When you were in school, chances are you had to do some kind of experiment for science class. Most kids opt for things like building volcanos, making balloon hovercrafts, and other basic (but still cool) ideas, a creative young sixth-grader named Kaeden Henry from Perry, Florida decided to find the answer to a much more important question: how many surfaces do cat butts actually touch in your home? The results of his study might surprise you!
- Kaeden’s two pet cats participated in the experiment. As Kaeden’s mom, Kerry, explained in a Facebook post, she and Kaeden had a lot of fun with this experiment and it was relatively easy to perform given that the family has two cats. “Non-toxic lipstick was applied to their bum-bums, they were then given a series of commands (sit, wait, lie down, and jump up. Side note: Both cats have been trained since kittenhood with a variety of commands, they also know how to high-five, spin around, and speak.), they were compensated with lots of praise, pets, and their favorite treats, and the lipstick was removed with a baby wipe once we collected our data in just under 10 minutes,” she wrote. Pretty quick and easy!
- The findings are important for all cat owners to know about. Kaeden’s fine scientific research discovered that long and medium-haired cats’ buttholes made no contact with soft or hard surfaces. Well, that’s a relief! However, while short-haired cats also made no contact with hard surfaces, there was a “slight smear” on the soft bedding surface. (I’m trying not to gag typing that!)
- So what does this mean for your house? If you have short-haired cat and they sit on your bed or on piles of clean laundry, the chance of their butts touching your stuff is pretty high. you might not be bothered by that and that’s fine, but knowledge is power and you have Kaeden Henry to thank for it!
- Needless to say, Kaeden got an A+ on his science project. Kerry homeschools Kaeden so Kerry was in charge of grading the project. Thanks to Kaeden’s rigorous scientific research, he earned himself an A+. I’m sure it helps that his mom has a Ph.D. in animal behavior with a concentration in feline behavior. That must have come in handy!!