Today sees the launch of a brand new series of Simon’s Cat videos, created in conjunction with the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, Cats Protection, to shed some light on the behaviour of our much-loved moggies.
Since first appearing online in 2008, Simon’s Cat has attracted a worldwide fan-base with a series of short cartoons and books charting the antics of its title character.
Simon’s Cat Logic is a series of short videos featuring Cats Protection’s Behaviour Manager, Nicky Trevorrow, that explain why cats behave in the way Simon’s Cat does in his popular cartoons and videos. The first video in the series, called Crazy Time, looks at the ‘crazy five minutes’ that will be familiar to most cat owners.
Nicky explains that the domestic cat shares common ancestry with the African wildcat which has a number of hunting episodes a day, whereas our pet cats have a more sedate lifestyle so need to burn off excess energy.
The hunting instinct is often triggered by movement, so toys that move, such as fishing rod toys with feathers, are a useful way to provide pet cats with this outlet. Owners are advised to always let their cat catch and ‘kill’ the toy to avoid frustration.
Many owners may not be aware that hunting behaviour is not influenced by hunger, which is why a cat will hunt even after eating. Each part of the hunting activity – the stalk, pounce, play and kill – releases feel-good hormones called endorphins so it’s fun for both the cat and the owner!
Nicky said: “It was great to work with the Simon’s Cat team again and have the opportunity to provide useful information to cat owners in a fun and informative way.”
To view the Crazy Time video click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lisncxkbHfc
Cat lovers can join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #SimonsCatLogic.
For a range of cat care information please visit www.cats.org.uk