With more than 2.4 million cats in Australia, they are an important part of many Australian families. However, a recent national survey reveals the majority of us are perhaps unaware of the truth behind the curious lives of our cats.
To find out how much cat owners really know about our pets, Royal Canin, experts in precision nutrition for cats and dogs, conducted a nationwide survey asking owners to help shed light on the relationship they have with their cats. The survey uncovered some common held myths, as well as revealed interesting insights into the eating, sleeping and other daily habits of our feline companions.
Royal Canin Pet Nutrition Advisor, Casey Gill said that while Australians really do care a lot for their cats, with 66 per cent of owners thinking about their cats’ level of happiness on a weekly basis, there were some common misconceptions around cats, especially when it comes to what we feed them.
Key survey findings included:
- 36% of cat owners surveyed said they make sure their cat gets exercise
- 80% of Australian cat owners surveyed consider flavour to be the most important factor when buying food for cats
Casey Gill commented that it is not surprising we go for flavour when thinking about food for our pets, but said that what our cats are really looking for in an ‘appealing’ meal is smell and texture.
“While cat owners’ hearts are in the right place, cats have less than 500 taste buds, as opposed to 10,000 in humans, so while the taste of food is important to humans, it’s just not the case for cats,” Gill said.
“Pet food companies like ours have been producing tailor-made products for pets for decades, as it is a well-researched fact that the lifestyle, breed, age, neutering status and health of cats should determine what they are fed.”
“When it comes to thinking about the behaviours of our cats, interestingly 89% of cat owners think their cats spend most of their time eating. While some cats can sleep for 15-18 hours a day other cats have a natural tendency to be more social and spend a great deal of their time playing – and if they get the chance, socialising either with their owners or other cats.”
Other insights uncovered in the survey around people’s perception of cat behaviour include:
- On a daily basis, at least four in five cat owners are most likely to pet and cuddle their cats
- On average, Australian cat owners believe their cats are sleeping 15.6 hours in a typical 24-hour period
- Almost all owners think their cats spend the most time sleeping during the day
- On average, Australian cat owners believe their cats are snacking/nibbling 4.3 times a day