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A survey of attitudes of local citizens of a residential area toward urban stray cats in Japan

By K. Uetake, S. Yamada, M. Yano, T. Tanaka

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This study surveyed the attitudes of local residents living in an urban area in Japan toward stray cats. An anonymous questionnaire asked local residents (359 houses) about their attitudes toward stray cats. Responses were received from 126 houses (35%). Answers about nuisance, respondents' actions, and actions to be taken with regard to stray cats did not differ by place or type of residence of respondents. More than one third (36.716.6%) of the respondents answered that the "bad smell of the feces and urine" was a nuisance. Respondents who lived in detached houses tended to like cats compared with those who lived in condominiums. Respondents who liked cats took care of cats more frequently, whereas those who disliked cats chased cats away and prevented their intrusion into their houses and land. However, it is noteworthy that one third or more (minimum value: 37.8%) of respondents of all kinds answered that neutering is one effective way to suppress the population of stray cats.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 17
Issue 2
Pages 172-177
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10888705.2013.798558
Language English
Author Address School of Veterinary Medicine, Azabu University, 1-17-71 Fuchinobe, Chuo-ku, Sagamihara 252-5201, Japan.uetake@azabu-u.ac.jp
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  1. Animals
  2. Animal welfare
  3. APEC countries
  4. Asia
  5. Attitudes
  6. Carnivores
  7. Cats
  8. Developed countries
  9. Dwellings
  10. Feces
  11. Feral animals
  12. Japan
  13. Mammals
  14. OECD countries
  15. peer-reviewed
  16. Questionnaires
  17. surveys
  18. urban areas
  19. vertebrates
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