Have you ever wondered what your cat does when you're not home? What do you think your cat does all day?

#1 Cat nap

It's a fact—cats are known for the long hours that they spend sleeping! Did you know that some cats can sleep up to 18 hours a day? When cats spend that much of their time sleeping, their day goes by quickly! It's possible that your cat didn't even notice that you left! 

#2 Eat

Even though cats have been domesticated, they've kept their hunting instincts and habits. For example, many cats eat several small meals throughout the day. When you're not home, your cat is probably eating some food from time to time.

#3 Observe the outdoors

Have you ever seen your cat sit by the edge of the window to observe the outside world? Unsurprisingly, cats even do this when their owners aren't home. Cats are naturally curious animals! For this reason, things that are going on outside of your house interest them a lot. It's a way for them to ensure that they are safe. In addition, it helps time fly by while they're waiting for you to return home. 

 #4 Search for comfort

As we mentioned earlier, cats spend most of their day sleeping. Therefore, it's normal for your furry friend to search for a comfortable area to sleep. Whether it be on your bed, on the couch, or in the sink, your cat will make sure that they find the best place for their cat nap

Cats take nap in a hammock

#5 Exercise

Whether it be in your house or in your backyard—cats love running around in these areas. Because cats sleep so much, they have a lot of pent up energy. They can spend their day running, jumping, climbing, or coming up with their own obstacle course to get in their daily exercise.

#6 Hunt

As we mentioned earlier, even though cats have been domesticated, they are still hunters. Anything that looks like prey is prone to wake up their instincts. Whether it be a fish in an aquarium in the living room, a bird in the garden, or a ball of paper that is sitting somewhere in the housecats love hunting.

#7 Mark their territory

Cats like to leave their scent everywhere to feel good in their territory. When you aren't there, your cat is likely going around the house and rubbing themselves on all the furniture to spread their scent.

#8 Scratch

If your cat can't shorten their claws naturally outdoors, they will instead scratch furniture, the walls, or any other surface that could help them shorten their claws. It is best if you have a scratching post or cat tree for your cat to scratch.

#9 Play

Even when cats are alone, they find different ways to play on their own. For example, their shadow can be their best playmate and they can have the best time playing with things as simple as a bottle cap. If you want to know what kind of toys your cat can play with, check out this article.

Originally written by Fabien Osten (Yummypets) and translated by Jennifer Eubank (Yummypets). 

What do you think your cat does when you're not home?

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