Cats do roam, tracking shows

By Connie Orcutt • Published: February 1st, 2013
Category: Animal Airwaves

Think your outdoor cat just hangs around the house at night? Think again!

In a recent study, researchers fitted 18 pet cats and 24 feral ones with transmitter collars. Even though the household tabbies tended to sleep much of the time, they roamed over five acres. Even more amazing is that the more active feral cats covered up to 500 acres.

A chilling aspect of the study was that seven of the cats were killed during the 16 months when the study was taking place. This highlights that letting cats roam outdoors is a dangerous practice.

The obvious danger is being hit by a car or other vehicle. Other hazards for outdoor cats include transmission of diseases, including rabies. Plus, their instinct to hunt can kill off prey animals that are important food sources for wildlife.

So let’s keep wandering cats indoors and keep everyone safer.