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Factors relevant to adoption of cats in an animal shelter

By J. M. Fantuzzi, K. A. Miller, E. Weiss

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This study performed a multifactor analysis of the effects of the provision of toys, cage location, and cat characteristics (activity level, age, sex, and coat color) on 111 cats available for adoption in a nonhuman animal shelter. The analysis revealed a greater adopter viewing of cats housed at eye level and of those with toys - even though the toys did not affect the cats' behavior. Adopters viewed cats who were active for longer periods of time. The active cats were more likely to be adopted during the 16-week study than cats who were less active.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 13
Issue 2
Pages 174-179
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10888700903583467
Language English
Author Address Department of Psychology, Hunter College, New York City, New York, USA.
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  1. Analysis
  2. Animal rights
  3. Animals
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Carnivores
  6. Cats
  7. Coats
  8. Color
  9. Effect
  10. Eyes
  11. Mammals
  12. peer-reviewed
  13. Pets and companion animals
  14. pigmentation
  15. vertebrates
  1. peer-reviewed