A Day in the Life of a Cat


If you’ve ever wondered ‘what do cats do all day?’, you’re not alone. We decided to spend a day filming our Maine Coon, Mona, to see what she actually gets up to.

The result of our day’s filming can be seen here in this video, we’ve even used top-secret technology so you can actually hear Mona’s thoughts – and they are amazing.

Anyway, we really hope you enjoy our little video, A Day in the Life of a Cat, which was lots of fun to make. If you do, please make Mona very happy by subscribing to our YouTube channel and ringing the bell to be sure you don’t miss any of her future videos.

As cats are reported to sleep for 12 to 16 hours out of every 24, we were especially interested to capture this. Mona sometimes starts off by sleeping with us at night but then she takes herself off and then who knows what she gets up to. We were lucky she actually slept where we placed the night vision camera on this occasion!

What do cats do all day (and night)?

Cats have lovely lives. They are doted on by their humans and generally want for nothing. Many people believe themselves to be cat owners but the truth is, cats are the owners and we are the pets!

Most of the things a cat does fit neatly into one of these 6:

  • Sleeping
  • Eating
  • Playing
  • Exploring
  • Staring
  • Lounging

Sleeping

Cats love their sleep. They usually prefer a warm,comfortable spot, however, the kitchen table will do.

A day in the life of a cat: cats will sleep anywhere

Another favorite sleeping spot is, of course, their owner’s bed. It probably isn’t worth buying a purpose-made cat bed.

When it comes to the number of hours cats spend asleep, well, it varies wildly. Mona slept a lot less than the average on the day we filmed her, but the next day she slept literally hours more.

Eating

Some cats eat at set meal times imposed by their owners and others are free fed. Mona tells us when she’s hungry. She teleports into the kitchen from anywhere in the house as soon as I enter it.

This morning she bashed at her bag of dry food to inform me that she wanted some.

Playing

Cats are ever playful if you take the time to encourage them. Don’t think for one minute that your off the hook as soon as they become adults. You should still get down on your hands and knees and encourage them to chase feathers, wands, toy mice or whatever their toy of choice is.

Occasionally, your cat might not be in the mood to play but that doesn’t mean it’s time to donate its toys to goodwill.

A day in the life of a cat: they play a lot, given the chance

Exploring

Cats love new things. A soon as a package is delivered, the box is considered their property. Outdoor cats will prowl around their territory and wander further if they are not well-fenced in.

Open doors on sheds and garages are very tempting to cats and they can sometimes find themselves locked in. Bear this in mind if your cat ever goes missing.

Staring

Cats love a good stare. They will watch us or gaze out of windows for hours at a time. It’s because they are inquisitive and love to know what’s going on. Always ensure your cat can view the outside world, especially if you’re out a lot.

Cats love to follow us around and watch what we’re doing, we’re not even safe in the bathroom.

A day in the life of a cat: they love looking out of windows

Lounging

Cats often look asleep when they’re not. They love to rest throughout the day but in this state, are ready for action at any time. You’ll notice their ears are twitching at every sound which means they are registering everything that’s going on around them.

A day in the life of a cat: Conclusion

What a cat gets up to varies from day to day and can also be very dependent on the weather. On a hot day, a cat may rest and sleep a lot more. On a cold day, it may also find a cozy place in front of a fire and sleep there for hours.

If you ever get an opportunity, try setting up a few cameras to capture your cat’s activities. the results may surprise you!

Jane

I'm Jane Pettitt, co-owner of Pets Knowledge Base with my husband, Matt. I have a grand total of 50 years’ experience as a pet owner. It all started with a guinea pig called Percy when I was 5 years old and since then I’ve lived with two more guinea pigs, a hamster, mice, a rabbit, a tortoise, a dog, and 11 cats. I’ve learned so much about pet care during this time and many of my articles are based on my personal experiences plus those of my family and friends.

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