Study: Domestic cats, when/why they roll

Domestic cats roll. Oh, they roll and roll and roll – not constantly, but often enough that the behaviour eventually caught the attention of scientists. In 1994, Hilary N Feldman of Cambridge University’s Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour, did a formal study of the phenomenon. Feldman’s monograph, called Domestic Cats and Passive Submission, appeared in the journal Animal Behaviour….

So begins this week’s Improbable Research column in The Guardian.

BONUS: An amateur naturalist documented a cat rolling: