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Development and evaluation of the Fe-BARQ: A new survey instrument for measuring behavior in domestic cats (Felis s. catus)

By Deborah L. Duffy, Roseana T. Diniz de Moura, James A. Serpell

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Abstract

A questionnaire instrument for obtaining quantitative behavioral evaluations of pet cats from cat owners was developed and validated. Exploratory Factor Analysis of 2608 questionnaire responses to 149 behavioral questions/items extracted a total of 23 distinct factors that measured most of the more common dimensions of cat behavior. Seventeen of the 23 factors demonstrated adequate-high internal reliability (Cronbach's alpha=0.712-0.923). Questionnaire validation was accomplished by determining: (a) whether owners' subjective ratings of the severity of their cat's behavior problems were associated with cats' actual scores on expected questionnaire factors, (b) whether expected associations between specific demographic and/or lifestyle characteristics and behavior were confirmed by cats' factor or item scores on the questionnaire, and (c) whether breed rankings based on owner-reported factor scores matched those previously derived from the opinions of experts (veterinarians). The results of these various tests confirmed the overall construct validity of the questionnaire.

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Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2017
Publication Title Behavioural Processes
Volume 141
Issue 3
Pages 329-341
Publisher Elsevier
DOI 10.1016/j.beproc.2017.02.010
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0376635716302947
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  3. Cats
  4. Mammals
  5. open access
  6. Pets and companion animals
  7. Questionnaires
  8. validation
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