GPS Trackers Reveal Just How Far Cats Actually Travel During The Night

If you think your cat spends the night lazing around in the garden or walking up and down your street, you’re in for a big surprise. An Australian government organization recently carried out a project to show people just how active their cats are.

They used GPS trackers to map feline activity during the night and found that some cats get pretty far from home.


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In Australia cats are considered an invasive species and can have devastating effects on the native wildlife. The project aimed to show cat owners how far their pets travel and where they might pose a danger to native wildlife.

“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.


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In fact, some of the cats surveyed went as far as three kilometres from home.


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


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


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The owner guessed that his 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.”


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


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