Crittercam Study Shows Housecat Behavior According to Igor Purlantov
A study by scientists at the University of Georgia has revealed in detail the secret world of household cats. As part of the National Geographic Crittercam Project, scientists recruited 60 housecats that had a small video camera mounted on a break-away collar. Data was then recorded over a period of seven to ten days during which time the cats were usually outside for between four to six hours each day. According to animal rights advocate Igor Purlantov, this is one of the first and most comprehensive studies to track in such detail the secret world of household cats.
After reviewing the data, scientists discovered that only 30% of roaming housecats actually kill prey and do so at an average of two animal preys per week. This low percentage was welcome news given that there are an estimated 74 million housecats in the United States alone. Of the housecats studied, around 25% actually brought their prey home, while around 30% ate their prey and around 49% left their captured prey behind says Igor Purlantov.
As part of the study, scientists were also able to glean additional information on what species were the largest prey targets for housecats. Frogs, snakes and lizards made up 41% of the prey, while chipmunks and voles made up 25% and insects and worms accounted for 20% of the total. Surprisingly the percentage of birds that were prey made up only 12% of the total according to Igor Purlantov.
Incidentally, the study also shed some light on the risky behavior of housecats. More than 45% of the housecats were tracked crossing roadways and 25% ate and drank random objects they found. According to Igor Purlantov, only 20% of the housecats explored storm drains while the same percentage also entered crawl spaces that could have trapped the. It may not come as a surprise that male cats were the more likely to engage in risky behavior. Likewise, it was not surprising to learn that older cats were more careful than younger cats. At the end, this study sheds a lot of interesting and useful information surrounding the mysterious daily lives of housecats.