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The cohabitation of humans and urban cats in the anthropocene: the clash of welfare concepts

By F. Jaros

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Urban environments are inhabited by several types of feline populations, which we can differentiate as feral cats, free-roaming pets, and confined pets. Due to a shift in the cultural representation of cats from pest controllers to companion animals, cats living semi-independently of humans are perceived increasingly negatively, while the pet population has become the object of intense care. A regulative approach converges with a concern for welfare in the operation and educational campaigns of municipal shelters, which through their implementation of neutering policies have proven to be key players in the contemporary relation of urban cats and humans. The generally widespread notion of cat welfare associated with a secure life comes into tension with the fact that the psychobiological needs of feral cats are significantly different than those of pets. It becomes apparent that individual interactions between humans and cats in urban environments in the Anthropocene are increasingly influenced by the intervention of institutions that can be characterized as seeking to administer the wild.

Date 2021
Publication Title Animals
Volume 11
Issue 3
Pages 14
ISBN/ISSN 2076-2615
Publisher MDPI
DOI 10.3390/ani11030705
Language English
Author Address Department of Philosophy and Social Studies, University of Hradec Kralove, 50003 Hradec Kralove, Czech
Additional Language English
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  1. Analytics
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animals
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Anthrozoology
  6. Behavioral research
  7. Carnivores
  8. Cats
  9. Feral animals
  10. Humans
  11. Mammals
  12. Men
  13. open access
  14. Pets and companion animals
  15. Primates
  16. shelters
  17. stray animals
  18. urban areas
  19. vertebrates
  20. welfare
  21. Wild animals
  22. Zoology
  1. open access