Coast cats to help uni study

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

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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