The Loh Down On Science

Cat Vision

You've heard of a bird's-eye view, what about a cat's-eye view?

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science

And the University of Georgia's Kitty Cams Project. The project's researchers wondered, What do our cats really do outdoors?

To find out, they attached video cameras to sixty cats' collars at various times over one year. Besides a great view of the cats' chins, here's what two-thousand hours of video revealed:

Surprise, surprise: the furballs spent most of their time chillaxing. But they also explored. Yards, roofs--even sewers and storm drains. Bad kitties! Other risky behavior? Crossing roads, fighting, and eating toxic things. Young males were generally the worst offenders. No!

Almost half the cats did some hunting. Lizards and chipmunk-like critters called voles were their faves. Frogs and snakes?  Popular too. Birds were the least common prey species, though one cat did like to watch chickens. Honest.

You can watch Kitty Cam videos online.  Call it a new, funner kind of ... Cat scan!

The Loh Down on Science is produced by LDOS Media Lab, with 89.3 KPCC Pasadena, California. And made possible by the generous support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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