Year: 2011

New Insights into Cat Behavior Using a GPS Logger and Cat-cam

The secretive nature of cats makes it nearly impossible to observe their natural behavior when outdoors.  Likewise, few cat owners know where their cats travel or what they do when allowed outside.  A new study conducted in Britain used GPS loggers to map the travel of outdoor-access house cats.  What makes this study more innovative …

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Understanding Coyote Behavior in Urban/Suburban Areas and Assessing Risk to Cats

So many of the people who contacted me this summer were convinced that their lost cat had been killed by coyotes.  This is a pervasive belief that unfortunately causes many people to lose hope and stop searching for their lost cat after a short period of time.  Unless you are able to find his/her remains, …

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Adoption of Stray Cats and the Importance of Lost Pet Posters

I was surprised to recently learn that as many as 30% of people acquire their cats because they were found as strays or abandoned or “just showed up” (New et al. 2004)  This does not include cats adopted from shelters, which accounted for another 13% of cats acquired, or those adopted from rescue groups, friends …

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Online Resources for Selecting and Using a Trail Camera

Trail cameras (also called wildlife, game, scouting, motion-sensitive, surveillance or remote cameras) can be highly effective tools for helping locate and recover displaced cats (including escaped indoor-only cats) and skittish lost dogs.  They can help provide evidence that the lost pet is in the area and whether s/he will enter a humane trap if one …

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Habitat Use of Suburban Cats: do they travel in the woods?

Owners’ of lost cats are frequently concerned with whether their cat might be hiding or lost somewhere in the woods.  This is a valid concern since 1) the probability of detection may be very low in the woods depending on the density and type of vegetation; 2) there may be many miles of woods surrounding …

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