and returned to it every night, instead of trying other bodies.
The areas preferred by felines were soft tissues of the arms, shoulders and around the chest.
The first cat opted for the body of a 79-year-old woman and ate parts of her left arm and chest.
The second cat, on the other hand, preferred the corpse of a 70-year-old man and grabbed the arm and abdomen.
According to Sara Garcia, one of the study’s authors, the case indicates that when felines find a food they like, they are loyal to it.
Melissa Connor, who is also the author of the study, said it is not uncommon for people to die alone at home with their pets and then be eaten by pets.
The question of what would be the attitude of a pet that was left with its dead guardian has already been addressed in the humor book “Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death” Eyes – Big Questions from Little Mortals About Death ”, by Caitlin Doughty.
Mikel Delgado, cat behavior expert at the University of California, who has written in his blog on the subject, a cat eating his dead owner “is not a behavior problem. It’s just a fact of life.”
The problem, her, is that we project certain moral behaviors on our pets and expect them to follow these rules