What do cats do when nobody’s looking?
Cat owners have this question on their heads and lots of other questions too. Like, do cats like boxes? , why do they hate dogs? A number of those questions have been answered by science, but the matter of what cats do when their owners are not around has remained questionable.
To get at the bottom of the mystery, a couple of scientists from the United Kingdom strapped video cameras into 16 cats and monitored their behavior. One animal behaviorist and a behavioral ecologist attached little cameras for up to 16 domestic cats also discovered that the animals behaved differently depending on if they had been around humans in their houses, or on their very own outdoors.
Their analysis, co-authored behavioral ecologist Maren Huck and animal behaviorist Samantha Watson and published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science, was supposed to be an evaluation of the mobile video technology.
As Huck told Science in an interview, the experiment showed some surprising information about cat behaviors. One large takeaway was that cats might not be as relaxed and lazy as they are frequently stereotyped to be.
When the cats in the analysis were allowed to roam freely outside, they had been attentive and committed to their environment. The analysis presents evidence against the idea that cats do not care about their owners. The videos showed that the cats, when home, tended to follow their humans around and enjoyed to be in the same area as them.
You can watch how cats behaved which were recorded in the video below.