Secret life of cats exposed

Discover what your feline friend gets up to after dark, with a new Domestic Cat Tracking Project being coordinated by the Central Tablelands Local Land Service and Mid-Western Regional Council.

Cat owners are invited to join the program that promotes awareness of the surprisingly large distances that domestic cats can roam if they’re given free access to the outdoors, and the impact that can have on native wildlife.

Small GPS motion sensing devices will be attached to participating cats using a fitted harness for up to 10 days, to see how far they travel when unsupervised.

“The project was initially launched in the Lithgow Local Government Area last year, with some very interesting results,” Council’s Environment Officer Cassie Liney said.

“One of the cats tracked through the survey travelled more than three kilometres from home and other cats were tracked within an area of several hundred metres.”

Cats and their owners from Mudgee, Gulgong, Rylstone and Kandos are invited to join the program.

An information and registration session will be held on Thursday, May 18 at 6pm at the CWA Rooms, 48 Market Street, Mudgee.

Please RSVP for catering purposes. A light supper will be provided.

This project is supported by Central Tablelands Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

To find out more about the project contact Central Tablelands Officer, Julie Reynolds on 6378 1706.