There are millions of homes across the UK Â that enjoy one or more cats as pets in their family home.
But as every cat owner, or neighbour of a cat owner knows, these incredibly independent feline animals can be the source of many heated over-the-fence disputes with the person living next door about where the cat chooses to fall-foul.
If you have ever wondered why a cat doesn’t use its own garden as a litter tray then ask no more.
The evidence is revealed after researchers fitted nine pet cats with a tiny camera nicknamed the Cat-Nav which has 150 hours of camera footage and 768 hours of GPS tracking.
It is now known from monitoring the pets with the Cat-Nav, the reason that Britain’s most popular pet picks to foul their neighbouring garden is entirely done on purpose by the cat to mark what they consider to be the border of their territory, or approximately 300 yards from home.
“Territorial marking could be a serious dispute between neighbours.
“If you are not careful it can lead to falling out and even people moving.
“If you have a tiny garden and if you don’t want to fall out with your neighbours, it is important to leave an area of loose soil at the end of the garden which you can clean when needed”. advises Animal Behaviourist Roger Taylor.
The study revealed that cats that dwell in city homes suffer far more stress that their country relatives due to limited territorial space and are forced to spend much more of their time protecting it from rivals.
Research also showed that city cats come into contact with other felines up to ten times a day, more than half of these occur when the cat has to protect itself from a rival entering their homes to steal their food.
Very unlike the predicament of the city cat, the rural cat enjoys having far more space and freedom ,it very rarely comes into contact with other rivals and is free to spend more of its time hunting and catching around five mice and birds in one week.
During the eight days of Cat-Nav monitoring by the experts and extensive studying, 90 per cent of many cats were clever enough not cross any busy main roads despite many of their owners feeling worried about their pet cats being knocked down by a car.
Now all that is left to know about the pet cat, or neighbours cat,is that it likes nothing more than to find a nice, warm, comfortable spot after they have been well-fed, not too far from where they can see their territory, snuggle up and enjoy an average of 12 hours rest during each day.