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Comparison of stress exhibited by cats examined in a clinic versus a home setting

By B. M. Nibblett, J. K. Ketzis, E. K. Grigg

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Serum cortisol levels, physiological parameters and behavior were used to assess stress experienced by cats examined using equivalent low stress handling techniques in two different environments: their home and an idealized veterinary clinic setting. Healthy cats ( n=18) were examined in a randomized cross-over study design: 10 were examined in a clinic setting first and eight in the home first with standardization of the examination procedure including personnel and duration between examinations. All procedures were captured on video for behavioral analysis. Serum cortisol was not significantly different between the two examination environments. However, cortisol was lower on their second visit regardless of examination environment ( P

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 173
Pages 68-75
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2014.10.005
Language English
Author Address Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Box 334, Basseterre, St Kitts Nevis.bnibblett@rossvet.edu.kn bellenibblett@yahoo.com
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  1. Aggression
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal hospitals
  4. Animals
  5. Blood
  6. Carnivores
  7. Cats
  8. Clinical aspects
  9. Estimation
  10. Handling
  11. Humans
  12. Hydrocortisone
  13. Mammals
  14. Medication
  15. Men
  16. Methodologies
  17. peer-reviewed
  18. personnel
  19. Primates
  20. standardization
  21. Stress
  22. sugar
  23. Techniques
  24. vertebrates
  25. Veterinarians
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