Cats hide … and seek peace

Hiding may play an important role in relaxing cats, according to University of Queensland honours student Mark Owens.

Working in the Centre of Animal Welfare and Ethics (CAWE), Mr Owens’ project focuses on the behaviour and welfare of domestic cats in shelters.

“Welfare is a major issue in many countries for animals that are kept in cages, shelters and captive environments like zoos,” Mr Owens said.

The study looks at cats’ behaviours and emotions, which indicate if they are feeling stressed, anxious, frustrated or content.

Read more at The University of Queensland