Cat tracker project underway in suburban SA

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Subject: Cat tracker project underway in suburban SA
From: John Harris <>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:08:09 +0000
I am no expert on cats, domestic or feral, but I wouldn’t be too complacent about well-fed pet cats. There are several very well fed ones in my immediate neighbourhood and it is obvious the instinct is still there in the genes. They may not be hungry but they are still hunters. Only last week I tried to rescue a Doble-barred Finch. The cat dropped it but it died in my hands. This cat was from a few doors down. The one next door is always hunting. I have had to net my fishpond and move my bird feeder to a position more difficult for the cat. It catches mice as well as birds and lizards. It never eats them but it kills them and, in the case of mice, teases them until they are dead.  

From: David Rees <>
Date: Thursday, 16 April 2015 2:46 pm
To: Ian Baird <>, Kathryn Eyles <m("","kathymatty");">>, chatline <m("","canberrabirds");">>
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Cat tracker project underway in suburban SA


Please define a 'small animal" - have no problem if what you are talking about is a mouse!

The scenario you paint may be true of a hungry feral cat, in a 'natural' environment where the only food available is what it catches.

To equate this with the activities of a domestic animal,  with its own 'home' with a food bowl and  somewhere safe to sleep for its exclusive use is, at best, highly questionable. It is one possible scenario of many.

Furthermore how far a cat (or any predator)  travels and how much it hunts are likely to have little relationship with each other. 

I might help if you spend some more time watching domestic animals.


On Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 7:36 AM, Ian Baird <> wrote:


Thanks for posting this. New technology is opening up interesting research opportunities.


Whenever we see small animals present in habitat, we naturally assume they are there to feed and gain sustenance there. That is a reasonable assumption often borne out by complementary observations which support the presumption.


I see no reason why it is not logical to assume the same about cats –until we have good evidence to the contrary.


Ian Baird


From: Kathryn Eyles [
Sent: Wednesday, 15 April 2015 5:09 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Cat tracker project underway in suburban SA


Dear birdlsters 


For those interested in the cat containment debate - this fascinating project in SA is tracking the roaming patterns of a group of domestic cats in the suburbs.  


You can also view the individual cat tracks - click on view track under each cat   


Some moggies roam in their immediate neighbourhood but others like MonMon, Frizzle and BruceWillis had some long forays to suburb edge and beyond.



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