The cat-chicken truce

Since ancient times, every farm had its chickens and its cats, and somehow they lived together in peace—usually. In my own experience, our family’s aggressive and hyperactive Siamese tomcat had no qualms about killing and eating baby chicks. And why not, since cats like to prey on birds, and what easier prey than birds that can’t fly? But the usual rule is that cats have a certain grudging respect for barnyard chickens, partly because mother hens are very protective of chicks and partly because roosters are a force to be reckoned with too.
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