Have you heard the pun that says ”circles are pointless”? Well that may be true mathematically, but for our cats circles have a very special and mysterious power. We did a post last year describing how to do an experiment at home with your cat to test the theory that a cat will be drawn to sit inside a circle (see original post below under Trick Your Cat to Stay in a Circle).
Since then many of our readers have tried it and the vast majority found that it worked. Our Creative Director Yves [@cutepawsmeow] decided to create this hilarious video to test out 5 different types of circles. No cats were harmed in the photographing and filming of these meowsterpieces. >^..^<
See the hilarious results for yourself:
We then asked some of of favorite paw pals to show us their unique circular style…ENJOY!
The video below is the uber lovable @atchoumthecat showing us his inner circle technique!
Sleek and sassy Meeka (video) barely waited for Mom to finish her circle and then settled in comfortably. So cute!
Of course there are always challengers who refuse the magical draw of the circle. Enjoy these two munchkin cuties @katieandfrankie who clearly play to their own drummer! >^..^<
Rye (below) from @oliveandrye demonstrated real catitude in this epic circle fail (below) but was a total success in the adorable category!
We hope that you’ll give it a try and share your experience with us. Just drop us a comment in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box below.Can you trick your cat with a circle? Try this fun experiment.Click To Tweet
INSTRUCTIONS: Trick Your Cat to Stay in a Circle
Here’s all you need to do:
- Make a circle on the floor out of masking tape, or for that matter, anything else (a rope, a belt, an extension cord, etc.) and then wait for your cat to come prowling on over
- Watch your cat look at the circle
- Wait 30 seconds and you’ll probably see your cat sitting in the middle of the circle looking up at you with inquisitive eyes.
Image via EarthPorm
So why do cats sit inside circles? No one knows exactly. Even vets and pet psychologists remain baffled as to why a circle attracts a cat. The really funny thing, once they sit inside their circle, they are almost immovable.
Some theories suggest that cats sit in a circle to give themselves a sense of security. Perhaps they feel it is a territory they can protect. Another theory puts forward that if humans pay a great deal of attention to the circle, cats feel the need to discover what’s so fascinating about it. Perhaps it’s simply because cats like enclosed spaces.
We tested it with our own cats (our ginger tabby didn’t want to participate in the photoshoot) and used a very small circle to see how they’d respond…they competed entry into the coveted circular real estate!
No matter what the theory, cats are drawn to sitting in circles. We’ve tried it with all our cats and it worked. In fact, our tabby got downright annoyed when we took him out of his circle. If you follow Reddit, you may have seen a wave of social postings called “Trick Your Cat With A Circle.” Cat owners have used everything from masking tape, to hoola hoops, paper cups and even bananas (all arranged in a circle) to trap their cats.
Looking for a fun circle for kitty? We recommend the Petmate Crazy Circle Interactive Cat Toy