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Cat Tracker

Main Project Information
Presented By Your Wild Life | NC State | NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Goal Learn the secret life of your outdoor cat using GPS technology!
Task Put a GPS harness on your outdoor cat!

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?

How to Join

1. Register on our project website

2. Get a harness!

3. Start Tracking
Set cat loose for 9 days with the GPS harness safely affixed to your cat

4. Get your data!

Ethical Considerations:

We think keeping cats indoors is the best strategy for protecting cat health and safety as well as that of wildlife.

Cat owners are responsible for knowing and complying with local statutes (aka leash laws) in their municipalities.

Owners choosing to let their cat outdoors assume the risks and responsibilities associated with their actions.

This research has been approved by the NC State Institutional Review Board (#3515) and the Animal Care and Use Committee (NCSM 2014-01).

Teachers find materials here

Social Media
Expenses $62
Required Gear

i-gotU USB GPS Travel & Sports Logger – GT-120 (available through Amazon)

H-Style Cat Harness (available through Amazon)

PC computer or partitioned Mac (a method of splitting your computer to run two different operating systems)

-Needle and thread
-Sturdy tape (Gorilla Tape, Duct Tape)

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At home
Class Materials
Tags cat, cats, cat tracker, gps, kitty, map, maps, students discover
Project Updated 05/23/2018