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If you've ever owned an outdoor cat and wondered where they go and how far, then look no further.  I came across an article that tracked the movement of domesticated cats and their secret lives.

movement of house cats -MissMeowni.com

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The Royal Veterinarian College along with Lincoln and Bristol Universities collaborated and established the Horizon team whose goal was to track domesticated cat life and see what these cats were out doing.  They studied a total of 50 cats and published the data following 10.  At the website linked at the bottom of this blog you can individually select the cats and view their journeys, but I'll add short excerpts from their studies to give you a quick run down of the experiment.

 

 

ginger tomcat roams -MissMeowni.com

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This is Ginger, the cat in the study that roamed the most.  He roams more than 600 ft from his home and brings home all sorts of prey including birds, frogs, toads, and mammals in the process.

 

 

 

Chip black roaming cat -MissMeowni.com

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This is chip, he travels about 530 ft in a day and brings home small mammals once or twice a week.

 

 

 

beautiful black cat -MissMeowni.com

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This is Sooty,he roams nearly 600 feet in a day, but is non confrontational in his journey.  He does bring home small mammals a couple of times a week.

 

 

 

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This is Orlando, he's a bit older than the previous cats and seems to be an experience hunter.  He roams within 500 feet of his home and brings home small mammals once or twice a week.

 

 

 

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This is Hermie, he's a young cat that roams 560 ft and brings home birds and small mammals once or twice a week.

 

 

 

outside female cat -MissMeowni.com

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This is Phoebe, she is know to fight with the neighboring cat Kato and roams up to three acres a day.  She will sometimes roam for days and brings home birds and small mammals a couple of times a week and even more in the summer.

 

 

 

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This is Deebee, he roams almost 5 and half acres and gets in fights with other cats.  He never brings home prey, but is also newer to the area than most of the other cats.

 

 

 

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This is Kato, he roams a little under 3 acres and is a friendly cat.  He only fights with Phoebe and brings home birds and small mammals a couple of times a week.

 

 

 

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This is Coco, a young, friendly female cat that roams about an acre and is seemingly friendly and visits other houses.  She is also newer to the area and brings home birds and small mammals a couple of times a week.

 

 

 

outside cats roam -MissMeowni.com

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And the last cat they published was Rosie, a friendly female that roams half an acre. She likes to hunt shrews, but never brings anything home.  She also likes to visit other houses and fights with the neighbor's cat.

So your cat may roam a large distance or short, it seems to depend on they do what they want...but they all stay close to home and always try to make it back.

Read the article here.

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  • Posted On July 27, 2017 by Roxanne Risner Reamsnyder

    After this experiment was taken I hope that these cat’s were taken indoor’s for good for their own safety and not left to be outdoor cat’s.

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