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  1. " I'm told I'm famous on the internet" - Henri the cat and the critical possibility of anthropomorphism

    Contributor(s):: Myers, C. R.

  2. "I can haz emoshuns?": understanding anthropomorphosis of cats among internet users

    Contributor(s):: Derek Foster, Conor Linehan, Shaun Lawson, Daniel Mills, Sarah Ellis, Helen Zulch

    The attribution of human-like traits to non-human animals, termed anthropomorphism, can lead to misunderstandings of animal behaviour, which can result in risks to both human and animal wellbeing and welfare. In this paper, we, during an inter-disciplinary collaboration between social computing...

  3. A comparison of attachment levels of adopters of cats: fee-based adoptions versus free adoptions

    Contributor(s):: Weiss, E., Gramann, S.

    Nonhuman animal welfare professionals have been critical of adoption programs that do not charge a fee for adult cats, despite the high euthanasia rate for cats due to a reported lack of homes. The argument against the free cat adoptions cites a devaluation of the cat, which may affect the...

  4. A comparison of Bahamian cat and dog caregivers on New Providence

    Contributor(s):: Fielding, W. J.

    This article offers the first comparison of actions and attitudes of Afro-Caribbean caregivers who keep only cats or only dogs. A total of 330 Bahamian caregivers found that women primarily keep cats; men primarily keep dogs. Cat keepers were more attached to their companion animals but no more...

  5. A dermatologist's viewpoint on the significance of the human-animal bond in practice

    Contributor(s):: Liska, D. A.

  6. A first estimate of the structure and density of the populations of pet cats and dogs across Great Britain

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    | Contributor(s):: James Aegerter, David Fouracre, Graham C. Smith

    Policy development, implementation, and effective contingency response rely on a strong evidence base to ensure success and cost-effectiveness. Where this includes preventing the establishment or spread of zoonotic or veterinary diseases infecting companion cats and dogs, descriptions of the...

  7. A game of cat and house: spatial patterns and behavior of 14 domestic cats ( Felis catus ) in the home

    | Contributor(s):: Bernstein, P. L., Strack, M.

    A descriptive study of the use of space and patterns of interaction of 14 unrelated, nonreproductive domestic cats (Felis catus) living together in a single-story house was undertaken, since these behaviors have rarely been described for cats in this common situation.Within the house, the cats...

  8. A longitudinal test of the belief that companion animal ownership can help reduce loneliness

    | Contributor(s):: Gilbey, A., McNicholas, J., Collis, G. M.

    The widely held belief that companion animal ownership can help to reduce loneliness was tested using a quasi-experimental longitudinal design. Over a six-month period, 59 participants completed the UCLA-Loneliness Scale when they were seeking to acquire a companion animal. Participants'...

  9. A model to quantify the anticipatory response in cats

    | Contributor(s):: Tami, G., Martorell, A., Torre, C., Compagnucci, M., Manteca, X.

    The aim of this paper was to develop a protocol to study the anticipatory response in cats as a measure of welfare. Seven experimental cats were trained in a classical conditioning paradigm to associate a sound with food arrival, while sound and food were presented without contingency in four...

  10. A Most Convenient Relationship: The Rise of the Cat as a Valued Companion Animal

    | Contributor(s):: John D. Blaisdell

  11. A narrative exploration of the meaning of companion animals throughout the lives of non-institutionalized elderly widows living alone

    | Contributor(s):: Teresa Angela Stokowski

    The purpose of this study was to explore the meaning of companion animals throughout the lives of non-institutionalized elderly widows living alone. Three widows ranging in age from 70 to 85 were recruited from friends and acquaintances for participation in this study. The meaning of companion...

  12. A network model of H5N1 avian influenza transmission dynamics in domestic cats

    | Contributor(s):: Ayyalasomayajula, S., DeLaurentis, D. A., Moore, G. E., Glickman, L. T.

    Naturally occurring cases of influenza in cats owing to the H5N1 strain have been reported in several countries. A cat reservoir of H5N1 in the United States could provide an environment for zoonotic disease spread to humans. This scenario was the impetus to develop a model to study potential...

  13. A note on canine aggression towards veterinarians

    | Contributor(s):: Marcella, K. L.

  14. A novel approach to identify and map kitten clusters using geographic information systems (GIS): a case study from Tompkins County, NY

    | Contributor(s):: Reading, A. S., Scarlett, J. M., Berliner, E. A.

    A retrospective study using a geographic information system (GIS) was conducted to capture, map, and analyze intake data of caregiver (owner)-surrendered kittens (aged 0-6 months) to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Tompkins County, NY, from 2009 to 2011. Addresses...

  15. A Perspective from Pet Owners toward the Development in Pet Supplies Industry

    | Contributor(s):: Chen Chunsheng

    From the 1950s onwards, pets were generally obtained by picking up, sheltering, donating or adoption, until the 1950s, the phenomenon of pet commodity trading began on the market, and the pet was never a commodity to a "exchange value" generation. According to the statistics of the COA,...

  16. A Preliminary Description of Companion Cat, Managed Stray Cat, and Unmanaged Stray Cat Welfare in Auckland, New Zealand Using a 5-Component Assessment Scale

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    | Contributor(s):: Sarah Zito, Jessica Walker, M. Carolyn Gates, Arnja Dale

    Free-roaming cats are a polarizing issue in New Zealand and there is strong need for a comprehensive evaluation of their welfare to better inform population management decisions. In this study, a 5-component visual health-related welfare assessment scale was developed and piloted on a...

  17. A preliminary study of behaviour-based indicators of pain in cats

    | Contributor(s):: Waran, N., Best, L., Williams, V., Salinsky, J., Dale, A., Clarke, N.

    The aim of this preliminary study was to identify key behavioural indicators of pain in cats. The behaviour of cats before and after ovariohysterectomy was analysed using a detailed behavioural ethogram. A comparison of behaviours between cats given pre-operative analgesia only and cats given...

  18. A review of the housing requirements of domestic cats ( Felis silvestris catus ) kept in the home

    | Contributor(s):: Rochlitz, I.

    Cats are a popular companion animal in the United States, the United Kingdom and most of western Europe. While a few studies on cat behaviour and interactions between cats and humans have been conducted in the home setting, most refer to cats housed in laboratories, catteries and shelters....

  19. A standardized ethogram for the Felidae: a tool for behavioral researchers

    | Contributor(s):: Stanton, L. A., Sullivan, M. S., Fazio, J. M.

    Standardized ethograms offer many practical benefits to behavioral researchers, and several examples exist today for various species and taxa. Despite historic evidence that suggests the family Felidae share similar behavioral repertoires, no standardized ethogram providing comprehensive...

  20. A survey of animal welfare experts and practicing veterinarians to identify and explore key factors thought to influence canine and feline welfare in relation to veterinary care

    | Contributor(s):: Dawson, L. C., Dewey, C. E., Stone, E. A., Guerin, M. T., Niel, L.

    Veterinary care is important for maintaining companion animal health; however, it also has the potential to impact other aspects of patient welfare. To investigate factors related to veterinary care that are likely to influence canine and feline welfare, animal welfare researchers, veterinarians...