This is what happened when cats were fitted with GPS trackers

Posted on September 5th, 2016 by Sarah Gallienne

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Ever wondered what adventures your cat gets up to when you’re not around?

Of course you have, but it’s impossible to know, right?

Not for a group of cat owners in Australia, whose pets were fitted with GPS trackers to show their movements.

Whether you’re an animal lover or not, the results are pretty fascinating, and have been documented with a series of maps.

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The Central Tablelands Local Land Services in Australia came up with the project to make pet owners aware of what their animals are getting up to.

Peter Evans, a senior land officer, told Mashable Australia: ‘You always get the comment from owners that their cat doesn’t roam. But we thought it was a great visual to show owners where cats go when they don’t know where they are, because generally a lot of cats are unrestrained.

‘I knew they wouldn’t just stay in the backyard, but I was surprised with how far a few of the cats did go.’

Some, it turns out, travelled a long way – with researchers initially suspecting that long trips were down to data glitches rather than curious cats.

Mr Evans said owners were ‘gobsmacked’ to see how far their cats actually roamed.

One cat was found repeatedly going back to a local school at night – possibly going through bins or hunting mice.

Sadly, it seems like the experiment needs some fine-tuning before we have another excuse to obsess over our pets.

The trackers were given to 25 cats but, two months later, only 14 cats were being followed as some trackers were missing and some cats struggled to wear them.

But there’s loads more data to be collected as some cats wore the tracker for ten days and others just once.

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