Clara Palestrini, an ethologist specializing in dogs and cats, tells us how our four-legged friends see the passage of time. For example, dogs, after a few hours of absence of the pack leader (us), begin to suffer, but once they have exceeded 4 hours they tend to get used to loneliness, a condition they hardly endure. Cats, more autonomous but with a more varied personality, are more habitual animals: they suffer if the pattern of daily events comes out of the usual tracks.

Palestrini, in the interview recorded after his talk at Focus Live, also explained why dogs have a very developed sense of smell and how this can even be used to "sniff" some forms of cancer and seizures (not to mention talk about malaria).

Interview with Elisabetta Intini