Over the years there have been several studies that tracked free-roaming cats, using GPS collars and cameras.

And always, the owners of these cats were astounded (if not terrified) when they were shown how far their beloved pets had travelled. These excursions crossed busy roads, bridges and railway tracks. The cats spent time at schools, workplaces and people’s homes (not always their owners’ homes, either).

The video you can see below reports on such a study in the German city of Weimar. It is beautifully produced and gives a real “cat’s eye view” of the world as the felines patrol their territories, settle disputes with other cats and kill the occasional mouse to bring home.