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Motivations for and thoughts toward rabbit ownership and factors contributing to companion-rabbit owners' knowledge

By Tasha Welch

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Abstract

Prospective rabbit owners’ pre-acquisition motivations for and thoughts toward rabbit ownership were explored using one-on-one telephone interviews (n=18). Thematic analysis revealed the theme considerations prior to acquiring a companion rabbit, which involved four subthemes: reasons given for acquiring a companion rabbit, considerations when choosing an acquisition source, animal-related pre-acquisition considerations and owner-related pre-acquisition considerations. An online survey involving current rabbit owners (n=2,890) across Canada, the United States and outside of both countries explored factors associated with companion-rabbit owners’ knowledge of rabbit care and the spay or neuter status of companion rabbits. An approximation of logistic regression showed increasing attachment, increasing participant age and regular veterinary check-ups to be associated with higher odds of answering a knowledge question correctly. Logistic regression found increasing knowledge score, regular veterinary check-ups and owning only one rabbit increased the odds of owning a spayed or neutered rabbit. Findings identify educational and future research opportunities relating to companion-rabbit ownership.

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Katie Carroll

Publisher University of Guelph
Department Department of Population Medicine
Degree Master of Science
URL https://atrium.lib.uoguelph.ca/xmlui/handle/10214/8841
Language English
University The University of Guelph
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Human-animal relationships
  4. Knowledge
  5. Mammals
  6. Pet ownership
  7. Pets and companion animals
  8. rabbits