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The Perceived and Actual Impact of Outdoor Domestic Cats on Local Ecology in Massachusetts, and the Effects of Education on Cat Owner Behavior

By Olivia Shraibati, Christian Zelaya

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Abstract

This project, Impact of Outdoor Cats and Educational Effects on Cat Owners, created a survey to assess the perceived ecological impact of domestic cats by residents of Massachusetts. It found that cat owners were overwhelmingly unaware of the full effects of their pet’s predation habits. Following the survey distribution, an educational program was created and administered to second grade students attending Elm Park Community School. The lesson showed a positive increase in knowledge and attitudes relating to the issue. They were also encouraged to relate what they had learned through an informational brochure that was given upon completion of the lesson.

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Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2015
Pages 57
Publisher Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Degree Bachelor of Science
URL https://digital.wpi.edu/show/fj236284n
Language English
University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  3. Cats
  4. Conservation
  5. Domestic animals
  6. Mammals
  7. Massachusetts
  8. open access
  9. Pet owners.
  10. Pet ownership
  11. Pets and companion animals
  12. sustainability
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