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Each cat's path was mapped using GPS collars and is shown in a different colour If the GPS system showed interesting movement patterns, the cat in question would be fitted with a ‘cat cam’ – a tiny surveillance camera designed by specialists at the BBC’s research and development centre – which dangled from their neck as they went about their business.
Claude’s night-time raids on his neighbouring cat’s food bowl, meanwhile, were captured with the help of a hidden camera erected in the corner of the kitchen, after his GPS data showed he was entering Rosie’s home.‘We had always been curious about what he got up to,’ says Sooty’s owner, 17-year-old A-level student Tom Townsend-Smith, who lives in Shamley Green with his parents and sister.
‘He disappears for long periods of time – now we know why.’As for the others – though they may not have travelled far, they were remarkably proprietorial about their territory, marking it with distinctive-smelling chemicals which are secreted when they rub up against trees and rocks.
The makers of the show fitted 50 cats with highly sensitive GPS collars and miniature 'cat cams' that recorded their every move An eight-year-old grey and white tom, he likes chasing mice, sitting in the front garden and Whiskas cat food – which he regularly steals from the bowl of his neighbour’s moggy, a five-year-old ginger named Rosie, once her owners have gone to bed, by making full use of their cat flap.
Despite owning Claude for seven years, having adopted him as a kitten, Henrietta Mulnier, a 47-year-old lecturer, was unaware of his nocturnal thieving (which, as it turns out, is surprisingly common among domestic felines) until recently.
The programme documents how, for one week in April, 50 cats in the picturesque Surrey village of Shamley Green were put under 24-hour surveillance, fitted with a highly sensitive GPS collars and miniature ‘cat cams’ which recorded their every move.‘Before, we really didn’t know very much about what cats get up to,’ explains Dr John Bradshaw, an expert in human-animal interactions at Bristol University, who led the study alongside Sarah Ellis, a cat behaviourist at University of Lincoln’s Life Sciences department.Each cat was fitted with a GPS collar so the researchers could track their movements.This map shows the data collected from three of the cats in the vilage.Claude's trek is shown in red, Deebee's is shown in blue, and Thomas' is the green lines John says: ‘We put posters up in local shops and spoke to people in the street. A month later we had a meeting in the village hall – almost every other cat owner in the village was there.An interactive map created by the BBC lets you follow 10 of the 50 Shamley cats featured in the Horizon programme including Ginger, Sooty, Orlando, Hermie, Phoebe, Deebee Kato, Coco and Rosie.