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                                      Understanding urban cats through citizen science: the "Cat Tracker" project

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                                      01 March 2017

                                      The Cat Tracker project was a collaborative initiative to further the understanding of domestic cats and community views on their ownership, using a Citizen Science approach. Citizen Science research methodology sees scientists partner with the public to conduct scientific research. The project was made of two parts. The first part was a social survey which included sections relating to cat ownership, attachment to cats, participant demographics, general opinions on cats, and cat stories. The second part was a cat tracking study, where Global Positioning System tracking units and cat harnesses were given to cat owners to monitor their pet cat's movement for one week. This research helped to provide better understanding of cat management decisions by the community and inform cat management by local councils and state government. The project was conducted in partnership with researchers in Wellington, New Zealand and North Carolina, USA.

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                                      Other resources collected by the researchers may be available subject to researcher approval. Please contact Dr Philip Roetman.

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                                      Domestic Cat Personality

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                                      Cat Tracker South Australia: understanding pet cats through citizen science

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                                      Start date: 01 Feb 2014
                                      End date: 31 Dec 2016

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