MANY outdoor cats are renowned for choosing neighbours garden’s as their personal litter tray. Cats do this intentionally to mark the edges of what they consider to be their territory, researchers have discovered. Their territory is typically less than 300 yards from home.
GPS trackers and tiny cameras called ‘cat navs’ were fitted to nine cats over an eight-day period.
Town cats tend to be more stressed than their rural cousins as their territory is smaller so they spend much of their time protecting it against numerous rivals.
Cats living in towns crossed the path of at least 10 other felines a day. Half of those had to deal with rivals entering their homes to steal food.
Rural cats rarely came across other felines and so spent more time hunting, catching up to five mice, voles and small birds in a week.
The average moggy spends 12 hours a day snoozing, usually in a favourite spot where it can keep an eye on its territory. Ninety per cent of the cats in the study did not cross any busy roads during the eight days.
The study was published in a report for Bayer Animal Health called ‘The Secret Lives of Cats’.