CAT owners will soon be able to monitor the movements of their pets with a new device designed to keep tabs on them.
The University of South Australia’s Discovery Centre’s Philip Roetman said he had been inundated with requests from hundreds of cat owners across the country since he launched the concept of using GPS trackers on the felines in Adelaide last year, the Australian reported.
The GPS trackers were designed to discover where domestic cats wandered and to ensure native animals weren’t being put at risk.
“Most cats have a small range of a couple of hectares,” Mr Roetman said.
“We’ve also tracked cats from the same household and found that you can have a cat with a small home range and a cat with a large home range.”
Mr Roetman said the cat-trackers would also enable those reading them to know if native birds, small mammals or reptiles were likely to be at risk.“There’s the impact on small native animals, and we also want to make sure people have got good information about their pets so they can manage them as well,” he said.
One case study revealed a seven-year-old pet cat travelled up to 5kms at a time when tracked.
The tracker showed the kitty had been visiting a neighbour two houses away who had been putting out food, explored a local high school, and traversed dozens of rooftops in the suburb.
Mr Roetman said the trackers don’t monitor what the felines eat.
The devices retail for about $100.
According to the RSPCA, there are about 3.3 million cats owned as pets in Australia with 29 per cent of Australian households home to at least one cat.