We trawl a LOT of sites every day looking for stories, photos, and videos about cats and just occasionally we find something like this.
Over the last 24 hours Reddit has been all of a flutter about the very non-scientific deduction that cats simply cannot stop themselves from sitting in any kind of a man-made circle.
This appears to be especially true if the circle is specifically where you do NOT want them to sit.
Obviously, this is very big news for all mankind – cat circles are something science should be studying. Much more important than those pesky crop circles!
Redditors have now tried all sorts of shapes but have decided that the humble circle is the preferred method for this humane form of cat entrapment. Hexagons and septagons seem to do just as well but aren’t as aesthetically pleasing.
We expect to hear news of a major scientific study of this ‘Cats sit in circles’ phenomenon later today. We’ll keep you updated….
The sequence of photos below from an imgur user show the development of the hypothesis and prove beyond any doubt that this is a significant day for world science.
If you want to follow along with the groundbreaking research being done by the folks who hang out at Reddit, you need to head here….!!!!
The first ‘cat circle’ is prepared.
The cat cannot resist.
Coralled within the force field of the scientifically unproven device!
Will a seven sided shape (a septagon, to you and me!) work just as well?
The cat is entranced by the new trap…
Success, the cat has no self-control and must sit in the septagon!
It seems that being within the force field of the circle or septagon does not diminish the need for the cat to be fed. Hence, the ‘look’!
But, what if we test a smaller shape? Which will our cat choose?
We should have know from previous research with cats and boxes that small is always better. Too small is always best!
And, in conclusion, we see that the hypothesis must be true!
Who needs scientists!?