Feline Film Footage Reveals The Secrets of Cats' Lives

 |  Dec 16th 2010  |   1 Contribution


This chart shows the research team's findings: cats spend almost half their time playing and almost 30 percent of their time socializing with other cats.

Exactly what does a cat do with its day when left to its own devices?

Most cat owners probably assume that their feline companions spend all their "alone time" sleeping. But a recently released video proves that cats actually spend much more time playing and exploring than they do sleeping.

The filmmakers chose 25 male and female cats "from a variety of living arrangements"from across the US to capture daily footage for five days. They attached tiny HD video cameras to the cats' collars and set the cats loose to go about their normal lives.

Among the feline documentarians were Charlene Butterbean from Tacoma, Wash.; Worthington P. Whiskers of Bloomfield, N.J.;CootiePaTootie of Waycross; Ga.; and fellow Catster blogger Skeezix the Cat. (Short bios of the participants can be found here.)

These "rePURRters" and their owners were not paid to participate in the feline focus group, but Friskies did provide cat video camera kits to each "to facilitate collecting and uploading videos."

The footage revealed, among other things, a lot of exploration, inside and outside, as well as play fighting with their feline companions, and hunting expeditions in which bugs are valiantly vanquished.

Friskies cat food, the underwriter of the film, chose Los Angeles based director/producer Erik Denno and editor/director Jason Farrell to produce and edit the film. They took the hours of video and boiled them down to a four-minute documentary, "Cat Diaries: The First Ever Movie Filmed by Cats."

The video debuted in early December with a red-carpet event at The Grove's Pacific Theatre in Los Angeles.

The feline documentary trend began two years ago with Cooper the Cat, whose owners equipped his collar with a mini-camera programmed to take photos throughout the day, one day a week, for a year. Cooper's "day in the life" pictures got a photo exhibit, and he became an internet celebrity.

In 2009, Purina animal behaviorist Dr. Jill Villarreal followed in Cooper's paw-steps and set a clowder of 50 cats loose in their own worlds with digital-camera collars. Her project resulted in a paper called The Scratchington Post, which she referred to as "a cat's-eye view of the world." Her findings from the still-picture project inspired the filming of "Cat Diaries."

Villarreal says she analyzed the footage to draw conclusions about the daily adventures of cats. The material proved to her what many cat people already knew: "thatcats truly are social beings."

[Source: Technolog on msnbc.com]

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