WHAT WE WANT TO FIND OUT
ABOUT OUR PROJECT
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.