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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cat naps

Steve Mirsky has a podcast explaining that even cats kept as domestic pets roam far and wide – just under 5 acres on average.  But that isn’t what struck me:

Owned cats with homes roamed way less than their feral counterparts. But they still averaged a range of just under five acres. The pets were highly active just three percent of the time, compared with 14 percent for the cats that need to find their own food.

Highly active just 3% of the time.  This will come as no surprise to anyone who has watched cats sleep endlessly.

Many years ago, both cats and man developed the ability to feed themselves in only a fraction of a day.  Men developed civilization, poetry, science – and slavery, war, and the exploitation of their own species.  Cats used the extra time to sleep. Who made the better choice?

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