Leilani

By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

GPS Reveals The WILD Adventures Your Cat Goes On At Night.

It's about that time of year when travel photos are flooding your newsfeed. You see the typical tourist spots as well as some more obscure ones, just about everywhere from Cancun to Tokyo. And humans are not the only ones.

Cats travel every day. They're natural wanderers. The Central Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS), with funding from the Commonwealth's National Landcare Program, recently ran a program that tracked cats with GPS.

According to an interview with ABC, senior land officer Peter Evans classified it as a 'citizen science' project meant to raise awareness about the distances domestic cats roam. Many pet owners are unaware of just how far their furry felines travel.

In all, 13 cats and local pet owners contributed to the data shown below. The area represented is Lithgow in New South Wales.

Some pet owners were surprised by the results.

Some pet owners were surprised by the results.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services

Central Tablelands Local Land Services

Each of the cats wore the GPS devices for up to 10 days, and each map represents a single day.

Each of the cats wore the GPS devices for up to 10 days, and each map represents a single day.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services

Central Tablelands Local Land Services

"Some of the cats have stayed relatively close — 10, 15 or 20 doors down — and we've actually had one cat that's gone three kilometers from home," Evans told ABC News.

"Some of the cats have stayed relatively close — 10, 15 or 20 doors down — and we've actually had one cat that's gone three kilometers from home," Evans told ABC News.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services

Central Tablelands Local Land Services

One pet owner, Stephen Barnes, owns seven cats, two of which participated in the tracking program. He found that one, Semi, headed in the bushland quite a distance away, while the other, Squid, roamed through town, visiting a high school and crossing a main street.

One pet owner, Stephen Barnes, owns seven cats, two of which participated in the tracking program. He found that one, Semi, headed in the bushland quite a distance away, while the other, Squid, roamed through town, visiting a high school and crossing a main street.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services

Central Tablelands Local Land Services

Barnes has since purchased his own GPS tracking devices and restricted the times he lets his cats out to better monitor their safety. Evans hopes that this survey will expand further and spark more discussion about the dangers that cats face out on the streets.

Barnes has since purchased his own GPS tracking devices and restricted the times he lets his cats out to better monitor their safety. Evans hopes that this survey will expand further and spark more discussion about the dangers that cats face out on the streets.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services

Next, meet a real cat burglar.

Source: Mashable

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