This article is about a study on cats that was aided by the Royal Veterinary College and Lincoln and Bristol Universities in the UK. They studied 50 cats in the village of Shamley Green, Surrey in 2013. They had gps collars and tiny “cat cams” to study their movements and range of travel outdoors.
Here’s the introduction but the article has 11 things to scroll through with attached images / maps of travels so please visit the link above to see the full article.
Meet Ginger, Chip, Sooty, Orlando, Hermie, Phoebe, Deebee, Kato, Coco and Rosie. They are 10 of the 50 cats studied in the village of Shamley Green, Surrey, for Horizon’s programme The Secret Life of the Cat.
As part of one of the largest ever research projects into domestic cat behaviour, the Horizon team – aided by the Royal Veterinary College and Lincoln and Bristol Universities – tracked dozens of cats over several 24-hour periods using specially-designed collar GPS devices and tiny “cat cams”.
The result? 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.
Notes: The 10 cats above are a selection of 50 studied in the Surrey Hills over a number of weeks. Researchers used GPS trackers to record the cats' movements over six 24-hour periods. Micro-cameras were attached to a selection of cats to film their activities. All equipment was checked by animal welfare experts to ensure it was the right size and weight for cats to wear safely. The maps of the routes of the 10 cats above are not all from the same 24-hour period or necessarily from the same day the cat cam footage was recorded. GPS tracking data was filtered to discard obvious false readings, however some smaller inaccuracies may remain. Time ticks over a 24-hour period and does not reflect the hour of the day.
With thanks to Alan Wilson of the Royal Veterinary College, Sarah Ellis of the University of Lincoln, John Bradshaw of Bristol University, and the villagers of Shamley Green
Web production: Steven Atherton, Chris Finch, Alex Ranken, Lucy Rodgers, Helene Sears, Marina Shchukina, Noah Veltman
Read more about the science and technology behind the study from Alan Wilson of the Royal Veterinary College -
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