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  1. Non-Contact Vital Signs Monitoring of Dog and Cat Using a UWB Radar

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    | Contributor(s):: Pengfei Wang, Yangyang Ma, Fulai Liang, Yang Zhang, Xiao Yu, Zhao Li, Qiang An, Hao Lv, Jianqi Wang

    As pets are considered members of the family, their health has received widespread attention. Since pets cannot talk and complain when they feel uncomfortable, monitoring vital signs becomes very helpful in disease detection, as well as observing their progression and response to treatment. In...

  2. Uncontrolled Outdoor Access for Cats: An Assessment of Risks and Benefits

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    | Contributor(s):: Sarah M.L. Tan, Anastasia C. Stellato, Lee Niel

    Uncontrolled outdoor access is associated with a number of welfare concerns for companion cats, including increased risks of disease and parasites, injury or death due to traffic, predation or ingestion of toxic substances, and getting permanently separated from their owner. In addition, cats...

  3. Pain and Problem Behavior in Cats and Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Daniel S. Mills, Isabelle Demontigny-Bédard, Margaret Gruen, Mary P. Klinck, Kevin J. McPeake, Ana Maria Barcelos, Lynn Hewison, Himara Van Haevermaet, Sagi Denenberg, Hagar Hauser, Colleen Koch, Kelly Ballantyne, Colleen Wilson, Chirantana V Mathkari, Julia Pounder, Elena Garcia, Patrícia Darder, Jaume Fatjó, Emily Levine

    We argue that there is currently an under-reporting of the ways in which pain can be associated with problem behavior, which is seriously limiting the recognition of this welfare problem. A review of the caseloads of 100 recent dog cases of several authors indicates that a conservative estimate...

  4. Health Status of 'Community Cats' Living in the Tourist Area of the Old Town in Onomichi City, Japan

    | Contributor(s):: Seo, Aira, Ueda, Yoshihide, Tanida, Hajime

  5. Human-cat emotional closeness and unacceptable behavior in cats: a Brazilian perspective

    | Contributor(s):: Franck, K. R., Paz, J. E. G., Costa, E. de F., Costa, F. V. A. da

  6. Address the end of life of the animal in the presence of the children of the familyApproccio al fine vita dell'animale in presenza di bambini

    | Contributor(s):: Caux, A., Dattee, V.

  7. "The Cone of Shame": Welfare Implications of Elizabethan Collar Use on Dogs and Cats as Reported by their Owners

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    | Contributor(s):: Yustina Shenoda, Michael P. Ward, Dorothy McKeegan, Anne Fawcett

    Elizabethan collars are used in companion animals primarily to prevent self-trauma and associated negative welfare states in animals. However, they have been anecdotally associated with negative impacts on animal health and welfare including distress, abraded/ulcerated skin and misadventure....

  8. Response to Wolf et al.: Furthering Debate over the Suitability of Trap-Neuter-Return for Stray Cat Management

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    | Contributor(s):: Michael C. Calver, Heather M. Crawford, Patricia A. Fleming

    To continue dialogue over proposed Australian trials of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), we applied a framework requiring identification of areas of agreement, areas of disagreement, and identification of empirical data collection required to resolve disagreements. There is agreement that Australia...

  9. Investigating the Cultural Context for Big Cat Conservation Around the World

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    | Contributor(s):: Kathleen Elizabeth Krafte

    Populations of predators are in decline worldwide as human growth and development destroys and alters their habitats. At the same time, large predators are a tourist attraction in many regions of the world, bringing essential income to governments and local communities. The complex interactions...

  10. Cats vs. Dogs: The Efficacy of Feliway FriendsTM and AdaptilTM Products in Multispecies Homes

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    | Contributor(s):: Miriam Rebecca Prior, Daniel Simon Mills

    Seven percent of UK households are estimated to own both a cat and a dog, despite a popular view that the two do not live well together. This is the first study to evaluate the effects of pheromone products Feliway FriendsTM and AdaptilTM on cat-dog interactions, in homes where owners perceived...

  11. Development of the Pet Owner Connectedness Scale (POCS)

    | Contributor(s):: Oliva, Jessica Lee, Johnston, Kim Louise

  12. High-rise syndrome in cats and dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Lefman, S., Prittie, J. E.

  13. Risk Factors for SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Illness in Cats and Dogs(1)

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    | Contributor(s):: Bienzle, D., Rousseau, J., Marom, D., MacNicol, J., Jacobson, L., Sparling, S., Prystajecky, N., Fraser, E., Weese, J. S.

    We tested swab specimens from pets in households in Ontario, Canada, with human COVID-19 cases by quantitative PCR for SARS-CoV-2 and surveyed pet owners for risk factors associated with infection and seropositivity. We tested serum samples for spike protein IgG and IgM in household pets and...

  14. Mothers' Reflections on Cat Ownership for a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder During COVID-19

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    | Contributor(s):: Saskia Keville, Sophia De Vita, Amanda K. Ludlow

    Animal- assisted interventions are increasingly used as a complementary therapy in clinical practice to support people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with promising outcomes compared to traditional therapies. Less is understood about the therapeutic benefits of more accessible and...

  15. Domestic Cat Ethology: Evaluating Social Media for Data Collection

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    | Contributor(s):: Patricia Casey

    This study looked at whether user-submitted videos of cats could be used to increase understanding of their behavior. The findings suggest that the behaviors observed were consistent with prior research, and contain typical cat behavior. Depending on the research question, user-submitted videos...

  16. Molecular Characterization of Hemoparasites and Hemoplasmas Infecting Domestic Cats of Southern India

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    | Contributor(s):: Lanchalung Malangmei, Karapparambu Gopalan Ajith Kumar, Ashwathappa Nandini, Christophe Angeline Felicia Bora, Anju Varghese, Birur Mallappa Amrutha, Prashant Somalingappa Kurbet, Rangapura Kariyappa Pradeep, Murikoli Nimisha, Chundiyil Kalarickal Deepa, Lijo John, Reghu Ravindran

    In the present study, 111 blood samples were collected from apparently healthy cats belonging to four districts of Kerala, southern India, and they were investigated for the presence of hemoparasites and hemoplasmas by light microscopic examination and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The...

  17. A Defense of Free-Roaming Cats from a Hedonist Account of Feline Well-being

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    | Contributor(s):: C. E. Abbate

    There is a widespread belief that for their own safety and for the protection of wildlife, cats should be permanently kept indoors. Against this view, I argue that cat guardians have a duty to provide their feline companions with outdoor access. The argument is based on a sophisticated...

  18. Characterizing pet acquisition and retention during the COVID-19 pandemic

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    | Contributor(s):: Hoffman, C. L., Thibault, M., Hong, J.

    In March 2020, Americans began experiencing numerous lifestyle changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some reports have suggested that pet acquisition and ownership increased during this period, and some have suggested shelters and rescues will be overwhelmed once pandemic-related restrictions are...

  19. Association of age and body condition with physical activity of domestic cats (Felis catus)

    | Contributor(s):: Smit, Michelle, Corner-Thomas, Rene A., Weidgraaf, Karin, Thomas, David G.

    Physical activity contributes up to 30% of the total daily energy expenditure of domestic cats (Felis catus) and, therefore, can play an important role in the prevention and reduction of obesity and may impact macronutrient digestibility. An age-related decline in physical activity in domestic...

  20. The effects of owner and domestic cat (Felis catus) demographics on cat personality traits

    | Contributor(s):: Leech, Laura E., Preziosi, Richard, Stoycheva, Rosica, Pastorino, Giovanni Quintavalle

    Personality has been researched in many companion animals and is described as differences in behavioural traits of individuals that often remain consistent over time. In domestic cats many factors have been discovered to influence personality, including breed, coat colour, gender, rearing...