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From the Ted Talk by Tony Buffington: Why do cats act so weird?

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As wild predators, cats are opportunistic and hunt whenever prey is available. Since most cat prey are small, cats in the wild needed to eat many _____ each day, and use a stalk, pounce, kill, eat ________ to stay fed. This is why Grizmo prefers to _____ and pounce on little toys and eat small meals over the course of the day and _____. Also, small prey tend to hide in tiny spaces in their _______ ____________, so one explanation for Grizmo's propensity to reach into containers and openings is that she is compelled by the same curiosity that helped ______ the continuation of her _______ for millions of years before.

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  2. night
  3. species
  4. strategy
  5. ensure
  6. environments
  7. times
  8. chase

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As wild predators, cats are opportunistic and hunt whenever prey is available. Since most cat prey are small, cats in the wild needed to eat many times each day, and use a stalk, pounce, kill, eat strategy to stay fed. This is why Grizmo prefers to chase and pounce on little toys and eat small meals over the course of the day and night. Also, small prey tend to hide in tiny spaces in their natural environments, so one explanation for Grizmo's propensity to reach into containers and openings is that she is compelled by the same curiosity that helped ensure the continuation of her species for millions of years before.

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