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Subject: Cats (neutered ones) don't roam far from home when let outside, study finds
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https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2022/05/05/norway-cats-dont-roam-far-when-let-out-study/7491651762137/

Ever wonder where your cat wanders when you let it out? New research suggests
your kitty most likely sticks close to home.

Scientists used GPS to track the movements of nearly 100 pet cats in a small town
in Eastern Norway when they were outside. All of the cats lived in homes within
about two-thirds of a mile.

The cats spent an average of 79% of their outdoor time within 164 feet of their
home, and the average maximum distance that the cats went from home was
1,154 feet -- less than one-quarter of a mile -- according to the Norwegian
University of Life Sciences study.

"Some individuals traveled relatively far, sometimes several kilometers, but
those were the exceptions," said study author Richard Bischof, a professor at
the university.
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Cats probably spend a lot of time near their home resting, suggested study
author Bjarne Braastad, a professor of ethology, which is the study of animal
behavior.

"It is also worth noting that almost all the cats were neutered," Braastad said.
"It will of course play an important role. Neutered cats are less likely to roam."
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