The Secret Life of Outdoor Cats Revealed
August 21, 2012
The University of Georgia recently did a study on what cats allowed outside do and where they go by placing small cameras on their collars and recording every move.
Via the Kitty Cam, the research team measured cat predation on wildlife as well as quantified health risks faced by free-roaming cats. These images are more powerful than words and collectively, they tell a story more accurate than anecdotal cat tales from human observers. [source]
For years, those of us who are advocates for keeping cats strictly indoors have needed proof of how dangerous an outdoor cat's life can really be. It's hard to convince an outdoor cat owner that their intelligent feline can get into some real trouble out there, not only to themselves, but to the population of wildlife and annoyance on neighbors.
Some of the videos from the cams are cute; kitties bumping noses with other kitties or watching birds (and not actually catching them). But many are downright frightening, such as a fight with a 'possum, attacking a dog, and perhaps worse of all, walking through a really disgusting drainage system. No wonder outdoor cats are never clean, have skin issues and often come home with scratches and cuts.