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The Secret Life of Cats

The Secret Life of Cats
54:31 | 2008

Categories: Documentary, Science and Environment

Worshiped as a symbol of life in ancient Egypt, and coveted by sea captains and farmers for centuries, the cat is one of the most beloved animal in history. Through the ages, it was the cat's extraordinary ability to hunt and kill rodents that endeared it to humans. Today, cats are adored for their beauty and unique personalities. Nevertheless, the soul of a killer still lurks inside every kitty. In the time it takes to watch this film, house cats in the U.S. will catch as many as 100,000 small mammals and more than 30,000 birds. From the county parks of Florida to the outback of Australia, domestic cats and their feral cousins are stalking some creatures to the brink of extinction. What is your cat doing when it slips out of the house? You'll learn more about your pet than you might want to know in THE SECRET LIFE OF CATS.

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majo varela
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Matthew Schlobohm User
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November 14, 2013
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Indra Lampe
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August 15, 2013
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Betsy Jean
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June 11, 2013
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Mack Peyatt Jr
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November 17, 2011
I agree cat should be desexed not killed.....
Erin Elizabeth
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November 16, 2011
I trained mine to not catch animals (ok one does) but my 19 year old cat went out for 19 and a half long years and (had a cam to document) didn't ever kill an animal.
Sandy Ahab
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November 15, 2011
What a horrible film! Cat lovers beware that the person(s) who wrote and produced this film must me a cat hater. National Geographic should be ashamed! The lease that NG could have done was post a warning about have negative this film is. And if the guy wearing the dead cat skin hat lived on my street I would make it a personal mission to make his life miserable! What a very bad man! I watch this back in September and I still haven't gotten over it, I have nightmares about it. I HATED THIS FILM.....
Marlene Ansley
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January 4, 2012
Sandy I DO agree that Nat Geo should have warned that the film is graphic in nature and not suitable to young children or people that would be startled easily by the graphic nature. BUT, they are just telling it like it is. I like it's unbiased and informative reporting. WE HUMANS have to solve this problem!!
Beverley Guy
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November 11, 2011
I luv my cats, 1 doesn't venture out much but the other omg! she was the runt of the litter is quite small for her two years, wears a collar with a bell on yet she has caught as far as I am aware over 18 birds some being magpies which are bigger than she is & 1 tiny bby field mouse.
Alexis Young
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November 10, 2011
This is why my cat is a spoiled indoor cat with lots of toys, tunnels, climbing trees. If I had the funds I would build an outdoor cat enclosure. Plus I don't want my cat to get injured by all the cat 'haters' out there.
Alice Astbury
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January 31, 2012
I AM SOME CATS
Ferto Salvador
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November 2, 2011
QUE BELLOS SON LOS GATOS
Paddy  van Schalkwyk
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October 30, 2011
too long to download....
முஹம்மது நயினா
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October 20, 2011
so cutees
Judy McAbee
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October 18, 2011
I really love this. I have 8 cats & everyone gets along very well. I talk to them & treat them like people. They know everything I say to them. Very special animals. Thanks for sharing this.
Jared Pachefsky
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October 18, 2011
damm thoe cats, how dare they act like cats and hunt! Love cats and think they are amazing.
Harry Haber
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October 14, 2011
Enjoyable watch if you love cats like I do.
Maria Lopez
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October 14, 2011
I have 3 cats and everyday they bring me live locusts; occasionally a bird (which I immediately set free), but they are ALL very affectionate and love to be loved! I wouldn't trade them for all the tea in china :))).
Jennifer Reding
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October 11, 2011
OK, I'm only 24 minutes in an already there is alot of fiction here. First, cats aren't capable of having 30 kittens a year--maybe half that. About 3/4 of feral kittens die before reaching reproductive age, so even if a female cat had 3 litters a year, maybe 4 of those kittens would reach an age to reproduce. Otherwise, we would literally be unable to cross the street because we would be wading through cats. Two, birds and cats have coexisted for many thousands of years on both the european and american continents, long before humans became civilized--birds are not anywhere close to becoming endangered because of feline predation. More likely they are suffering because of human activity. I had to LOL at the vet agonizing over all the baby bunnies he lost--that's why cats exist, to keep in check the small mammals that DO "breed like rabbits". They exist to kill those baby rabbits before they become big rabbits that eat everything in sight, and make more rabbits (seems to me Australia might have a shortage of cats, not an overpopulation). Third, cat saliva is NOT "poison". It contains no more bacteria than a dogs or humans saliva. It's just that cats teeth are shaped like a needle, and tend to make needle-like holes when they puncture the skin--the outer edge of the would tends to close up faster, holding in the bacteria in a perfect environment to replicate. So far this film is crap--I used to have alot of respect for NG, but there is so much incorrect in this film so far it would have been best if they hadn't made it.
Alice Astbury
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January 31, 2012
CATS ARE 3/4 cats
Kirt Davis
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March 16, 2012
Funny how they didn't mention the ratio of small mammals to cats.
Lee Wheeler
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May 28, 2012
Jennifer, I hate to disagree with you. The animals shelter I work with also runs a feral cat program where we spay a & neuter whatever animals we can trap. Those that can be domesticated are and the others returned to the wild where they are fed daily. A cat will breed at five months, giving birth to probably five to seven kittens and approximately every three months there after. More often than not the kittens survive very well. Queens are adept at hiding their kittens and they look after then very well. By feeding what we find, it helps to reduce the bird and rodent situation. We tend an estimate three thousand ferals in our area and its difficult enough for us to locate them so don't worry about wading through them - they're waaay too savy for that.
Jennifer Reding
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May 28, 2012
I agree cats make very good mothers. But feral kittens often get entirely wiped out by predators (including male cats), and weaning is the most dangerous time for them. There is often a 50% mortality rate during weaning time. Some entire litters make it to adulthood, but those are offset by the entire litters that succumb to predators, disease, and starvation. Even kittens raised in ideal conditions--such as a pet food company colony testing food formulations--have an average 40% mortality rate. Think about it for a minute--if most cats started getting pregnant at 6 months, had 3-4 litters of 6 kittens every year, and most of those kittens made it to adulthood, we wouldn't be able to walk down the street without stepping on a cat. Cats have a high reproduction rate because they have a high mortality rate for neonates.
Joshua Molinaro
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September 9, 2012
Yeah it was pretty funny how that vet was all upset about that. I mean come on, I bet you anything more squirrels are killed by cars each year than cats. I mean seriously a squirrel and some bunnies? At about 30 mins I realized this show was basically a PSA against cats. They slowly slid that in there. What a bunch of bs. I'm all for keeping cats neutered and all that, but not them being killed like that.
Elizabeth Lewis
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October 3, 2012
yes they are if not neutered and live on farms where they do as they please.