Science has found that cats will eat a dead body if given the chance

Despite there being many jokes between cat-lovers about their felines secretly disliking them, there could be more behind that than we thought!

Although the researchers at Colorado Mesa University's Forensic Investigation Research Station wasn't studying cats' eating habits, they stumbled upon a suprising find. 

While the researchers were studying the decomposition of 40 bodies over the course of 35 days, they noticed something quite alarming. 

Two feral cats repeatedly returned to the bodies to have a bite to eat. Interestingly, the felines returned to the same two bodies each night (a 70-year-old man and a 79-year-old woman) - seeming to favour the soft tissue of the shoulder and the arm. 

But rest assured, the researchers documented that the feral cats seemed to be displaying behaviours more consistent with Bobcats than your domestic kitty. 

"The main theory is that cats are picky eaters. Once they find a food that they like, they'll stick with it,' said Garcia, the lead author on the paper, which was published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences.

"Any coroner or medical examiner will tell you of cases where a body was shut up with a pet that scavenged the owner eventually."

So, you can rest assured it seems more of a survival tactic than anything else!

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