Secret life of your pet cat exposed
London: Researchers have proved that cats are really as fickle, fussy and finicky as the great poet TS Eliot wrote.
Using the latest satellite technology and miniature "cat cam" cameras attached to collars, researchers have been able to build up the most comprehensive insight into their midnight activities.
They followed the movements of 50 pets living in the Surrey village of Shamley Green, the Daily Express reported.
Far from being loyal and devoted pets, they found that the average domesticated moggie seems quite happy to share affections with other owners if there is tastier food or more cuddles on offer.
The result is revealed in this week`s edition of BBC2 science programme Horizon.
Professor Alan Wilson of the Royal Veterinary College, an expert on Africa`s big cats, fitted a GPS tracker to plot the cats` movements. He also had to adapt the collar cameras so they would switch on when the animals were not asleep.
When the footage was finally reviewed, the results were highly illuminating and proved long-held beliefs that cats are so cunning and disloyal they are not averse to make nightly visits to other homes to feed.