I sometimes enjoy having my T's rip the prey item out of my tongs. Im thinking the T is quite aware of the cricket, even if its in the tongs thrashing around in mid air. I find that sometimes my slings intially 'run' from prey, but I go and check up them several minutes later to see they are successfully eating.

Its the excessive "loving" I provide that causes the opposite reaction Im after. One day I'll learn my lesson

They are ambush predators that have honed their hunting skills for 380,000,000 years; they know what they're doing.