Cats have secrets. Or, if they don’t have secrets, they desire to have secrets. You can tell just by looking at them. It’s one of their traits that many cat lovers admire. You never know what they may be up to.
Amy Watts, discovered her striped tabby has a whole other family on the side. “They held open the door for him, and he walked in. He just hung out in the house.” She knows this because he was one of sixty cats to participate in a study done by Kerri Anne Loyd, a researcher at the University Georgia.
Loyd partnered with National Geographic Remote Imaging to equip outdoor cats with three ounce cams attached to their collar. The point of Loyd’s research is “to show cat owners what their cats really do outdoors, and to strongly suggest that indoor cats lead less perilous lives.” Loyd gathered more than 2,000 hours of kitty-cam footage which showed what outdoor cats experience when out roaming.
“We were surprised to see that 85 percent of our sample of 60 cats experienced at least one risk behavior in the course of a week. So that was a pretty high percentage,” Loyd said.
Project footage showed encounters with possums, hanging out under cars, ascending roofs, stalking chickens and even a cat’s eye view of the storm sewer.