Keeping tabs on your cat with the Cat Tracker project

Published on 8 March 2018

Ku-ring-gai Council is encouraging residents to get involved with a nationwide project that monitors the roaming habits of domestic cats. 

Dr Philip Roteman from the University of South Australia will outline how you can become involved in the Cat Tracker project on Tuesday 13 March between 6.30pm and 8pm at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden.

An advocate of citizen science, Dr Roteman will explain how Cat Tracker explores the behaviours of pet cats, in particular how far they roam from home. 

Hundreds of cats have already been tracked in New Zealand and the USA and Australia is now the focus of the project, with the support of local councils.

Cat Tracker includes two main phases, a survey and cat tracking through free GPS tracking devices, which owners are shown how to use to track their own cats. 

The GPS equipment is then sent back to the research team and results are shared with participants online. They plan to track over 1000 pet cats around Australia.

Those interested in becoming part of the cat Tracker project or wishing to find out more about the secret life of cats are invited to come to the free session on Tuesday 13 March.

To book into the talk call 9424 0893 or register online.

 

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Media enquiries: Sally Williams Ku-ring-gai Council Ph: 9424 0982 or sawilliams@kmc.nsw.gov.au