If you thought your cat was lazy when you leave him home alone, you’ll be surprised to learn that he may actually be quite industrious. A new study has revealed that when cats are left to their own devices, they engage in a variety of activities, including napping, exploring, playing and grooming.
The study, conducted by the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, monitored 42 cats via GPS collars and video cameras to see how they spent their time when left home alone. The results showed that cats sleep for an average of 12.5 hours per day, with the majority of their naps occurring during the day while their owners are at work or school.
However, cats are not entirely inactive when left to their own devices. The study found that cats engaged in a variety of activities, including exploring their homes, playing with toys, grooming themselves and even eating.
Interestingly, the study found that male cats were more likely to be active when left home alone than female cats. This difference was most pronounced when it came to playing with toys, with males engaging in this activity for an average of three minutes per hour, while females only played with toys for an average of one minute per hour.
So, if you come home to find your couch shredded or your favorite pair of shoes chewed up, don’t be too quick to blame your cat. It’s likely that he was just trying to stay entertained while you were away.