I have known quite a few cats in my lifetime, and they have shown the most amazing will to eat or mate. There was one cat that I saw who couldn’t walk well at all, as he had an injured leg, yet would still have sex with one female for upwards of an hour straight, and defend her fiercely all the same.
Also, a rat recently crawled (was chased) into our crawlspace through a hole in the wall approximately 1 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches. We have a relatively small (but adult) female cat who knows about this. She wasn’t the same cat who chased the rat into the crawlspace, so she must be able to smell him. What is amazing is seeing her try to squeeze into the crawlspace. It is like seeing a contortionist in action. She flattens her body, positions her limbs, and does anything she can to try to get as far as she can into the crawlspace. She is obviously not small enough to get all the way in, but it seems that either she doesn’t it or doesn’t care. She smells that rat, and she’s going to get it, gosh dangit.
Not quite as amazing is our old cat, smokie, who, while not performing feats to have sex and get food, would eat any food that you weren’t in the same room as. If you went to the bathroom, your food would be gone when you came back. He once took a bite out of a chocolate cake. Not the corner of it, which seems like it would be the most biteable. He dug his face straight into the top of the cake.
What experiences have you had with animals and their will to eat or mate? What extents have they gone to?