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Feature September 2014 Issue

A new study to identify the  activity patterns of outdoor cats

The ongoing debate continues between cat lovers and bird advocates about the nature of free-roaming cats and the hunting of birds and small mammals.

A new study to identify the activity patterns of outdoor cats

A team of researchers at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and NC State University has launched an ambitious effort to analyze the secret lives of outdoor cats with the help of tiny satellite tracking harnesses, a 3-D printer and daily feces analysis. This could eventually include miniature cat-mounted video cameras to detail behavior of outdoor cats.

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