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The influence of visual stimulation on the behaviour of cats housed in a rescue shelter

By S. L. H. Ellis, D. L. Wells

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This study explored the influence of 5 types of visual stimulation (1 control condition [no visual stimulation] and 4 experimental conditions [blank television screen; and, televised images depicting humans, inanimate movement, animate movement]) on the behaviour of 125 cats housed in a rescue shelter. Twenty-five cats were randomly assigned to one of the five conditions of visual stimulation for 3 h a day for 3 days. Each cat's behaviour was recorded every 5 min throughout each day of exposure to the visual stimuli. Cats spent relatively little of the total observation time (6.10

Date 2008
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 113
Issue 1/3
Pages 166-174
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Canine Behaviour Centre, School of Psychology, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland, UK. d.wells@qub.ac.uk
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Cats
  3. Enrichment
  4. Exercise
  5. Mammals
  6. peer-reviewed
  7. pens
  8. Pets and companion animals
  9. prey
  10. Primates
  11. shelters
  12. stimulation
  13. Television
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