For this cycle, I’ve decided to keep the same inquiry question as before, which is: “Why do cats behave the way they do?”. In the previous cycle, I looked at the basic cat anatomy and a bit at their ancestry, their predatory behaviour (hunting instincts and techniques), and how they communicate with other cats and with humans.
Here is what I plan to research in the next cycle:
Research round 1: Personality and experiences
For this round of research, I plan to look at how different breeds of cats can have varying personalities, and how a cat’s personal experiences can shape its behaviour.
Some things I will look at are:
- personalities in breeds
- difference in personalities/ behaviours in feral and house cats
- the potential personality differences in cats who are spayed/neutered and those who are not
- how cats learn from experience. For example: conditioning your cat to know that there is food when they hear a bell ring.
- traumatic experiences. For example: my cat is extremely scared of a certain toy because she fell on her back while playing with it, and now she will go nowhere near it, even hiding under the table when you bring it out.
Research round 2: Stress and illnesses
For this round of research, I plan to look at a few different common illnesses that can occur in cats, and the kinds changes in behaviour that signal that a cat may have a certain illness or that they are feeling stressed out.
A few behaviour changes I will look at are:
-change in appetite
-change in social interaction
-change in litter box habits
I will also look at what can cause stress in cats
Research round 3: Big cats compared to domestic cats
For this round of research, I will be comparing domestic cats to big cats, how they are similar and how they are different.
I will compare:
-their habits such as sleeping, eating and hunting
-perhaps differences in their brains and how they might behave differently in different situations
That’s all I have planned for the upcoming cycle! Just so you know, I will be posting every other week, so I will have more time to go more in depth in my topic for each round. If you have any other ideas of what I should look into, or if you have any good resources/websites I could use, feel free to leave a reply. Thanks!