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GPS Trackers Reveal Your Cat’s Adventures During The Night
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Animals5 years ago

GPS Trackers Reveal Your Cat’s Adventures During The Night

If you let your house cat outside and think it stays near your house, think again. Recent research used GPS trackers to show the daily movement of domestic cats, and its results surprised their owners.

“When you speak to a lot of cat owners, they say: “Oh my cat just sleeps on the end of my bed, it doesn’t go anywhere,” senior land service officer Peter Evans said. Because of the cat GPS, it turns out some of them have “gone three kilometers from home.”

“I thought Semi particularly would be a lazy cat — bottom of the garden or next door’s yard,” one of the pet owners said. He was shocked when he saw the GPS map and learned that Semi was going into bushland and “over the hill and far away.” The owner is guessing that the cat is “looking for food, which is probably the primary thing because he’s usually around eight and a half kilos which [the vet says] is far, far too heavy.”

The cat tracker survey was carried out by The Central Tablelands LLS at Lithgow, in central-west New South Wales.

More info: centraltablelands.lls.nsw.gov.au (h/t: designyoutrust)

A lot of cat owners say: “Oh my cat just sleeps on the end of my bed, it doesn’t go anywhere”

Turns out some of the cats have “gone three kilometres from home”

“I thought Semi particularly would be just local — bottom of the garden or next door’s yard,” one of the pet owners said

He was shocked when he learned that Semi was going into bushland and “over the hill and far away”

“Looking for food… is probably the primary thing because he’s usually around eight and a half kilos which [the vet says] is far, far too heavy”

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Celia McDaniel
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5 years ago

Wow. I can't even run 1 mile and look at this cat.

Rose Martin
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5 years ago

I want to reply to Vermilion some cats have many homes my cat belongs to the neighbor but I feed her and she sleeps with me and she is loved by the whole neighborhood. many people let "stray" cats into they're house to feed them or give them water they don't just go ghost like through walls unless of course they are ghosts!

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Troux
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5 years ago

Why are some of these very accurate and realistic, meandering paths around obstacles, and some are beelines for long distances that go directly through objects? Makes me think it could be GPS error that's sending them far away and back again.

Christian Chojnacki
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5 years ago

Probably updates location every few minutes or so depending on how strong the signal is... or cats are just magic and can walk through walls while we sleep

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Rashael Nunley
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5 years ago

Wish I could see the adventures my cat takes...

Laura Johnston
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5 years ago

You can! They sell small camera's that get strapped onto the cats collar. They were about 150.00 when they first came out a few years ago.

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Celia McDaniel
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow. I can't even run 1 mile and look at this cat.

Rose Martin
Community Member
5 years ago

I want to reply to Vermilion some cats have many homes my cat belongs to the neighbor but I feed her and she sleeps with me and she is loved by the whole neighborhood. many people let "stray" cats into they're house to feed them or give them water they don't just go ghost like through walls unless of course they are ghosts!

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Troux
Community Member
5 years ago

Why are some of these very accurate and realistic, meandering paths around obstacles, and some are beelines for long distances that go directly through objects? Makes me think it could be GPS error that's sending them far away and back again.

Christian Chojnacki
Community Member
5 years ago

Probably updates location every few minutes or so depending on how strong the signal is... or cats are just magic and can walk through walls while we sleep

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Rashael Nunley
Community Member
5 years ago

Wish I could see the adventures my cat takes...

Laura Johnston
Community Member
5 years ago

You can! They sell small camera's that get strapped onto the cats collar. They were about 150.00 when they first came out a few years ago.

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