What does cat do when owner's away?
Many of us cat owners have often pondered over the question of just what do our furry felines get up to when we are not there? Sleep? Eat? Play?
Well...wonder no more, a recent study examined just this, sadly it only looked at indoor cats, however - it remains interesting non-the-less. The study - conducted by a well-known pet food company looked at cats daily activities, 50 house cats were fitted with collar cameras that were programmed to take photos every 15 minutes.
So...what did it reveal? It showed that cats spent 6% of their time sleeping - rather a surprise, as many would assume this is cats' favourite activity - not for these house cats it isn't!
They spent 12% of their day interacting with fellow pets, the usual rubbing of furs and the like! They only spent a meager 5% of their day playing with toys and hiding under tables! 8% of their day was spent climbing and (eeeek) scratching furniture!
The activity they seemed to enjoy the most and certainly spent the majority of their time doing was spent...looking out of windows and sitting around the house! Nosy, lazy parkers!
As lighthearted as this study is, it does raise a serious discussion - based on the importance of ensuring house cats are stimulated enough, that they have enough places they feel is 'theirs,' a special little sanctuary which only they can retreat to. This is an instinctual behaviour for cats, so it is important to honor it! Also a place they can sharpen their claws, preferably not your sofa! Leave toys around for them to play with and if you can afford it - the best toy of all is a playmate!
Image source: behance.net
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