Pet Cats United States

dc.contributor.authorKays, Roland
dc.contributor.authorDunn, Robert R.
dc.contributor.authorParsons, Arielle
dc.contributor.authorMcdonald, Brandon
dc.contributor.authorPerkins, Troi
dc.contributor.authorPowers, Shelby
dc.contributor.authorShell, Leonora
dc.description.abstractDomestic cats (Felis catus) are a conservation concern because they kill billions of native prey each year, but without spatial context the ecological importance of pets as predators remains uncertain. We worked with citizen scientists to track 925 pet cats from six countries, finding remarkably small home ranges (3.6 ± 5.6 ha). Only three cats ranged > 1 km^2 and we found no relationship between home range size and the presence of larger native predators (i.e. coyotes, Canis latrans). Most (75%) cats used primarily (90%) disturbed habitats. Owners reported that their pets killed an average of 3.5 prey items/month, leading to an estimated ecological impact per cat of 14.2‐38.9 prey ha^−1 yr^−1. This is similar or higher than the per‐animal ecological impact of wild carnivores but the effect is amplified by the high density of cats in neighborhoods. As a result, pet cats around the world have an ecological impact greater than native predators but concentrated within ~100 m of their homes.
dc.subjectanimal movement
dc.subjectanimal tracking
dc.subjectcitizen science
dc.subjectdomestic cats
dc.subjectFelis catus
dc.subjectGPS logger
dc.subjecturban ecology
dc.titlePet Cats United States
dspace.entity.typeData package
dwc.ScientificNameFelis catus
  title = {Pet Cats United States},
  author = {Kays, R and Dunn, RR and Parsons, A and Mcdonald, B and Perkins, T and Powers, S and Shell, L},
  URL = {},
  doi = {doi:10.5441/001/1.bg0v5531/1},
  publisher = {Movebank data repository}
Kays R, Dunn RR, Parsons A, Mcdonald B, Perkins T, Powers S, Shell L. Pet Cats United States. Movebank Data Repository.
ID  - doi:10.5441/001/1.bg0v5531/1
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AU  - Kays, Roland
AU  - Dunn, Robert R.
AU  - Parsons, Arielle
AU  - Mcdonald, Brandon
AU  - Perkins, Troi
AU  - Powers, Shelby
AU  - Shell, Leonora
KW  - animal movement
KW  - animal tracking
KW  - citizen science
KW  - domestic cats
KW  - Felis catus
KW  - GPS logger
KW  - predation
KW  - urban ecology
KW  - Felis catus
PB  - Movebank data repository
UR  -
DO  - doi:10.5441/001/1.bg0v5531/1
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