This summer, my husband and I took Olivia and William to the cinema to watch The Secret Life of Pets.

It made us smile, it made us laugh, it made us go ‘awwww’. In fact, why not see for yourself? Here’s the trailer.

We really enjoyed the film and I’d definitely recommend checking it out at the cinema while it’s still showing.

The thing is, even though the film is completely fictional, it got me thinking about what my cats might get up to when we’re not home.

Our 2 cats, Herbie and Bella, are house cats. Herbie might be a huge monster of a cat, but he’s completely deaf. Bella, meanwhile, has a poorly leg due to suffering a terrible injury when she was on the streets before we rescued her.

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They stay indoors because of their disabilities and because the big wide world is too dangerous for them on their own. On hot summer days they have a cat pen they can use to enjoy the fresh air in safety, but they largely remain house cats.

I like to think of Herbie and Bella as an old married couple: they tolerate each other, have occasional spats and generally prefer to stay out of each other’s way (Okay, maybe I’m being a bit harsh on old married couples there).

They generally get along fine, but have some fur-flying arguments occasionally. Their spats can be unpredictable so I do sometimes worry about how friendly they are with each other when it’s just the 2 of them at home.

The secret life of my pets.

It seemed a little like fate that, not long after we went to see the film, I was asked to take part in a fun campaign for Petplan, the leading pet insurance company and the lovely people I insure my cats with.

Petplan has teamed up with Universal Pictures as a partner of The Secret Life of Pets film and asked if I’d like to find out what my cats get up to when they’re home alone. How could I refuse?

They gave me a pet monitoring camera and, along with a couple of other types of cameras I had lying around, I set them up around my home. Then, one morning, I went to work and left the cameras rolling.

This is the secret life of my pets.

As you can see, no animals were harmed in the making of this video, apart from Herbie who got a slap from Bella!

I always thought Bella spent her days snoozing on my bed while Herbie would prowl about before curling up on his scratching post in my kitchen. So it came as a surprise to discover Herbie chewing on one of my kitchen chairs and a little bit thankful that Bella gave him that slap which got him to stop.

Have you ever thought about what your pets get up to when you’re not home?


This is a sponsored post produced in collaboration with Petplan and Universal Pictures. 

The legal bit: The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.