Exposé: Researchers Use Collar Cameras To Document The Unexpectedly Wild Lives Of Indoor/Outdoor Cats
I dunno, I thought it was pretty common knowledge that a cat who's allowed outside will get into any and all the trouble it possibly can. I guess some cat owners just have a hard time accepting their precious little Mittens or Missy is out there running around killing things, hanging out in storm sewers, and having promiscuous sex with multiple partners. Come on, that's all cats do! (Plus sleep. Oooh -- and piss right next to the litter box if they feel you don't clean it often enough)
While only 30% of roaming house cats kill prey -- two animals a week on average -- they are still slaying more wildlife than previously believed, according to research from the University of Georgia.
The cats brought home just under a quarter of what they killed, ate 30% and left 49% to rot where they died.
Seeking a window into the hidden lives of cats, the researchers recruited 60 owners in the Athens, Ga., area. Each owner put a small video camera mounted on a break-away collar on the cat in the morning and let the cat out, then removed the camera and downloaded the footage each night. Each cat's activities were recorded for seven to 10 days. The cats usually spent four to six hours outside every day.
Cats aren't just a danger to others, they're also a danger to themselves. The cats in the study were seen engaging in such risky behavior as crossing roadways (45%), eating and drinking things they found (25%), exploring storm drains (20%) and entering crawl spaces where they could become trapped (20%).
And perhaps most disheartening? Four of the camera-wearing cats were discovered to be keeping entirely different human families on the side. Haha -- Macy only considers herself HALF your cat! Man, that's hurtful. You let her out and BOOM, she's cheating on you with some other crazy cat-lady.
Hit the jump for a video with some worthwhile cat-cam footage.
Thanks to Mycropht, Jonathan, Sputnikk and Evil Ares, who keep all their kitties inside because they heard a story of a chupacabra coming into someone's house through a cat-door once. They'll do that!