Sixth: Early morning wanderings in the snow

Leo did not go to sleep until two the night before this early morning walk at nine and as such he was not gagging for a wee as he normally is at this time. It was Sunday morning, it was still snowy. Let us see where he has gone.

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Probably the first thing to notice is how Leo sticks to human areas on this wander. He spends a little time in the woods but mostly he is around the houses of Crescent Walk after starting his walk by going to the woods.

Kären and I had a sneaky wander around the top of the woods where Leo goes this afternoon. It has steep banks down to the beck but Leo stays away from the beck and sticks to a cat-path. He has a small run in the field but the snow was probably too deep for him and he trotted back.

Its interesting that he has a number of paths through gardens towards (or away from, in this case) the field. He has more than one route to and from the field though the houses.

In the middle of the walk he came home and sat around for a while. The tracker is not brilliant at tracking Leo sitting around and it seems that he is darting about small areas. He is not, he is very much sleeping.

He went out for another wander after his sleep which was when we were having out sneaky wander into his field. He did not go into the field but it is possible he saw us in it (or smelled, Leo’s sense of smell is good and he can sniff people before he sees them)

He went into the woods but rather than scrabbling through the mud he ran through someone’s garden and then wandered home.

Five: A cat in the snow

Leo went out at about nine for a wander and a wee after sleeping all night. Clayton was covered with snow so lets see where he goes…

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First Leo’s tracker only wakes from its sleep mode as he is already far away. He is around the field near the cemetery when we pick him up and on his way back home. He cuts through a few gardens near home but takes a turn down to the woods before returning home. I suspect he had his wee before the tracker began.

Its a shame that the tracker slept at the start and hopefully future data will be fuller.

The Fourth: Thursday after the day before

Leo was accidentally locked in all day on Wednesday. He was furious. The next day he went out early. Lets see what he did…

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Ignoring the early artifacting in the GPX it seems that the first thing Leo does is run around like a giddy thing. IN the first hour of his day he goes back and forth around the gardens we already know he likes to visit (behind 43 etc) and further out to the edge of the road.

It is very interesting that he avoids the back of my neighbour’s house and the neighbour on from him. His main route seems to be under the trees in my garden rather than through my neighbour’s garden. This is interesting because my neighbour tells me Leo is always in there.

After returning home briefly things get really interesting.

Leo does indeed cross two roads into the area between the Filler’s Field and Bull Grave Woods and walks along the back of the gardens and into Bull Grave Woods where he spends around thirty minutes adventuring around.

The woods are empty enough and have a steep banking down the beck in the middle but Leo seems to stay on one side of the bank and never try to cross but he does go down towards the Beck.

Then, for some reason, he races back to the houses darting a distance around the length of Crescent Walk in the space of ten seconds. He returns back much slower (around 90 seconds) and I wonder if something startled him enough to cause him to head to safe ground, but not enough to mean he does not go back.

When he does go back he goes much further than I ever thought he would. He goes down the woods and (as can be seen at the top of the map) around the field using the trees for cover and perhaps hunting mice or similar in the grass. At that point (around 10:30 I think) there will be no one around.

He is in a human-less world as he wanders back through the woods slowly. At this point he starts to go up and down 2-3m in sharp jumps which could be him climbing trees in Bull Grave Woods.

His data stops then. I’m still getting used to the tracker – but he was safe and sound at home when we returned.

Third try – Sunday morning wanderings

Leo has been out for a morning wander. Ignore the long straight lines on the left – those are the tracker trying to get a position – but look rather at the clump on the right. Of course the tracker clicks every 3 seconds and a 19 month year old cat can cover a long distance in that time meaning it is possible he has run those distances. More data will tell us if that is a route he takes often or a blip.

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We can start to see Leo’s path through the gardens. He goes to the corner of Crescent Walk but not to the road which is interesting and it is also interesting that he ignores the neighbours garden considering that the neighbour spends a lot of energy complaining that Leo has been in his garden.

I suspect the large spider mess of the map in the bottom right is where we would find Leo’s seven lost collars.