Yesterday I posted some range maps of Australian cats, showing wide roaming detected by putting GPS sensors on their collars. (I’ve added one below.) Some readers claimed that the long trips might have been visits to the vet’s, another that virtually all the excursions were “artifacts.” Virtually nobody accepted cat tracks like these:
Well, the study was replicated in England by researchers at the Royal Veterinary College, with 50 cats from a single village, each examined for a day. The study is described here, and some of the range maps are here. There are ten shown; here are three, and if you go to the second link, you can see where the cats were at a given time (the locations were verified with videocameras). Remember that the Aussie cats were tracked for ten days, and the maps below are only a single day.
Believe the data yet? If you want to raise doubts, maybe it would be good if you actually looked at some studies first, as did reader John M., who called my attention to this study. There’s also a lovely BBC video on the research, “The secret life of the cat,” which you can watch below or on the Vimeo site.