Whether domesticated or feral, cats love to be outdoors. These born hunters are rarely content to remain enclosed between 4 walls and often ask their masters to open doors and windows so that they can escape.
The head of the study, Torbjørn Haugaasenof the’Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), and his team, wanted to find out more and help cat owners better understand what happened once the felines were left to fend for themselves in the wild.
Surprising but reassuring results
The newspaper The Jerusalem Post explains that the scientists wanted to map the space used by cats outdoors. To do this, they tracked 92 cats by GPS collar in a restricted area of 1.1 kilometers for a month. And it looks like the cats are actually…just around the corner!
Our four-legged friends don’t seem to venture far. They spend the vast majority (79%) of their time 50 meters or less from their home and travel a maximum average distance of around 352 meters. Very few of the cats monitored stray further from home, and very often these were not sterilized.
The behavior of felines also impacts the ecosystem
If this study reassures the owners of cats, it also makes it possible to understand the state of the fauna in the zone concerned. These formidable hunters of rodents and birds play an important role since they are the cause of the death of billions of birds and mammals each year according to certain scientists!
However, these hunting instincts make it possible to limit the proliferation of rodents and thus to preserve cereal stocks safe from pests.