What do our feline companions get up to?
Ever wondered what your cat spends its time doing when you’re not around?
Where do our purring pets go when they disappear through the cat flap? Armed with GPS tracking devices and micro-cameras, a team from BBC Two’s Horizon programme in collaboration with the Royal Veterinary College set off to a Surrey village to find out.
The result? Scientists discovered the cats appeared to timeshare territory to avoid confrontation with neighbouring felines visiting each others houses. Through the cat flaps most would eat any food they found left in the bowls. With food around there is no need to hunt.
It appears that most cats timeshare territory with cats who lives on the opposite side of the road. They appear to avoid being out at the same time as one another,” say researchers However, the cat cam footage also revealed squabbles over territory remained. There was also an incident with a fox and with a nest of fledglings. Cats are very territorial.
A cats is totally different when leaving the cat flap In an multi cat household they are inclined to stay together and do not go far from home.
The female decides who is going to mate with her and it was found they have a broader sense o sounds than any other mammal. Kittens not handles between 4 to 8 weeks became feral and went out hunting.