Dr Lynette McLeod studies why people are reluctant to keep their cats at home – despite the countless benefits. She’ll be speaking in Auckland next week.
A Unitec master’s student has tracked 37 Auckland cats using GPS while recording their activities on video. The 180 hours of footage reveals cats getting into 326 risky situations, ranging from cat fights (11) to wandering on roads (a third of the cats did so). “To better protect cats and also the wildlife species that
We’ve written before about the studies, where researchers put GPS trackers on people’s cats, and then show them where their pet has travelled. Invariably, cat owners are amazed at how far their pets wander, often crossing busy streets in the process. The latest such research is from New Plymouth.
The secret and dangerous lives of wandering cats have been revealed by a cat tracking project in the Lithgow Local Government Area of the Australian state of New South Wales. The findings were published in June. The aim of the project was to educate cat owners and promote awareness of the surprisingly large distances that
Most cat owners are surprised to learn how far their free-range cat will actually travel, and the dangers they will encounter along the way. Fortunately, we have some insight into both of these questions, thanks to research conducted in 2014 by Mya Gaby of Victoria University of Wellington. Her full report (see link below) is
Yolanda van Heezik, a senior lecturer in zoology at Otago University, says many New Zealanders don’t feel they need to do anything to control their pet cat.