The secret life of cats

What do outdoor cats get up to when they're not at home indoors? Find out more in this article on the secret life of cats.

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The secret life of cats

What do outdoor cats get up to? Find out more in this article on the secret life of cats 

Just what do outdoor cats get up to when they leave through the cat flap? Ever wondered about the secret life of cats as they disappear from our homes and spend their days in the wild, only to reappear hours (or often days) later?

As a part of one of the biggest ever research projects into domestic feline behaviour, the BBC’s Horizon team — helped by London’s Royal Veterinary College, the University of Lincoln and Bristol University — tracked several dozen cats over 24-hour periods using specially-designed GPS collars and cameras.

The resulting data collected (and the distance and territory the cats cover) is fascinating:

Scientists discovered the cats appeared to timeshare territory to avoid confrontation with neighbouring felines and visit each others houses. However, the cat cam footage also revealed squabbles over territory remained. There was also an incident with a fox and with a nest of fledglings.

The full article, details on the study and the resulting maps of the various cats’ activity are well worth a read. You can find out more information here.

You can purchase a range of GPS cat trackers using the links below:

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