What ARE our cats doing outside?
WELCOME! Kitty Cams research examined the nature of outdoor activities of owned cats by monitoring pets outfitted with "Kitty Cam" video cameras. Kitty Cams allow recording of a cat-eye view without disrupting behavior. We used Kitty Cams to investigate the activities of urban free-roaming cats in Athens, Georgia from Nov. 2010 -Oct. 2011, with goals for wildlife conservation and for improving the health and well-being of pet cats.
Learn more about our research into the interactions and behavior of cats in the environment.
Explore our amazing kitty cam videos and photos showing the daily life of free-roaming cats
What is next for Kitty Cams?
- We are happy to announce that "KittyCams 2.0", the second phase of our
project has been approved for funding! We will be following the activities
of a managed colony of feral cats on a barrier island off the Georgia
coast. We are currently working with National Geographic's CritterCam
Program who will produce the second generation of cameras and begin the
project in early 2014. The project will be funded by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the American Bird Conservancy. We truly
appreciate their efforts!
- To help fund this research using KittyCams, contact: Dr. Sonia Hernandez
In the News
- ABC News, September 7, 2012: When Kitties Attack
- NPR, August 10, 2012: 'Kitty Cam' Reveals The Secret Life Of Roaming Cats
- Mother Jones, August 10, 2012: Kitty Cams Reveal Shocking Truth
- New York Times Green Blog, August 8, 2012: Kitty Cam Shows Not All Cats Are Killers
- LA Times, August 7, 2012: Lightweight Kitty Cams reveal the secret life of house cats
- NBC Nightly News, May 16, 2012: Candid Cat Camera
- CBS Atlanta, April 24, 2012: Kitty cameras show Athens cats on the prowl
- Online Athens, April 24, 2012: Kitty cams show what Athens' roaming cats are up to
The Kitty Cam Team
The principal investigators guiding this project are keenly committed to understanding the welfare of free-roaming pet cats and the interactions of domestic cats and native wildlife.
- Dr. Sonia Hernandez, Warnell School of Forestry
and Natural Resources,
Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study
- Greg Marshall, Vice President, Remote Imaging, National Geographic Society
- Kyler Abernathy, Director of Research, Remote Imaging, National Geographic Society
- Dr. John Carroll, Warnell School of Forestry
and Natural Resources
- Kerrie Anne Loyd, Graduate Student, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources
We thank the following organizations for their support:
- The National Geographic Society
- Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, A KeyBank Trust
- The Morris Animal Foundation
Veterinary Scholars Program
- Oconee Rivers Audubon Society
- The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
- Pender Pet Caring Foundation