What Do Cats Do All Day?

Your cat is home alone for many hours while you are out in the world, working, running errands, living your human life. But what is a cats life like? What do they do all day inside?

A stray cat may be more active at night, but only because it has adapted to hunt the nighttime prey of rats and mice. You will likely be woken up in the early hours of the morning to the pitter-patter of your cat running around your home or jumping on and off your bed.

In the evening, an outdoor cat will perform his hunts as the sun goes down, returning home when the darkness has fallen, often bringing you a gift when he does. Your pet will likely move to the food bowl and sit there eating until the entire thing is empty before he takes another nap to recuperate. Whether that involves gnawing on containers or knocking treat bags off the counter, theyll make sure you havent left anything unsecured.

Strictly indoor cats will also explore their territory, making the rounds of the bedrooms and searching for interesting items in the basement. Even if a feline was leisurely exploring an area, the relaxing stroll would quickly turn into an adrenaline-filled hunt if they happened upon a mouse or small bird. Farmers love having a few tough cats around to keep the mice out of their horse stalls and the vermin out of their vegetation.

Indoor cats can hunt as well; every wandering spider or buzzing fly is at risk of violent death with a feline around. These items are usually arbitrary to humans, like a bottlecap or the plastic tab of milk jugs, but they are prized possessions to a cat. Bottle caps Elastic bands Plastic tags from beverages and bread bags Jewelry/beads Coins Chapsticks Dog/kids toys Receipts/lose papers Christmas ornaments Pens Straws Socks

If your cat is not the only pet in the home, you can bet that they spend a good portion of their day interacting with other animals, for better or for worse. If you come home to find your dog has a new scratch on his nose and your feline is looking extra smug, theres no big mystery what happened there.

Do cats get bored sitting around all day?

Inactivity. It’s totally normal for cats to spend lots of time napping. However, they also need to enjoy periods of activity like playing, play-hunting, climbing, and exploring. If your cat never seems to leave the couch or seems glum and mopey, it could be that she is bored.

What does cats do during the day?

Most domesticated cats have schedules like ours, sleeping for most of the night and hanging with us during the day. But your cat might be keeping to his ancient roots, acting as a predator at night, and sleeping it off during the day.

What do cats do when they are out all day?

Cats that wander outside after dark like to explore the terrain and claim new territory. With fewer people on the streets, cats can roam with greater freedom. Cats hunt at night as many prey animals are nocturnal. Some cats will seem to hide from other more dominant pets, while others will search for a new mate.

Are cats happy inside all day?

The bottom line is most cats can be totally happy living indoors – but owners need to put in the effort to provide for their environmental and behavioural needs.

The answer to this question varies from cat to cat. Some are extremely lazy and will almost sleep the entire time youre out (who can blame them hah), while some go about their daily chores as Ill explain in this article.

If your cat bothers you at night when youre trying to sleep, its usually because they slept all day and want to play. Ok, Im not sure about the daydreaming part, but most cats will spend a lot of time looking out of the window during the day.

Cats have a lot of fast-twitch muscles and will feel the need to use some explosive energy at times. But my other cat is a grazer and likes to visit her bowl several times a day. Cats may not greet you with the same enthusiasm as a dog does when you come through the door, but they are happy to see you trust me.

They also have body clocks and that intuitive sense of whats happening and at what times of the day. Cats are great companions for people with busy lives and while they dont need the kind of attention a dog typically does, they do need some stimulation and love social interaction. However, if your cat is really lazy and sleeping or laying down almost all day and night this is usually a sign that theyre bored and becoming demotivated.

If youre sure your cat is bored there are a few things you can do to help provide some stimulation while youre out all day: Build a Fun Area Cats love exploring, climbing, being up high, and playing in general. So why not fork out for a really good cat tree , some toys , or build some obstacles for your kitty to play with when youre out.

I hope this article has helped to give you a better insight into what your cat gets up too while youre out all day. Plus, some useful tips to help kill the boredom so you have a happy and healthy indoors cat that has a great day without you, and an even better time when youre home.

While the average cat owner may think they know what they cat does at home while they are away, Purina Friskies decided they would design a study to reveal exactly how cats spend their time alone.

Each cat’s owner uploaded their most interesting photos to a special Friskies website page each night. By studying the collection of photos Purina animal behavior scientist Dr. Jill Villarreal was able to draw some surprising new conclusions about how our kitties fare when they’re left to their own devices.

52 percent of owners think their cat spends a significant amount of time eating. The feline “repurrters” revealed not only what cats do, but also how they view and experience the world around them when they’re home alone. This is
likely due to the cat’s natural prey instinct to focus in on moving objects.

Sleep

The thing your cat does most throughout the day is sleep. Cats sleep an average of 15 hours a day, and much of this occurs when you are at work. You’ll often return home to see your cat slink out from underneath a bed or couch, stretching as they greet you at the door. Your cat is usually waking up from a nap when you get home because their most active times are when the sun rises and falls.Contrary to popular belief, cats are not nocturnal. A stray cat may be more active at night, but only because it has adapted to hunt the nighttime prey of rats and mice.Felines are crepuscular, not nocturnal; they are most active at dawn and dusk. You will likely be woken up in the early hours of the morning to the pitter-patter of your cat running around your home or jumping on and off your bed. In the evening, an outdoor cat will perform his hunts as the sun goes down, returning home when the darkness has fallen, often bringing you a ‘gift’ when he does.

Eat

When your cat isn’t sleeping, they may very well be eating. This is especially true if you free-feed your cat. Free-feeding consists of leaving food out all the time instead of dispensing it at particular times of the day. Your pet will likely move to the food bowl and sit there eating until the entire thing is empty before he takes another nap to recuperate.If you don’t free-feed your furry friend, they will likely spend some of the days trying to get food. Whether that involves gnawing on containers or knocking treat bags off the counter, they’ll make sure you haven’t left anything unsecured.

Explore

House cats love to explore and spend a good portion of their day doing so. This is especially true for indoor/outdoor cats, no matter where they live. If they live on a farm, they will spend the day chasing rodents and wandering throughout the fields and barn structures. If they live in an urban area, they will peer under cars and slink through the neighbors’ yards.Strictly indoor cats will also explore their territory, making the rounds of the bedrooms and searching for interesting items in the basement. The larger your house, the more grand adventures your cat will go on throughout the day.

Hunt

Hunting and exploring are synonymous when it comes to cats. Even if a feline was leisurely exploring an area, the relaxing stroll would quickly turn into an adrenaline-filled hunt if they happened upon a mouse or small bird.While cats have a high prey-drive for small creatures, it’s less likely that a cat will hunt and kill a bird than a rodent. Cats are much more prone to stalk a small mammal or even an insect. Farmer’s love having a few tough cats around to keep the mice out of their horse stalls and the vermin out of their vegetation. Indoor cats can hunt as well; every wandering spider or buzzing fly is at risk of violent death with a feline around.

Observe

One thing you might not know about your pet is that they have a secret collection. Not all cats do this, but many felines are hoarders. Like crows attracted to shiny objects, many cats collect items that they like, for one reason or another.Where do they keep these things? In a hiding place that they deem safe. This spot is usually partially hidden or compact enough that it’s only easily accessible by the cat. These stockpiles are often found under beds, couches, or in closets where the animal likes to sleep.While you are at work, your pet will take a sweep of the house, looking for any newfound objects to add to their collection. You might find your feline’s cache by accident, or when you perform your spring cleaning, or you may never find it. An indoor/outdoor cat could keep their items in a pile below the porch or even bury them in the garden.These items are usually arbitrary to humans, like a bottlecap or the plastic tab of milk jugs, but they are prized possessions to a cat. Some of the most common items that cats collect are:

Interact With Other Animals in the Home

If your cat is not the only pet in the home, you can bet that they spend a good portion of their day interacting with other animals, for better or for worse.You might have another cat, and the two like to snuggle up and take cat naps together, or you may have a dog that likes to give chase. At some point, the animals in the home will get bored of looking out of the window alone and will interact with each other. If you come home to find your dog has a new scratch on his nose and your feline is looking extra smug, there’s no big mystery what happened there.While leaving cats and dogs alone has some concerns, other animals are at much greater risk if left alone with a kitty. Guinea pigs, hamsters, budgies, and fish can go from ‘housemate’ to ‘hunted’ in a split second. Cats have also been known to fall into fish tanks or knock them over completely, killing the fish and cutting the cat with broken glass.If you’re going to leave your furry (and fishy) friends home alone together, make sure that they either get along or are strong enough to defend themselves if an altercation arises. A dog with a scratch on his nose is one thing, but a hamster fighting a cat is not likely to get away with just a small scrape.You can also buy toys that simulate hunting to keep your cat distracted, though they aren’t likely to keep their mind off of the real thing if it’s nearby.

Summary

Cats are curious creatures that love to explore, hunt, and watch the world go by. If your cat isn’t looking for food or new treasures to add to their collection, then they are most likely sleeping in the warmest spot they could find. Cats spend most of their day snoozing in sun-streams, warm piles of laundry, or near heating fixtures.

They Check What’s Different

Ever noticed how cats look into different rooms or pace around throughout the day when you’re there? Often asking to go into rooms they have no reason to go into?Cats map out their surroundings in their minds. They like to then do their ‘rounds’ and check what’s moved, what’s new, and investigate anything that’s changed since the last time they checked.

They Mark Their Territory with Their Scent

Cat’s also leave their scent everywhere they do when they are doing their rounds. You may have also seen them doing this without paying much attention.When they rub against items of furniture with their bodies, their mouths, or roll around they are leaving their scent to make any other cats aware your house is actually theirs.

They Sleep (A Lot!)

Cats sleep betweenIf your cat bothers you at night when you’re trying to sleep, it’s usually because they slept all day and want to play.

They Burn off Some Excess Energy

All that sleeping and relaxing doesn’t come without the occasional burst of energy. Ever seen your cats run up and down stairs or chase something like crazy for a few minutes?This is them burning off some built-up energy. Cats have a lot of fast-twitch muscles and will feel the need to use some explosive energy at times.

They Eat and Drink of Course

I hope you left some food and water out because if you’re out 8 hours or so at work your cat is going to want something to nibble on and some fresh water to drink.Unless you have a cat like one of mine, she eats everything and anything the moment I drop it in her bowl. But my other cat is a grazer and likes to visit her bowl several times a day.

They Learn to Expect You Home

Cat’s may not greet you with the same enthusiasm as a dog does when you come through the door,They also have body clocks and that intuitive sense of what’s happening and at what times of the day. So if you return at the same time each day they will be well aware you’re due, whether or not they show it.

Is My Cat Bored During the Day?

Cat’s are great companions for people with busy lives and while they don’t need the kind of attention a dog typically does, they do need some stimulation and love social interaction.If you’re concerned your cat is getting bored during the day when you’re out, here are some signs to look out for:However, if your cat is really lazy and sleeping or laying down almost all day and night this is usually a sign that they’re bored and becoming demotivated.Giving them a regular brush and some fussing is often enough to get them back into a good grooming schedule and pick up their spirits.Having an overweight kitty is only going to lead to more issues so this needs to be addressed pretty quickly.I think you’ll agree than chasing and ripping up cat toys is a lot more mutually beneficial than ripping furniture or knocking things off shelves.