Now that WiFi cameras are readily available, it’s no longer quite as big a secret what our house cats do when we’re not around, but what about cats who have access to the outdoors? Maren Huck, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Derby in the UK placed small cameras on 16 cats and followed them for up to 4 years as they prowled their neighborhoods. Though the study—co-authored by Samantha Watson, an animal behaviorist at Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom—was mostly done to gauge the accuracy of the technology, the duo has already made some surprising findings. Read more about the study on the Science Magazine website.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, Dr. Lynn Bahr answered reader questions, on Tuesday, we reviewed Jackson Galaxy’s new Cat Probiotics, on Wednesday, guest blogger Casey Hersch shared lessons in healing from her cat, on Thursday, we featured Pet Smoochies catnip stickers, and on Friday, we reviewed Rescue Meez: My Journey Through Siamese Rescue.

Today’s video features a lovely rescue story. Dean found Nala by the side of the road while he was biking through Bosnia. Now the pair are biking across the world together. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

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5 Comments on Mews and Nips: The Secret Life of Cats: What Do They Do When We’re Not Watching?

  1. One of my cat disappears the whole day and only comes to feed, she doesn’t even sleep in the house, i would love to know where she spends her days and nights.

  2. Very interesting, indeed, what our furry rascals do when we or no one else is observing them! Cats have a tendency to perform out of the ordinary stunts even when we’re watching, but one can only imagine what adventures they’re pursuing when we aren’t watching. Whatever it is, I hope they all stay safe and out of harm’s way.

  3. I would love to know what happened in my house Sunday night when the power was out. We tried to take the cats to a hotel with us, but Lulu freaked out so bad, we ended up bringing them back home. Ever since then, Lulu and Kiki have been hissing and growling every time they see each other.

    • Oh Janine, I’m so sorry! It sounds like they no longer recognize each other. I wonder whether Lulu’s freak out stressed Kiki out even more. You may need to separate them and re-introduce them to each other if things don’t improve. It’s such a distressing thing to have happen.

  4. What a nice video Dean made a special friend in Nala. Cats always make a great companion. Cats are never boring they are always doing something. Nala loves Dean. What a great bond.

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