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Cats and dogs are both known to be very popular pets for humans around the world and have been bred for thousands of years for this purpose.

Destin Sandlin's Slow Motion Flipping Cat Physics | Smarter Every Day 58 includes footage of cats momentarily floating and flailing in aircraft in parabolic flight, and early Soviet spaceflight tests have included dogs in seat belts.

Question: But is there any information at all on the locomotive ability or adaptability of cats and dogs in space? If so, how much?

"Locomotive adaptability" means can they figure out how to move around in some way, given some time. Without the ability to get from point A to point B when they want to, the experience may be quite stressful and they would have to be hand-fed and waste would end up everywhere.

For example: mice seem to have "locomotive adaptability" in that they can work out how to move around. I don't think they were hand-fed the whole time.

From How would a mousetrap for use in space work?

Screenshots from "Mice aboard the International Space Station" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7lgj3aZ8dU

Screenshots from Mice aboard the International Space Station

See also If mice escaped on the International Space Station, could they live and thrive?


Related but different: What animals would be best suited as pets or comfort animals for extended periods of spaceflight in microgravity?


From Gizmodo's This Wifi-Enabled Space Toilet for Cats Turned Me Into a Kitty Garbage Man, As God Intended

From Gizmodo's "This Wifi-Enabled Space Toilet for Cats Turned Me Into a Kitty Garbage Man, As God Intended" https://gizmodo.com/this-wifi-enabled-space-toilet-for-cats-turned-me-into-1847303337

The story describes a test of this waste management system for cats. While the title suggests it's a "space toilet" the principle requires gravity to be present. Thus it has been added to illustrate the problem associated with waste management rather than a solution to it. I have no affiliation with this nor any other space-cat product.

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    $\begingroup$ Cats (and to lesser extent dogs) adapt well to variable environment, both did quite well on old wooden ships, even in storms. But as for zero-g? Both dogs and cats have been to space, but only in restrained environments (Laika and others russian dogs, Félicette the french cat). So....insufficient data? Or maybe I've missed an experiment where a cat or dog was allowed running space in space. $\endgroup$
    – PcMan
    Aug 3 at 7:30
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    $\begingroup$ @PcMan: thanks for reminding me about Félicette. $\endgroup$
    – Fred
    Aug 3 at 9:41
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    $\begingroup$ Not much room for movement for Félicette in this contraption & this $\endgroup$
    – Fred
    Aug 3 at 11:20
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    $\begingroup$ waste management. uuugh... and mice infestations? even more uuughhh... and thats just on Earth... $\endgroup$ Aug 3 at 15:42
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    $\begingroup$ @blobbymcblobby I've added a reference to waste management at the end $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Aug 3 at 23:19

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