In a perfect world, we’d be able to spend every waking moment with our feline friends. Cats are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole. And because we want to give them their best life possible, we’ve gotta go to work. We’ve gotta make some dough so that we can spoil them just as they rightfully deserve. But what do they do when we’re away? With the ingenious idea to strap body cameras on some felines, now we know!
I think it goes without saying that we’ve all wondered a time or two what exactly our cats do in our absence.
If you’ve got a playful and frisky kitty, it might be easier to tell when you walk into a home that’s been cat wrecked. But what about those cats we are assume are lazy, loafing around all day, only getting up to eat? Maren Huck is a behavioral ecologist at the University of Derby in the UK and she decided to get to the bottom of this lingering question that has been on the minds of cat owners for centuries.
A: Cats are seen as relatively lazy, especially compared to dogs. But we saw that when they were outside, they became superalert. They scanned their surroundings, sometimes for a half-hour or more on end. And even though cats are highly territorial, they didn’t always fight with other cats they encountered. Often, they just sat a couple of meters away from each other for up to a half an hour. They may have been sizing each other up. Sometimes they would engage in a greeting, briefly touching noses.
When they were in their homes, the cats spent a lot of time following their humans around. They liked to be in the same room. A lot of my students were surprised at how attached cats were to people.
Check out a snippet below of “Cats Wearing Cameras” courtesy of Science Magazine on YouTube: