What Do Cats Do All Day? Cat Behavior Explained – KittySensations

What Do Cats Do All Day? Cat Behavior Explained

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Have you ever wondered what happens after you leave for work and your cat stays behind? What is your cat doing when you are not at home? Well worry no more: In this article we will explain the daily routine of your cat and what it is doing while you are gone. Please don’t let your cat sit next to you while reading this, it may feel like its privacy is being violated! 😉

1. Cats sleep a lot

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Cats are sleeping a lot during the day. There are multiple interesting reasons for this, but the important take away is that they sleep between 12 to 16 hours on a normal day. This video shows that they are incredibly cute while doing so though!

So, if you are having troubles getting up in the morning and wish you could go have some more sleep, maybe it comforts you that your cat is doing exactly that: Getting back to sleeping after you leave the house. You might aswell say ‘Good night, sweetie’ as your last words upon leaving.

2. Cats explore and hoard

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Cats are incredibly curious about literally anything. Once you leave, they first make sure you are not around anymore by sniffing and listening for a couple of minutes.

After they have observed the situation successfully, they then start their secret exploration missions: They walk around the house and check for things that are laying around or that you threw on the floor. Is that a bottle cap that you accidently dropped this morning?

Guess what...

You won’t find that when you come home. Cats usually have a secret stash of objects they cherish and regularly update with things like that bottle cap.

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Typical spots are: Beneath the couch, behind a wardrobe or in between furniture. Don’t believe us? Move your couch a little bit and see if your cat has some objects hidden away. Chances are pretty high it has.

3. Cats hunt

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Cats used to be predators and although they don’t need the food anymore because of you, they continue to live out their ancestor’s ways of life. If you are allowing your cat outside by building a cat flap into your door, it will most certainly be used for a daily hunt.

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Therefore, it is important to play a lot and simulate a hunt with a cat that is exclusively held indoors.

Buy a little toy mouse and run through the house with it to make your cat chase it or if you want to invest a little more: There are remotely controlled, animal-like toys that you can maneuver through the house with your smartphone.

This way you can get your cat to use up its energy they have gained through sleeping and bring some joy in its life.


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4. Cats wait for you

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Did you ever wonder whether cats miss you while you are gone? In short: They most-likely do.

But you probably knew that already because of your cat’s behavior towards you after you return from work. You may see your cat watching your yard or garage when returning from home.

It does that because it’s looking forward to seeing you again! Isn’t that a comforting feeling? While you are at work, typing away on that keyboard, there is somebody waiting for you at home. It wishes to be with you on your work.

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Oh, and to the people who say that this isn’t true and that cats don’t care about you at all...

Read this:

Cat owners around the world have known the following for years, but now a study found out that they are way more social and emotional than they are often given credit for. It’s nice to see science backing up facts that we already have felt in our hearts for so long. 

5. Cats get bored

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Just like humans, cats can get bored. If you are gone a lot of times, your cat may start to feel a little down because there isn’t anybody to play or cuddle with.

In this case, cats just lay around literally not doing anything. Therefore, it is important that once you are home you spend time with your cat!

Play, cuddle and take pictures of your cat. It just wants some attention from time to time, so make sure you do all these things – your cat needs it!

Who knows, maybe you can open up an Instagram account and make your cat become one of the most famous cats on the planet?


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6. Cats eat

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This may be an obvious one but bear with us here. Upon ensuring that you are gone, your cat knows that it can eat completely in peace.

Don’t get us wrong...

You are not annoying your cat or making it nervous but when it knows it is alone, your cat is simply more at ease during its feast. This, again, comes down to your cat descending from predators.

In nature, there are always contestants to a slayed meal that you need to detect and fight off. When your cat knows there aren’t any enemies around, it is eating in a more relaxed way.

7. Cats welcome you

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As soon as your cat hears your footsteps coming up the yard, it usually prepares for a nice welcome. You will often notice your cat coming up to the door or into the kitchen immediately after you return from work.

This is not a coincidence:

As mentioned before, your cat is way more social and emotionally attached to you than you may think. It is definitely looking forward to meeting you all day and when the magic moment is finally here, your cat, unless asleep or on the hunt, will welcome you warmly to make you feel its love.



Your cat’s daily activities mostly include sleeping, exploring and eating. While you need to get up in the morning, get yourself ready and be at work all day, your cat is basically living the life a part of us all craves.

Don’t be mistaken though:

It wants to have you around, which is way it is waiting for you and welcoming you after you return. If this finally happens, make sure you play and overall spend time with it, so you cat gets the love it deserves.


I hope you enjoyed this blog post and now know what cats do all day long. If you want, you can check out our other blog posts below. Also, we are currently running a special offer on this necklace that is modeled after your cat! Cat owners from all over the world have given us amazing feedback on it, so it’s definitely worth checking out!

Talk to you soon,

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