Cats With GPS Trackers Show Their Nightly Escapades

June 6, 2016


These are several satellite images with the data from cat-worn GPS trackers overlayed to show the nightly adventures of different cats living in Australia. The project was created by an Australian government organization to bring light to just how much cats roam at night, and the trouble they can cause local wildlife. My cat? My cat causes all kinds of trouble. "That's a coyote." That does explain trying to eat the neighbor's dog.

In Australia cats are considered invasive species and can have devastating effects on the native wildlife. Often cats' owners are convinced that their pets don't roam around at night, so the aim of this project is to show them what's really going on.

It looks like most cats explore directly around their home for a little bit, then make one or two journeys significantly further away. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? "Booty calls." Exactly. Fun fact: did you know the original feud between dogs and cats started because doggystyle was originally called cattystyle but dogs stole it and popularized it? That is 100% true and the next time you're doing it doggystyle I want you to think about that. I'm lying, I want you to think about me.

Keep going for several more maps.








Thanks to Gregory M, who put a GPS tracker on his indoor cat with much less surprising results.

  • Melissa Jasper

    Makes me glad my kitty is indoors only.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    I feel like the cats are using underground passages a lot if the GPS keeps getting disconnected like that. (as shown by the straight lines)

    Otherwise those are shitty GPS.

  • Melissa Jasper

    My parents cats use the tubes under the road to get across the road. Safer. They're out in the middle of nowhere.

  • JJtoob

    Nah, the cats are plowing through everything between the two points on the straight lines lol... OH YEAH!
    But really, cats are known to get into pipes, so it wouldn't surprise me if they really are going underground, but GPS units also aren't perfect.

  • ToyBoxofGuns

    If you let your pet roam around the neighborhood, you are a callous, irresponsible piece of shit, and you should be sterilized.

  • paperboy

    Sterilization? That's not where cats come from.

  • The_Teapot

    Holy shit, dude. Dial it down a notch or 12.

  • david

    If you're unwilling to let your animal fulfill its natural instincts by doing what every single other animal on the planet does and roam around outside, you probably shouldn't have a pet.

  • JJtoob

    Not that I would go to the extreme of the op, but there is a difference between letting your animal outside, and letting it roam all over the neighborhood. You wouldn't let a dog do that. I would love to own a cat, but I have a small apartment with no yard, so I just don't own one, but I would if I had a big yard.

  • dougfunnay

    and how do you plan on keeping the cat in your yard?
    going to sit down and reason with it?

  • JJtoob

    There are these things called chain-link fences. People build a complete enclosure out of them. Not that I would, and that's why I don't have cats, but if I did, I would invest in their safety.

  • dougfunnay

    you dont know dick about cats

  • dougfunnay

    woah i want to know which one of those little fuckers has the ten mile patrol

  • Jenness

    That's exactly what I thought! That's like....really far for a small cat.

    Hell, I am put out just if I have to drive to the store closer than that. LOL One day we'll have cameras teeny tiny enough to put on collars to film the whole thing and realize that cats are not cats - but aliens and they morph and meet other cats who morph and this whole time they've just been observing humans and cackling at us having to clean up their crap, put up with their hair balls and pet them only to have our love and devotion returned by hateful bites and back paw scratches.

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