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Researchers strapped video cameras on 16 cats and let them do their thing. Here?s what they found


Applied Animal Behaviour Science
the University of Derby
Manchester Metropolitan University
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Meredith WadmanMay
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David GrimmMay
Maren Huck
Samantha Watson
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Paul VoosenMay
Corbin Hiar
Tania RabesandratanaMay
Jeffrey MervisMay

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SOURCE: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/researchers-strapped-video-cameras-16-cats-and-let-them-do-their-thing-here-s-what-they
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Summary

In a study published this month in Applied Animal Behaviour Science, the behavioral ecologist at the University of Derby in the United Kingdom placed small cameras on 16 cats and followed them for up to 4 years as they prowled their neighborhoods. Though the study—co-authored by Samantha Watson, an animal behaviorist at Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom—was mostly done to gauge the accuracy of the technology, the duo has already made some surprising findings.Huck spoke with Science about the challenges of getting cats to wear video equipment and how the research might dispel some common misconceptions about felines.This interview has been edited for clarity and length.Q: What prompted you to put cameras on cats? A: A couple of other studies had put cameras on cats, but they tended to only look at one thing: how often cats cross roads, for example, or how many animals they kill. A: We started with 21 cats, but only 16 tolerated the cameras. If we find that cats seem more bored or stressed out when kept indoors—for example, by pacing, like some animals do at the zoo—that means we need to think more about enriching their indoor lives, or giving them some outside time.Q: You thank the study cats in the paper’s Acknowledgements section.

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