Cat Tracker

Discovery Circle - Cat Tracker AUSTRALIA

Where does your cat roam?

Welcome to the Cat Tracker Australia project! This project will help us to understand more about cats, their behaviours, and their relationships with their owners.

There are two parts to this project – you can just complete our online survey about cats, or you can also volunteer a cat to be tracked. 

  • PART ONE: An online survey – this survey can be completed by anyone aged 16+ in Australia – even if you don’t own a cat. The survey will help us to understand more about cats, their behaviours, and their relationships with their owners. You can provide information about up to three of your cats. If you just want to complete this part, click here.
  • PART TWO: Tracking cats with GPS units – we plan to track as many as 1400 cats around Australia. You can volunteer your pet cat for tracking. We will select cats to be tracked. We will track as many cats as possible, but we cannot guarantee to track all cats volunteered (our maximum is 1400 cats). Additionally, cat tracking can only be conducted with appropriate approvals from each State and Territory Government in Australia. We currently hold approvals for South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory. We are applying for approvals in other areas and hope to be able to track cats around Australia during 2018. Cat tracking will commence on February 1, 2018. To volunteer your cat you must first complete Part 1 (the online survey: click here)
Get started - complete the Cat Tracker survey

GPS Cat Tracking

How the cat tracking works: for the cats that we track, we provide a GPS tracking device for one week of tracking. We will post the tracking devices to selected cat owners with instructions for cat tracking. We will also provide postage-paid envelopes for the tracking devices to be sent back to us. When we receive the tracking devices back from cat owners we upload the tracks of the cat onto the Discovery Circle website. We also send the cat owners an email to let them know where to find the map of their cat’s tracks. You can see example cat tracks on our website (click here).

How to participate in cat tracking: the first step is to complete the online survey. During the survey you can select if you would like to have your pet cat tracked. We plan to track as many as 1400 cats around Australia, but we cannot guarantee to track all cats volunteered for tracking. We will let cat owners know within six weeks if their cat has been selected.

Contact us and stay in touch

Jamie wearing a GPS tracking device

Jamie wearing a GPS tracking device

Resources for teachers

We have created extensive resources for teachers to use in the classroom, with links to the Australian Curriculum for Reception to Year 9 school students (click here to access the teacher resources).

About the project

We have collaborated with researchers from the USA to bring Cat Tracker to Australia. Click here to see the cat tracks recorded in the USA (click on a picture of a cat to see where that cat travelled). You can see the cat tracks from South Australia (click here) and New Zealand (click here) too. During 2015 and 2016 we tracked cats in South Australia. A report on the South Australian project is available online (click here).


We have developed four fact-sheets as part of the educational resources for this project. They include information about the taxonomy of cats, cat biology, the history of cats, and the differences between owned, semi-owned and un-owned cats. Click here to view the fact-sheets.

Cat Personality Tests

Continuing our work on cat personality (click here to read about it), we have launched an online Cat Personality Test that anyone can use.

Do the Cat Personality Test

Just for fun… Where’s Sheffield?

Sheffield the cat has been on the move. See photos of Sheffield on his journeys and see if you can work out where he is… TEST YOURSELF!

Where's Sheffield? Do the test! 


Pussycat, Pussycat where have you been? View the UniSA Media Release online (click here).

This project is supported by:

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Discovery Circle - Cat Tracker AUSTRALIA