Cat Tracker 2017-05-26T10:53:41+00:00

Photo by Lauren Nichols

Cat Tracker

Rob Dunn Lab | Public Science Projects

Cats are mysterious, dangerous and far more unpredictable than one might expect from an animal that is, theoretically, domesticated. Some of the mysteries of cats relate to where they go and what they do; this is especially true of cats that go outdoors. We open our doors. They leave. Just where they go, we can’t be sure. Or rather we couldn’t be sure, until now. With your help, we’re investigating the movement of domesticated cats across the landscape. We want to know: Where do they go? What are they eating? What do they bring home, microbially speaking?

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  • Roland Kays, Director of the Biodiversity and Earth Observation Lab and Research Associate Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Stephanie Schuttler, Post-doc
  • Tim Walsh, Citizen Science Coordinator at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT

In the Press

Why and Where Cats Roam

Huffington Post December 8, 2015 – Features the research from our Cat Tracker Project.

Ever Wonder Where Your Outdoor Cat Wanders?

The Boston Globe March 23, 2015 – Features the research of Roland Kays et al.

How Far Do Your Cats Roam?

National Geographic August 7, 2014 – Features the research of Roland Kays et al.

The Nine Simultaneous Lives of Cats: Cat Tracker

Discover July 25, 2014 – Features the research of Roland Kays et al.

Project Creations