Coast cats to help uni study
CATS across the Sunshine Coast are hitting the streets in high-tech cat harnesses, all in the name of environmental science.
University of the Sunshine Coast researcher Nicole Galea is kitting out household moggies with harnesses and accelerometers to track how they are behaving once they are outdoors, in a bid to boost wildlife protection efforts.
She says domestic cats have long been responsible for preying on native wildlife, and yet many of the Sunshine Coast’s estimated 38,600 domestic cats are left outside at night.
Nicole, who is studying a Bachelor of Ecology Honours supervised by Dr Christofer Clemente, said the devices could monitor whether a cat was walking, running, hunting or pouncing.
“Biometric data will give us important information to help us manage them more effectively.”
She’s seeking 30 registered, microchipped and desexed cats to be involved in the study.
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