What does your cat get up to in winter?

One of the things I love about winter is the cuddliness of cats. I know they are only after the warmth, but there is something very cosy about having a purring cat on your lap on a cold winter’s day.

The search for warmth is an obvious bit of cat behaviour, but the other things they get up to can be a bit of a mystery. Why do cats seem to go a bit crazy in the evening? (probably just high spirits, unless they have a flea bite somewhere they can’t scratch).

Why do cats stare at you then look away? (It’s polite. Continued staring is domination behaviour) Why do they always want to sit on the newspaper or book you are reading? (You are staring fixedly at it. This is an invitation to sit there) and what do they get up to when they take their little outings?

To answer this last question researchers in Britain recently  put tracking devices on the cats in a village, then watched to see what they got up to. You can get a look at what they did after they left the house.

To learn more about cat behaviour try our collection of useful books on the subject.

Tell us what your cat gets up to in winter.

5 thoughts on “What does your cat get up to in winter?

  1. Cassie 20 June 2013 / 10:14 am

    The things I learn from reading blogs. Thank you for educating me. : ) I might have to read this one just to see what my cats are thinking.

  2. purplerulzpurplerulz 20 June 2013 / 10:25 am

    Our two love sleeping in our ensuite in the winter because of the under-floor heating. I’m always amazed when I turn it on each year how the first one figures out they are on. He is there in less than 24 hours! He has been doing this for years and now the other cat has worked it out too. It’s a real pain each morning when I go in to brush my teeth or if I need the facilities in the night. I have to navigate around them because they are not budging for anyone… one is curled up hard against the toilet bowl and the other under the sink!

  3. Marion 20 June 2013 / 2:49 pm

    Chief log burner output monitor. Even when at the farthest points of the garden the cat will be inside as soon as the fire is lit and if we let it go down she comes to complain to us. It’s a cat vocation.

  4. Gallivanta 20 June 2013 / 4:10 pm

    Why cats are crazy in the evening? Possibly because their behaviour is crepuscular. Vespertine crepuscular. Fleas also a possibility 😀

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