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Measuring attachment to companion animals: a dog is not a cat is not a bird

By R.Lee Zasloff

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Abstract

Although the literature on human-animal interactions has documented the physical, psychological, and social benefits resulting from positive relationships with dogs, cats, and other kinds of companion animals, many attachment instruments include items that pertain to specific kinds of interactions with dogs. For this reason, dog owners attain higher scores on these measures than owners of cats and other types of pets. This study introduces a scale for measuring attachment in terms of the perceived comfort received from a pet. A sample of 87 cat owners and 58 dog owners completed the Comfort from Companion Animals Scale. The results showed that, when two items pertaining to dogs were included, dog owners showed a significantly higher degree of attachment. When only the 11 items pertaining to the emotional nature of the relationship were included, however, there were no differences in the scores of the two groups. The results indicate the importance of clarifying both the commonalities and differences of human interactions with various companion animal species.

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Megan Kendall

Purdue University

Date 1996
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 47
Issue 1-2
Pages 43-48
Publisher Elsevier
DOI 10.1016/0168-1591(95)01009-2
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0168159195010092
Language English
Notes This article was used with permission by Elsevier
Additional Language English
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  • R.Lee Zasloff (2013), "Measuring attachment to companion animals: a dog is not a cat is not a bird," https://habricentral.org/resources/2394.

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Tags
  1. Animal roles
  2. Attachment
  3. Human-animal relationships
  4. Interactions
  5. Measurement
  6. open access
  7. peer-reviewed
  8. Pets and companion animals
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  2. peer-reviewed