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Cat owners know that their feline companions love to watch television — cats like nothing more to watch nature-themed programs and feature films having an excessive amount of birds. Cats love TV more than dogs as their focus is sharper. The pupils reach faster, and they see the TV images much richer then we humans do. The same physical advantage helps cats to see better at night as well. This does not mean cats are addicted to daytime television. Given a choice between a TV set and the window, it will still sit on the window sill if there is a lot of traffic or scenery. Conversely, if your window faces a wall, expect your cat to sit beside you when you switch on the television. Some content companies know this and made films especially for cat viewing.
No window access
Cats who like to sit near the TV screen all day usually have
no access to any window it likes. If this continues for a long time, then a few
cats may get addicted to TV programs. It is observed that the favorite programs
of cats are those which show birds, fish, and rodents. For cats, these are
natural prey. Many animal behaviorists have surmised that cats who love to
watch TV could enjoy an increased prey drive. They are most probably be
attracted to the swift movements of the objects on the screen. The TV screen
may also attract cats who are bored out of their wits. It is thus important to
make a comfortable window perch and plenty of toys to keep the cat active and
not stare all the time towards the TV screen.
Manage your cat's TV viewing
As a cat owner, do not be
alarmed if your kitty sits too close to the TV set. The proximity does not harm
its eyes. The problem starts when the kitty gets too much engrossed in the TV
programming and leaps on to catch the bird shown on the screen. Two outcomes
from this scenario are possible- and both will cost you money. The TV set may
topple over or get broken, or your cat may injure itself in the electricals.
This is why if you see your cat is addicted to TV programs, then keep the TV
firmly attached to the wall. It may break by toppling on to the floor if it
stands on the table. When you see your cat getting too much interested in a
show, talk to it to break its concentration. If you do not, then chances are it
will leap up and sit on the TV itself. The hooks holding the TV on to the wall
may not take the extra weight, and the device will fall to the ground. The
screen may shatter, and you may have to pay out an exorbitant sum to repair it.