Can cats watch TV and is there any benefit for them?
My kitty day care wants to charge extra for TV time. Can cats even watch TV and is there any benefit for them?
You have one lucky kitty cat to have this as an option! But it really is a great question-do cats watch TV? Many of us have seen our dogs hear barking or a doorbell come from the TV and the dog get very excited and run over, But our cats are less inclined to react in this manner. However, have you ever seen a cat sit on the window ledge and look outside? Watching the birds, or maybe mice? Or, have you ever seen a cat sitting next to a fish tank and watching the fish swim back-and-forth? Some cats really get great pleasure out of watching so-called “kitty-vision” – TV for cats. For that sort of cat, watching TV can be a great way to spend the day. Our cats love to chase things, from a pom-pom on a string, to the cursor on the computer screen. Therefore, watching fish swim back and forth, be it in a fish tank or on a TV screen simulating the fish tank, can be great fun.
Dr. Cathy Alinovi DVM
As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Cathy treated 80% of what walked in the door — not with expensive prescriptions — but with adequate nutrition. Now retired from private practice, her commitment to pets hasn’t waned and she looks forward to impacting many more pet parents through her books, research, speaking and consulting work. Learn more at drcathyvet.com