Kid Conducts Experiment To Find Out How Many Surfaces Cat Butts Actually Touch

All cat owners know the passing, concerning thoughts regarding what our cat's backside touches around our home. When I see my cat sit on my keyboard, for example, or on the table from which I eat food, it leaves me a little uneasy for a moment.

Thankfully, one student decided to finally get some answers by running an experiment to see just what surfaces a cat's butt really touches.

When it came time to conduct a science project for his homeschool classes, Kaeden Henry had a perfect hypothesis in mind.

A long-standing question finally got some answers thanks to his work, which he compiled on a classic science fair tri-fold board.

His findings were pretty sound, but let's look at his method first.

Kaeden's family has two trained cats who participated in the study.

In order to see the physical presence of either cat's butt on a surface, they were marked with non-toxic lipstick. They were then given a series of commands including sit, wait, lay down, and jump, on top of a piece of paper. If their butt touched the surface, a mark from the lipstick would be seen on said paper.

So, what were the findings?

Good news for those with long and medium-haired cats, their buttholes made no contact with any surface in any state. For short-haired cat owners like myself, their butts made no contact on hard surfaces, but there were slight marks left when on softer surfaces like bedding.

What other softer surfaces could be touched by short-haired cats?

Outside of bedding, other examples listed were laundry and some types of carpet. Others that I can think of as I look at my own short-haired cat are towels, pillows, and cushions.

The experiment was a complete success! Not only did Kaeden have fun with it, but so did his mom, Kerry, who assisted with the project.

She was the perfect person to have as an assistant too, considering this detail she added in the post, "Funny thing is I have a Ph.D. in animal behavior, with a concentration in feline behavior [...], I feel like for the first time in 15 years I actually put my degree to use, even though I was only supervising his science project!"

And no need to fret, the participants were taken extremely good care of and paid fairly.

Kerry made sure to let everyone know, "[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."

A clever idea that turned into a fun experiment with some real answers, Kaeden has really done a service for cat owners everywhere.

And for anyone wondering, yes, he certainly got an A+ on his project; Kerry made sure of it. In fact, he "most definitely got an A++++++."

Kerry also wanted to make sure everyone knew that no cats were harmed in the making of this project.