A recent study carried out for Bayer Animal Health surveyed over 3,000 cat owners and carried out 768 hours of GPS tracking using Cat Navs. The Cat Navs were fitted to 9 cats over 8 days in total and managed to collect 150 hours worth of camera footage from the tiny cameras that were attached to the cats collars. The findings from the study were published in a report called The Secret Lives of Cats, which detailed the behavioural traits of our feline friends.
They discovered that the average cat spent about 12 hours of the day sleeping in one of several favourite locations, such as a bed where they could also keep an eye on their territory. The cats that lived in the city would cross paths with at least 10 other cats a day, whilst rural cats rarely saw other cats. City cats tended to have to deal with other intruders trying to enter their homes to steal food, and so why they contended with this, their rural counterparts would dedicate this time to hunting, killing an average of 5 prey a week.
The report concluded that the city cats tended to be more stressed than rural cats as they had to spend much of their time protecting what small territory they had. As well as defending their territory the cats would go to neighbouring gardens to go to the toilet to mark their territory. It was normally less than 300 yards from home, but they rarely went to the toilet in their own garden.
The main concern with the owners was road safety, the report discovered that cats near busy roads tended to avoid them completely as they are so noisy and busy. The cats living in quieter lanes where not as frightened of the roads and tended to cross them more, suggesting they were more likely to be involved in accidents. Out of all the cats 90% however, did not cross any busy roads during the eight days.
Next time your moggy goes out for a wander you might have a bit of a better idea on where they are going!