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Owner Put A Tracker On Her Cat And Discovered She Has Been Visiting 5 Houses
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Owner Put A Tracker On Her Cat And Discovered She Has Been Visiting 5 Houses Interview With Owner

Have you ever wondered where your cat ventures when it leaves the house? Aoife McAleer from Ireland was determined to find out what her cat, Jagger, is up to when she strolls through the neighborhood, so she purchased a collar with a GPS tracker and put it on her cat. And while it’s a great tool to keep an eye on your furry friend in real time in case it tries to escape, this invasion into the cat’s privacy turned into an unexpected discovery. Turns out, Jagger was too clever to have one owner to provide regular pets and snacks. In 24 hours, this cat visited about five houses on her way and returned home like nothing happened, but this time, she was caught.

Jagger’s adventures got exposed on the internet and didn’t go unnoticed. When Aoife McAleer posted a video with her little experiment on TikTok, it immediately went viral with 380.3k views and 44.3k likes. She then had to spy on her other cat, Cookie, who appears to be a little bit more loyal.

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This TikTok of an owner putting a tracker on her cat went viral with 380.3k views

@eefskolSo not sure if genius or invasion of privacy 😂but I am entertained ##cat ##catlover ##catsoftiktok ##fyou ##justdidagoodthing ##fyp♬ just did a good thing – lucaselvis

Aoife McAleer bought a GPS tracker for her cat to see where she wanders when she leaves the house

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The tracker sent the real-time location of Jagger’s adventures to the owner’s smartphone

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This invasion into the cat’s privacy took an unexpected twist when she found out Jagger had visited about five houses on her way

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“I knew that she visited a few houses (in fact one household actually named her Peter) and she would always come home after her adventures each day, but I was interested to see where exactly she visited and was super shocked to see she visited many houses and it looks like she was fed at many also. More interestingly, she actually stayed there for some time,” Aoife McAleer told Bored Panda.

We asked McAleer how does she feel about her cat wandering outside and visiting neighbors.

“I know there are risks in some countries with wild animals, etc., but thankfully here, we don’t have those risks. She was a product of an unneutered feral cat. So when we got her, the first thing we did was making sure she was neutered to avoid kittens. She didn’t love being inside for long periods of time and got quite stressed, so we allowed her out. I know one family looked forward to seeing her come each day, they told me they feed her snacks each day, and I’m pretty sure she did the same with other houses. She would be home at 5 pm each night for another feed too.”

The owner later spied on her other cat, Cookie

@eefskolPrt 2. Of the cat Tracker, this time we placed it on Cookie to see where she goes ##fyp ##ireland ##catlover ##catsoftiktok ##foryou ##fyou♬ Loyal – Chris Brown

We were interested in how different the adventures of these two cats were, so we asked McAleer for insight information.

“Jagger’s tracking data was a lot more active. She traveled to many households but she was feisty and confident, so I expected it. Cookie’s data was a lot less exciting, she’s a nervous cat (also feral as a kitten) and she stayed within our household area.”

McAleer rescued her furry friend from the streets at 6 years old

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“She was 6 years old and a feral kitten when we got her. We took her in and made her part of the family, but she still loved her natural roaming instincts and would venture out daily, but return every evening for bedtime.”

Jagger stayed true to her natural roaming instincts and went out daily to explore the neighborhood

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Despite the wild nature of her cats, Aoife McAleer loves them to bits

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Unfortunately, Jagger passed away last Monday due to complications in her kidneys. McAleer told us that a few houses Jagger was a regular guest in also miss her and have even messaged her.

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“Jagger was a really feisty cat,” said the owner. “Stubborn and liked things her way. She was very tame but as a kitten wouldn’t let us touch her and was extremely feral. We worked with her over the years to tame her and she became a really loving, cuddly cat when she wanted to be. And always looking for food.”

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“Cookie was also feral and was extremely shy as a kitten. She is still shy now but when she wants attention, she makes sure you know about it and will follow you about until you pet her. She is a home bird and enjoys her home comforts.”

After the passing of Jagger, Cookie is being spoilt rotten and is yet to test the tracking device more.

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JessG
Community Member
1 year ago

Okay, all cats are natural roamers. It’s not always a good idea to let your cat roam. I have a neighbor that shoots them with a BB gun, traps them, and even poisoned them, all because stray cats have marked their car and their porch. Stray cats will have kittens and abandon them, cat fights happen, cats get hit by cars, Ive known a neighbor’s dog to kill a cat. All of this is awful, and I’m just saying it’s dangerous to let them roam free

Gon Freecss
Community Member
1 year ago

My family lets our cats roam but they usually stay in our yard and in the corn fields behind our house. They do go to neighbors houses and play with their cats too but everyone enjoys them and knows they are ours. I usually call for them at night to come in but sometimes they sleep on our porch on the cushioned bench but coyotes never come in our yard.

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
1 year ago

This reminds me of the children's counting book called "Six Dinner Sid" about a mischievous cat who pretends to be the pet of six different families on the street where he lives just to get more food.

Colin L
Community Member
1 year ago

That is a great book... poor Sid gets found out when he gets sick and taken to the vet six times.

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DC
Community Member
1 year ago

Cat cheated on you! That is ... well, she's a cat, can't be mad at her anyway ... she's cute ... she looks like a cat I knew as a kid who lived in Grandma's village back then ... a real nice one.

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JessG
Community Member
1 year ago

Okay, all cats are natural roamers. It’s not always a good idea to let your cat roam. I have a neighbor that shoots them with a BB gun, traps them, and even poisoned them, all because stray cats have marked their car and their porch. Stray cats will have kittens and abandon them, cat fights happen, cats get hit by cars, Ive known a neighbor’s dog to kill a cat. All of this is awful, and I’m just saying it’s dangerous to let them roam free

Gon Freecss
Community Member
1 year ago

My family lets our cats roam but they usually stay in our yard and in the corn fields behind our house. They do go to neighbors houses and play with their cats too but everyone enjoys them and knows they are ours. I usually call for them at night to come in but sometimes they sleep on our porch on the cushioned bench but coyotes never come in our yard.

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
1 year ago

This reminds me of the children's counting book called "Six Dinner Sid" about a mischievous cat who pretends to be the pet of six different families on the street where he lives just to get more food.

Colin L
Community Member
1 year ago

That is a great book... poor Sid gets found out when he gets sick and taken to the vet six times.

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DC
Community Member
1 year ago

Cat cheated on you! That is ... well, she's a cat, can't be mad at her anyway ... she's cute ... she looks like a cat I knew as a kid who lived in Grandma's village back then ... a real nice one.

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