The Secret Life of Cats

The Secret Life of Cats

8.3/10 based on 76 votes

You’ll never look at a purring, domestic kitty the same way after you’ve seen “The Secret Life of Cats.” Behind that cute little face and playful attitude is a passionless, efficient killer. The jungle lives inside your cat just as it does the 600 pound Bengal tiger. They both move in the same silent, predatory way. The claws of the tiger are no sharper than those of that sweet little creature who listens to your baby talk and plays with your finger. The shape of the teeth in a leopard match the fangs of a domestic cat. Sweet little Socks has the same instincts and the same natural predatory nature as the jaguar.

This documentary will show you the abilities Mother Nature gave your cat. They can run almost thirty miles an hour. Their night-vision, smell and scent abilities rival those of any predator in the world. They can jump the equivalent of thirty feet straight up and have an extraordinary ability to balance themselves on the ground and in the air. They leap, grab and kill as easily as you read the morning newspaper.

We’ve never dominated the cat. It’s the only animal who chose humans as their domestication partner rather than the other way around. They can’t be trained. They won’t be controlled. They love their human partners, but only on their terms. This film will show you how cats got in trouble during the Middle Ages. Cats lack cowering servitude. They face unwanted humans with calm disdain. It’s easy to see why people in that era believed cats were the companions of witches and burned some of them at the stake along with their owners.

Maybe the reason for the cat’s independence comes from their ability to live on their own. “The Secret Life of Cats” will show you what happens to areas where feral cats run loose. In the United States, they’ve hunted 33 species to extinction. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute considers cats in the wild to be the greatest threat to U.S. wildlife; responsible for the deaths of up to 3.7 billion birds and 20.7 billion mammals every year.

Watch the documentary and learn about the hidden side of that wonderful little ball of fur on your lap.

GD Star Rating
Rating: 8.3/10 based on 76 votes

Discuss This Documentary

  • Aearion

    Such a biased movie. So what if my cat loves to hunt? If it makes him happy, then I see no reason not to let him. If the entire population of birds in the world dies off, oh well! What do they really contribute to society beyond “singing”? I think their most useful contribution is to ensure that my cat exercises and maintains his healthy exuberance for life!!!!!

    • thebirds

      birds.. eat insects, pollinate, compliment lots of stuff. you are kind of a horrible crazy cat lady, aren’t you? such point of views attribute to the “typical western attitude” that makes us all look bad.

    • Fyrisvellir

      Birds are sentient, you idiot.

      • Alexander Ander

        umm I’m not sure where you’re getting that about them being sentient. Can you link to research from peer reviewed journals to back up that claim before calling someone an idiot?
        But yea an entire species dieing out is a bad thing because it decreases biodiversity. good example are the Northern White Rhinos and the Southern White Rhinos. They can interbreed and produce viable offspring, but there are genetic markers for each and should be preserved sense the Northern Rhino did not start dieing off because of an evolutionary dead end.

        • jackspeer11

          cats are awesome eney 1 who hates cats or wants to kill them should go die in a hole right now

    • Kate Tolhurst

      You’re trolling, right? No one could be this stupid/selfish.

      • Peter

        Dont bet on it

    • Peter

      You obviously have no idea of nature, and what role each species play in it. It might be best if you turned your computer off, and go and read a fairytale.

    • CatfishBigg

      The ignorance is strong with this one.

  • Thebadnotes

    Stop dressing the cat… It does not want to wear a frilly fucking dress.

  • ordinary american

    Isn’t that the primary law of nature? Eat or be eaten? Which do you prefer?

    • Donna Nespoli

      Domestic cats are not native predators. Non-native, invasive animals are a major threat to biodiversity and cats are one of the worst.

      • Mark Luxton

        That depends on where you live. In my area there are native cats; mountain lions, lynx and bob cats. They are not problem animals, nor are “domestic” cats that have human keepers, nor even are the feral colonies. Humans feeding feral colonies are a problem. Humans not having their cats altered so as not to breed, are a problem. Humans leaving boxes of kittens wherever they think is a good spot to get rid of them, is a problem.
        BTW Earth worms are not native to North America, nor are honey bees. Human bred cats are only invasive and a threat to warmer areas where they can thrive in the wild.
        Where I live Coyotes have invaded. Native to North America, but moving east have crossed with dogs and wolves. These animals are dangerous; their behavior has also changed. Cats can not become invasive here, because there are too many predators that will kill them given the chance…besides the human killers.

  • K.A. Ferguson

    I have 5 cats & I find this so called documentary offensive to my sensibilities. You’d have to be an idiot to not know cats are natural predators. It was horrendous to see the women chasing the cats to bash them with large sticks & then cook them up for dinner. Letting cats outside seems to be glorified in this documentary. The wildlife wouldn’t be disappearing if people would SPAY & NEUTER their pets before letting them ROAM all over the place. People created this problem, the cats didn’t do this to themselves. I’ve never been more disappointment with the portrayal of cats EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Donna Nespoli

      Domestic cats are not native predators. Non-native, invasive animals are a major threat to biodiversity and cats are one of the worst.

  • Malachi

    Why did you make cats sound so bad EVERY ANIMAL has to hunt its pray. I think its wrong to kill cats because cats have to hunt. As many negative things there are about cats there’s more than triple the amount of positive sides of owning a cat. When i come home from school and when my mum comes home from work our cat brightens up our day. If people were cats, there wouldn’t be a difference.

    • CatfishBigg

      Cats are NOT wildlife and hence DO NOT belong in the wild. Our native animals hunt and eat to SURVIVE. A cat will continue to kill prey even when it’s belly is full of cat food. The domestic house cat (Felis Catus) does not naturally occur in any environment, hence, they take a huge toll on native wildlife, to the tune of 2 BILLION dead birds and 12 BILLION dead animals each year in the US along. They remove valuable prey species from the food chain and they spread disease. Cats belong indoors, and if they are feral should be removed with extreme prejudice.

      • Donna Nespoli

        exactly catfish

      • Andrew Kran

        Those numbers are absolutely ludicrous, (just as your statement that cats do not belong outdoors is absolutely ludicrous). All it takes is some simple math to figure out what nonsense propaganda that is. Every cat is killing 232 birds & 1395 animals a year?? What a crock, and that number is conservative because it counts ALL cats, not just outdoor cats. Even if those number were true, which they clearly aren’t, the species of birds and rodents hunted by cats are not in any danger of becoming “endangered”. Despite what anyone might say, the song bird & rodent population is not on the decline. Domesticated cats are filling the void of their “wild” counterparts (and other predators fox, coyotes etc.). which were largely killed off in urban areas. Domesticated felines (which are not far removed from their “wild” cousins) have been a part of the ecosystem since the dawn of human civilization, they are not some newly introduced “species”. Don’t believe every arbitrary, 2nd hand piece of “information” you hear.

        • CatfishBigg

          You have absolutely NO clue what you are talking about. I might recommend you actually research this subject before you make incoherent claims. Starting with simple math, try this. There is an estimated 90 Million feral cats in the US. Each one of those cats only needs to kill 1 BIRD A MONTH and we are already have mortality in the BILLIONS. This does not account for the nearly 40 Million additional free-roaming owned cats. I don’t know where you came up with 232 birds per cat/per year.

          Furthermore, you claim the species of birds and rodents hunted by cats are not endangered, perhaps you should look up the Florida Beach Mouse, Anastasia Island Beach Mouse, Key Largo Woodrat, Piping Plover, Least Tern, Scrub Jay, just to name a few.

          And I like how you add, “Despite what anyone says, the song bird and rodent population is NOT in the decline.” Can you please explain your credentials, education and objective evidence that somehow is able to refute empirical data from about a dozen Universities, the Smithsonian Institute, ACB, Audobon Association, & Dept of Fish and Wildlife? You are claiming to know more than paid professionals on this subject, I would like to know how.

          Finally, F. catus has NOT been a part of the ecosystem since the dawn of human civilization. As a matter of fact, there was not a single domestic cat in the Western Hemisphere until a mere 500 years ago when they were introduced by European settlers.

          A cat introduced by human agency is by definition an “exotic species.” They aren’t a “natural” part of the fauna in North, Central or South America, Australia, New Zealand, Papu’a New Guinea, Indonesia, Fiji, Madagascar, the Galapagos, Hawaii, Jamaica, Samoa, the Canary Islands or ANY western Pacific, Caribbean or eastern Atlantic Island.

          Feral cats are noxious, invasive, disease-ridden vermin that inflict destruction on any natural system where they’re introduced and allowed to proliferate. Why?

          (1) There are few—or no—‘natural’ predator controls to suppress feral cat numbers to environmentally-sustainable levels, either because no apex predators had evolved (e.g. New Zealand), or because humans have exterminated them (e.g. most of North America), in areas where cats have subsequently been introduced
          (2) Domestic cats are vectors of pathogens like Toxoplasma gondii that kill non-resistant species, including the few native mammals and birds that prey on them. While reptiles are immune, there are few that are large enough to prey on cats, and those that do consume less than 10% of a comparably-sized endothermic (“warm-blooded”) predator. And they only kill when they’re hungry.
          (3) They’re voracious predators of a huge variety of native species, particularly in regions where no native cats evolved and naturally-occurring species are therefore ill-adapted for avoiding predation by them
          (4) They reproduce very rapidly—a single female producing 4-12 kittens annually. Multiply by about 32 million, as there is a 2:1 male-to-female ratio in reproductive age feral cats, and the ASPCA estimates their current population at close to 90 million.
          (5) They’re DOMESTIC ANIMALS—urban, suburban and rural populations are subsidized by human feeding, which also allows them to attain numbers far exceeding environmental carrying capacity for ANY natural predator.
          (6) Even under ‘natural’ conditions, cats kill when they’re not hungry—they are as addicted to thrill-killing as doddering spinsters in curlers and bathrobes are to hoarding them. That’s how we bred them.

          Either you are a very bad troll, or you simply lack the education and understanding of biology, ecology and natural systems to understand this discussion. Either way, I do suggest you do some real research on this topic and hopefully come back with something more constructive to add.

          • BobiekstHisketr

            sahut the fuck up sir

            • CatfishBigg

              Such an intelligent and thought out reply. Your mother must be so proud.

  • Emmy_ Lad

    That man who shout that poor cat should be burnt alive.

  • Mark Luxton

    My little killers go out every day to hunt and I encourage them; they cry for me, to show me what they caught. Even my neighbours say they have had less rodent problems since I moved here with my cats. I would feel cruel to keep them indoors, denying them their birth right, their nature. Occasionally I do save a bird from their stomachs. What they catch outside is far better for them than the cat food in the grocery stores. My cats come in at night…usually. They do not like being on a day shift but they are very happy and very thankful that their human understands them.

    • Donna Nespoli

      Cars, predators, disease, animal abusers…all waiting for your little kitties.

      • Mark Luxton

        Well I could put them in individual padded cells, keep their claws cut dull; would that be safe enough?

        You can’t keep them safe, safety is an illusion. I keep them as safe as I can without repressing them or their natural behavior…much.
        I could not be so cruel as to force my cats to stay indoors all their lives, staring out the windows, crying to go chase something or to socialize with the other cats that come to visit. It is unnatural. Sure there are dangers outside, dah. There are dangers inside too. You can’t make the world cat proof, nor child proof. The best you can do is teach the cats, and children, to be world proof; safe by education and training. All of my cats know to look and listen before crossing the road; they know the sounds of dangerous animals. The biggest danger to my cats going outdoors, is from ignorant and stupid humans.

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  • tron

    cats are awesome

  • Jones

    SO, I have had many cats and currently have 2…mine are always rejects…one of my current came from a used car lot and the other just came into my garage from a group he ran with living in the storm drains…he chose me.

    Both are strictly indoor cats however Hank is allowed outside under close supervision…meaning, he does not leave my sight….he is somewhat timid out doors because he knows there are risks…big dogs coyotes, other cats, owls, hawks, humans…I should qualify myself as a cat whisperer per my wife.

    Hank is allowed outside after working closely with him for almost 2 years…he is now 7 yrs old. He understands the dangers and knows where to go if we were to get separated…we have a spot to “meet up” if something goes wrong. All the wildlife and even my neighbors know Hank. He is not allowed on their property. When my Guinea Birds had chicks and they first came out to scratch and feed he walked right in among them and Mama bird…

    Hank will stalk bunnies, squirrels, some birds and other rodents and insects…he for the most part just plays with em…but he does have a disdain for rodents…he has killed 3 I know of…but never harmed squirrels or bunnies…just stalks them and runs with them. Does not kill birds….rather, he seems to mostly ignore them.

    Hank minds well, comes when you call him, he even speaks english. He waits on me to properly vet a new human in his presence before he will approach. My Grandson learned that you don’t run after Hank to catch him, rather you get on the ground at his level so as to appear less of a threat and gently, calmly call him telling him he is a good boy. He will come right to you, purring. Hank will heal, and walk right beside me doing so especially well when he knows where we are going or for what purpose we are going, (outside, for example)

    I have found many cats cannot be truly domesticated in the definition you might have in your mind, but if you get an intelligent cat that really likes you (RE: Trust You) then you can develop a rewarding, lovable pet that truly is loyal to the level HE allows. It’s up to you to find what that is and work with it to fully understand the bond you can have with your individual cat.

    Both of mine are waiting on me when I come home from work even if my wife is already home…I sit down in my chair and they are on me head butting, rolling, tuggin…..I tell them I love them and they know…

    Hank was raised with a dog who also loved him…as a result he kinda became a Cat/Dog…Macy (who is half the size of Hank at 7lbs) is all girl kitty and she likes being the Gurly Girl that she is…her and my wife get along fine and she has plenty of love for me to…Hank and I are kinda loners together…Hank gets to do things like go outside that Macy is not allowed to do…when Hank comes in from a “mission” she is all over him to welcome him home…they are very close companions.

    I know I’m just rambling but I’m old and got nothing better to do…I love my cats….they are not weird or mystical or even unusual…they are excellent pets if you understand them but I wouldn’t recommend them in a house with toddlers…because little humans like that are mean and a cat won’t be handled ruff like a dog would, they will fight back.

    In closing PLEASE READ >>> DO NOT DE-CLAW! It is dangerous for them (infection) and extremely painful for them (how would you like some one to tear off your finger nails all the way off, then your toe nails??? This takes away from you cats de-meaner mentally and could even create a hostile environment for the kitty at home.
    If you werk with your kitty you can teach it to stay away from furniture and be sure you provide many options for them to use their claws on desirable items, (cat trees, posts, hanging ropes, cardboard, carpet.) Even when Hank and I play ruff it is unusual for him to stick me with a claw. Both my cats allow me to cut their claws…use human nail clippers and don’t cut them to short…if you cut back into the quick of the nail, that’s a nerve and you won’t likely ever get a second chance. Go the the vet and have them show you…

    Enjoy your kitties! Both mine were rejects from society and have (not surprisingly) turned out to be top shelf Kits.

  • Raven Shakti

    In the words of my cats: “PROPAGANDA!!

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