Little Cat Diaries

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Horizon, 2012-2013 Episode 13 of 18

Duration: 30 minutes

In The Secret Life of the Cat, 50 cats were fitted with GPS collars to track their every movement, and cat-cams to record their unique view of the world. In this groundbreaking experiment, a few cats stood out.

They include the intruder cat, an unneutered tomcat, who comes into the village and seems to have no owner; the hunter, who prefers food that he can catch and kill to anything his owners might buy him; and the deserter cat who has abandoned his home in favour of a new set of owners.

This film reveals that the relationship between cats and their owners isn't quite what we imagine.

  • Captured on cat cam

    Feline standoff
    Ginger and another cat use hissing, growling and yowling to keep distance from each other.
  • Meet the cat experts

    Cat experts Dr John Bradshaw, Dr Sarah Ellis and Prof Alan Wilson

    Dr John Bradshaw has written over 100 research papers and book chapters on the behaviour and welfare of domestic cats and dogs, and their relationships with people.

  • GPS and cat cam technology

    Cats with camera/tracking collars

    Our GPS units can decipher the positions of the cats to within tens of centimetres, while lightweight cat cams record their every move.

  • Why do cats purr?

    Cat at feeding bowl
    Adult cats that live in the wild rarely purr at all, so why do our domestic moggies purr so much? Helped by her own cat Pepo and some human volunteers, Dr Karen McComb led research to find out.
  • The cat owner’s story

    Catherine Edwards
    Our cats’ behaviour surprised the experts.They were expecting a lot more tension between six cats in one household.


Series Editor
Aidan Laverty
Series Producer
Zoe Heron
Helen Sage
Helen Sage
Olly Bootle


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