A Cat's Eye View of His World
Do you ever wonder what cats do all day? When they are outside on their own do they rendezvous with a romantic interest, visit feline friends, annoy the neighborhood dog bully, chase squirrels? And what do they do around the house all day?
Seattle filmmakers Michael and Deirdre Cross know exactly what their cat, Cooper, has been up to. They put a miniature digital camera around Cooper's neck one day each week for a year -- a camera programmed to snap a shot every two minutes. To see some of Cooper's work, look at The Cat Cam flickr collection of photos. When he is roaming the neighborhood, he sees flamingos standing in the yard, freshly-fallen-snow covered bushes, and he sees his master taking his photo. Inside Cooper looks up in the kitchen at the cupboard that holds his treats, he gazes out the window watching the rain fall, and he sees a lot of his owners' legs. They also got some interesting photos like the artful streaks of light taken during a mid-air leap into the Christmas tree. If you've ever wondered what the world looks like from a cat's perspective, Cooper will give you some good insight.
Cooper, formerly a stray, adopted the Crosses three years ago and has managed to teach them a lot about what is art and how is it interpreted. Learn more about Cooper's story which aired on Animal Planet's CATS 101 (episode 1 originally aired Dec 6, 2008) -- check the schedule for reruns.
If you'd like to try this on your cat, look at Mr. Lee -- Spy Camera for Cats. I'm not going to do this as my cat is old enough that there is no mystery what she does all day -- nap (err... at least that is what I think)!