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We’re Celebrating Our 100th Cat-iversary!

Cat Tracker launched in May 2014. In a little less than one year, we’ve enrolled over 500 indoor/outdoor kitties from 9 different states and several foreign countries! Today we are pleased to announce that we have recorded tracks from over 100 cats! So what have we learned so far?

In examining the home ranges of our first 1oo cats, we’ve found that the cats’ tracks are just as unique as the cats themselves. The majority of our 100 cats travel less than 5 hectares (about 12 acres) and seem to stick to their neighborhoods rather than venturing into forests […]

By | March 19th, 2015|Cat Tracker|1 Comment

The Secret Life of Roukus, Part 2

Roukus the Cat is a snowbird…in the sense that she spends her winter months in warmer locales.

Roukus has finally moved south, from Maine to the sunny shores of Florida where she now basks in the glory of the Sunshine State. In the summer, Roukus roamed the forests. Now she travels along the sand dunes, not once crossing the roads near her beach house. While she enjoys long walks down the beach with her owner, she also seems to enjoy long walks by herself at night… at 1:30 in the morning! We can’t help but wonder what this kitty […]

By | January 20th, 2015|Cat Tracker|0 Comments

New Year, New Updates from Cat Tracker

The start of the new year seems like a good occasion to update you on Cat Tracker, our citizen science project that uses GPS technology to study the movement and home ranges of owned domestic cats. We launched in May 2014 in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina and in the last year, our program has grown to include a GPS unit loaning program in Long Island, New York, and parts of Connecticut.

For those outside our GPS loaning zones, we have a DIY option where cat owners can purchase and deploy their own GPS units and then […]

By | January 8th, 2015|Cat Tracker|1 Comment

The Secret Life of Captain America

Does he stick close to home or go to far off lands to fight evil? According to the data from his GPS-collar, Captain America seems to be patrolling the neighborhood with just an occasional trip or two to protect the parameter in the woods. Maybe he knew we were tracking him and didn’t want to go too far? Or could it be he was just enjoying some R&R since the Avengers have taken a break?

Do you know the secret life of your indoor-outdoor cat? With the help of citizen scientists around the world, we’re using GPS technology to study […]

By | September 1st, 2014|Cat Tracker|0 Comments

The Secret Life of Roukus

A Yankee cat or southern kitty? Roukus calls Maine home for 3 months of the year and Florida for 9! Right now in Maine she enjoys trips through the woods and visiting neighbors but doesn’t take too well to the cool sands of Maine’s shores. Will she prefer the warmer beaches of the Sunshine State?

Roukus is just one of 73 Do-It-Yourself (DIY) participants enrolled in Cat Tracker. With your help, we’re trying to uncover the secret lives of indoor-outdoor cats using GPS technology. We welcome DIY participants from anywhere — follow these directions to […]

By | August 12th, 2014|Cat Tracker, Participate|4 Comments