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  Half of cats 'like playing fetch'
Updated 19 January 2004, 21.24
Throw me a stick!
Cats are trying to muscle in on the dog world, if new research by the Feline Advisory Bureau is anything to go by.

It discovered that nearly half of cats retrieve things thrown by their owners - a skill that's commonly more associated with pooches.

The bureau tested 1,853 cats, and found that 44% of them trotted off to collect items thrown by their owners.

Cats aged five and under were most likely to retrieve items and 30 cats in the survey would fetch almost anything.

The most commonly collected items were balls and toys.

Ear plugs

However, some owners claimed their cats chased after some really odd items - like ear plugs, socks and feathers.

Pedigree cats make up just 10% of the UK's feline population, but they came out as better "fetchers" than regular moggies.

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