Further research on the behaviour of cats reveals more
Researchers attached GPS trackers and tiny cameras to nine cats over a period of eight days. This led to 150 hours of camera footage, 768 hours of GPS footage and a survey of 3000 cat owners. With both the camera and the GPS system working together, it can give a unique insight into just what a cat does in it’s own time.
Here are some of the findings;
When cats do their business next door instead of the litter tray it can really be a problem between an owner and your neighbours. The excuse you could give was that it was just unlucky and won’t happen again. This may no longer hold up thanks to researchers who have investigated what causes cats to go next door. They discovered that cats fowl neighbouring gardens to intentionally mark what their terrority is. This is typically a radius of around 300 yards from a house. People who have smaller gardens are more than likely going to face more problems therefore. There was also a unique discovery that could go so far to say that males like to explore more than females and when alone will travel much further away to different houses and gardens.
Roger Tabot an animal expert who led the research said “If you are not careful it can lead to falling out and even people moving,’ he added. ‘If you have a tiny garden and if you don’t want to fall out with your neighbours, it’s important to leave an area of loose soil at the end of the garden which you can clean when needed.”
The team also suggested that being a town cat was more stressful that their rural rivals as they had less space and also had to protect it from more cats in the area. For example a typical cat from the city would on average come into contact with ten other cats each day. They would also have to deal with rivals coming into their territory to steal food.
Further findings from the reports suggest that cats sleep up to twelve hours a day whilst constantly monitoring their territory. City cats also avoid busy roads due to heavy noise, toxic fumes and movement which meant that cats were more likely to die on countryside roads where they are unfortunately enticed into going to them by the peace and tranquility.
In terms of cat communication something very interesting was discovered between two cats. One named Jasper went up to another cat who he did not know. They were both shy and what the researchers believed was that by Jasper doing a hard double blink it told the other cat that he was not threatening.
The report is called the Bayer Animal Health called The Secret Lives of Cats and further information can be found out about the study from this Youtube video;
Photo: Peter Huys
Source: Daily Mail