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Epidemiology of domestic cat behavioral and welfare issues: a survey of Brazilian referral animal hospitals in 2009

By L. M. de Souza-Dantas, G. M. Soares, J. M. D'Almeida, R. L. Paixao

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Few feline behavioral categories, especially concerning their social behavior, have been studied so far. These include: the domestic cat social structure, relationships among individuals and communication among social groups. However, cats have become popular companion animals in many countries and multi-cat households are common. Not only behavioral disorders, but also normal behaviors are important causes of euthanasia and abandonment of healthy cats. This study aimed to conduct a national survey on behavioral problems of cats and how they affect cat welfare, in university animal hospitals in Brazil. The methods used were questionnaires sent to veterinarians at all referral hospitals in the country. Forty-six vet school hospitals from a total of 108 returned the questionnaire (33.6%). The majority of veterinarians affirmed that they had been consulted on behavior disorders (91.1%), mostly regarding dogs (90.2%). Most of the participants refer behavior cases to veterinary behaviorists (57.6

Date 2009
Publication Title International Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine
Volume 7
Issue 3
Pages 130-137
ISBN/ISSN 1542-2666
Language English
Author Address Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Medicina Veterinaria (Clinica e Reproducao Animal) College of Veterinary Medicine, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, RJ, Brazil.
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  1. Aggression
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal hospitals
  4. Animal rights
  5. Animal science
  6. Animals in culture
  7. Animal welfare
  8. Brazil
  9. Cats
  10. Conflict
  11. Developed countries
  12. Dogs
  13. Enrichment
  14. Epidemiology
  15. Ethics
  16. Euthanasia
  17. Gonadectomy
  18. Health
  19. Health services
  20. Hospitals
  21. Households
  22. Illnesses
  23. Latin America
  24. Mammals
  25. Methodologies
  26. Methods
  27. modification
  28. Pets and companion animals
  29. Public health
  30. Questionnaires
  31. Social behavior
  32. social order
  33. Social psychology and social anthropology
  34. social structure
  35. South America
  36. surveys
  37. Techniques
  38. therapeutics
  39. therapy
  40. Threshold Countries
  41. United States of America
  42. Veterinarians
  43. veterinary clinics
  44. veterinary hospitals
  45. Veterinary medicine
  46. Veterinary surgery