What Goes On Beyond The Cat Flap?

WHAT WE WANT TO FIND OUT

You And Your Cat Can Help Our Scientific Study
Go to CAT FUR CAN TELL US A LOT

CAT FUR CAN TELL US A LOT

Your cat’s fur stores information about what they get up to. Provide us with a sample of your cat’s fur, as well as, the food they eat and we can explore whether they are enjoying snacks away from their daily food bowl.
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Go to WHERE YOUR CAT ROAMS

WHERE YOUR CAT ROAMS

Using state of the art tracking devices we want to keep tabs on your tabby and share with you exactly where your cat wanders when you let them out of the house.
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Go to YOUR CAT’S PERSONALITY

YOUR CAT’S PERSONALITY

Cats have five unique personality traits. By completing a questionnaire we can assess your cats character and see if their personality traits link with other aspects of cat behaviour.
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ABOUT OUR PROJECT

The Small Cat Project is a Citizen Science project setup to help discover the secret life of your cat

We want to find out how cats interact with their environment. Where do they go? What do they eat? And does this vary across different habitats and/or between individual cats?

If you own a cat and live in Cornwall we would love to hear from you! Find out where your cat visits when they leave the house, identify their personality traits and explore their eating habits whilst away from their food bowl.

There is an estimated 8 million domestic cats in the UK, yet we know very little about what they get up to beyond the cat flap. The aims of this study are to investigate cat habitat preferences and roaming behaviour in the UK. We will link this information to individual differences in personality and diet. Participating cat owner's will receive a map of their cat's tracks, a full personality report and any information we reveal about their cat's diet.

This project has a team of international collaborators in the US, Australia and New Zealand, that have already tracked hundreds of domestic cats. Understanding where your cat goes will allow us to compare cat behaviour across continents.

This research will be conducted by researchers at The University of Exeter and is funded by The British Ecological Society.

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