I try to give my Persian cat brothers as much environmental stimulation as possible. A happy cat doesn’t urinate on the carpet, for example, or get to star in a “My Cat From Hell” episode on the Animal Planet Channel.
Stimulation is the primary reason I open windows to let in outside sounds and give a clearer view of what’s happening outside. You who watch my endless cat videos know I even put a little chair and a large pot next to the door so Andy and Dougy are high enough at the back door to observe the bird activities without having to stretch.
There are times, however, that the environmental stimulation is excessive, as evidenced in this video of Dougy birdwatching this morning but getting caught by the birds!
I read that cat chattering is now thought to be the cat mimicking prey vocalizations to improve hunt success. While I don’t think Dougy will eat a big fat robin today because of his vocalizations, chatter as mimicking prey vocalizations is an intriguing idea.
“No really, Ms. Robin, I am a robin, too!”
“Like hell, you churlish cat!”
I hope this link works. It’s the one about cat chatter.