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  1. Welfare Impacts of Spay/Neuter-Focused Outreach on Companion Animals in New York City Public Housing

    Contributor(s):: Dolan, Emily D., Weiss, Emily, Slater, Margaret R.

    Spay/neuter (S/N) programs aim to reduce shelter intake and euthanasia. However, there is little published evidence of a causal effect between S/N programs and shelter intake or euthanasia. To uncover any ancillary effects of S/N, this study examined the impact of S/N door-to-door outreach on...

  2. Maternal-Neonatal Pheromone/Interomone Added to Cat Litter Improves Litter Box Use and Reduces Aggression in Pair-Housed Cats

    Contributor(s):: McGlone, John J., Garcia, Arlene, Thompson, William G., Pirner, Glenna M.

    Introducing a new cat into a household with one or more resident cats can be a significant source of stress for the cats involved. These studies sought to determine if rabbit maternal-neonatal pheromone (2-methyl-2-butenal [2M2B]) in litter impacted cat social behaviors and litter box use. Study...

  3. Guardians' Perceptions of Cats' Welfare and Behavior Regarding Visiting Veterinary Clinics

    Contributor(s):: Mariti, Chiara, Bowen, Jonathan E., Campa, Sonia, Grebe, Gabriele, Sighieri, Claudio, Gazzano, Angelo

    To assess the welfare of cats at the veterinary clinic and how caregivers and veterinarians affect it, a survey of Italian cat guardians (n = 1,111) was conducted using a 28-item multichoice questionnaire. Most cats showed impaired welfare during all stages of a clinic visit: before entering, in...

  4. Guardians' Knowledge and Husbandry Practices of Feline Environmental Enrichment

    Contributor(s):: Alho, Ana Margarida, Pontes, Joana, Pomba, Constança

    Feline environmental enrichment can prevent numerous disorders including anxiety, stress, obesity, and feline idiopathic cystitis. Despite its easy implementation and low cost, it has received little attention. The main goal of this study was to assess guardians' knowledge concerning feline...

  5. Free-Roaming Cat (Felis Catus) Management and Welfare Policies in Two University Campuses in Beirut, Lebanon: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Opportunities

    Contributor(s):: Davey, Gareth, Zhao, Xiang

    Little information has been reported about the welfare and management of free-roaming animals in Middle Eastern countries. Here we describe a case study of free-roaming cat (Felis catus) management policies in two universities in Beirut, Lebanon whereby cats are immensely valued for their...

  6. Effect of Visitor Perspective on Adoption Decisions at One Animal Shelter

    Contributor(s):: Southland, Anastacia, Dowling-Guyer, Seana, McCobb, Emily

    This study investigated the visitor experience at one urban animal shelter. While several previous studies have examined the reasons particular nonhuman animals are chosen by adopters, few have investigated the possible reasons one would visit a shelter and leave without adopting. Over a...

  7. Cross-Sectional Study of Characteristics of Owners and Nonowners Surrendering Cats to Four Australian Animal Shelters

    Contributor(s):: Zito, Sarah, Morton, John, Paterson, Mandy, Vankan, Dianne, Bennett, Pauleen C., Rand, Jacquie, Phillips, Clive J. C.

    Unwanted cats surrendered to nonhuman animal shelters are generally categorized as either “owned” or “stray.” This classification is misleading because “stray” cats may include many “semiowned” cats, for which people provide care but who are not perceived as being owned. This differentiation is...

  8. Comparison of Subjective Well-Being and Personality Assessments in the Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia), and African Lion (Panthera leo)

    Contributor(s):: Gartner, Marieke Cassia, Powell, David M., Weiss, Alexander

    The study of subjective well-being in nonhuman animals is growing in the field of psychology, but there are still only a few published studies and the focus is on primates. To consider whether the construct of subjective well-being could be found in another mammal, this study aimed to assess...

  9. Characteristics of Cats Admitted to Czech Shelters

    Contributor(s):: Voslarova, Eva, Kubesova, Katerina, Vecerek, Vladimir

    The aim of this study was to describe the numbers and characteristics of cats entering Czech shelters. Records of sheltered cats were collected from three cat shelters situated in different regions of the Czech Republic from 2011 to 2015. A total of 2170 cat admissions were analyzed in this...

  10. Behavior and Welfare of Domestic Cats Housed in Cages Larger than U.S. Norm

    Contributor(s):: Stella, Judith L., Croney, Candace C., Buffington, C. Tony

    The effect of providing additional floor space on cat behavior and welfare is not well documented. This study involved replication of an investigation of cats’ responses to enhanced cage and room environments using cages of 0.56 m2 with the same methodology but an increased space allowance of 1.1...

  11. The Relationship Between Neuroticism Facets, Conscientiousness, and Human Attachment to Pet Cats

    Contributor(s):: Reevy, Gretchen M., Delgado, Mikel M.

    Gaining knowledge about the diverse correlates of human–pet attachment will help us better understand the nature of this bond. Previous research found that the personality dimensions of neuroticism and conscientiousness positively predicted human attachment to multiple types of pets. To address a...

  12. Stability of Owners’ Perceptions of the Behavioral Style of Their Cats

    Contributor(s):: Elvers, Greg C., Lawriw, Alexander N., Chambers, Taylor N.

    In humans, personality is relatively stable across the adult life- span and various situations. Can the same be said of the personality of cats? Primary caregivers of cats thought about their cats in four situations: 1) home alone with the cat, 2) an unknown plumber arrives, 3) during a...

  13. “A Very Photogenic Cat”: Personhood, Social Status, and Online Cat Photo Sharing

    Contributor(s):: Austin, Jessica, Irvine, Leslie

    This study explores how domestic cats and their connections to humans are represented in a modern photo-sharing context through content analysis of Reddit, a popular social media website. By examining the photos that cat owners share online, as well as the language that accompanies the photos, we...

  14. The Behavioral Style of the Cat Predicts Owner Satisfaction

    Contributor(s):: Elvers, Greg C., Lawriw, Alexander N.

    A 9-item, reliable measure of owner satisfaction with their cat, the CatSat, was developed. Item response analysis indicated that the CatSat discriminates lower levels of satisfaction better than higher levels. Correlations between the CatSat and a measure of attachment to the cat (Lexington...

  15. Roaming Companion Cats as Potential Causes of Conflict and Controversy: A Representative Questionnaire Study of the Danish Public

    Contributor(s):: Sandøe, Peter, Nørspang, Annika Patursson, Kondrup, Sara Vincentzen, Bjørnvad, Charlotte Reinhard, Forkman, Björn, Lund, Thomas Bøker

    Cats have grown in popularity as companion animals, but there are also people who strongly dislike them. Companion cats allowed to roam freely outdoors are seen by some as a nuisance. This paper, drawing on research conducted in Denmark, aims to quantify potentially conflicting attitudes to cats...

  16. An Examination of Adult Women’s Sleep Quality and Sleep Routines in Relation to Pet Ownership and Bedsharing

    Contributor(s):: Hoffman, Christy L., Stutz, Kaylee, Vasilopoulos, Terrie

    People in many parts of the world commonly share their beds not only with human partners but also with dogs and cats. Self-report and actigraphy data have shown that sleeping with an adult human partner has both positive and negative impacts on human sleep, but there has been little exploration...

  17. Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Cat Care and Needs Scale (CCANS)

    Contributor(s):: Delgado, Mikel M., Reevy, Gretchen M.

    The objective of this study was to develop a brief scale, primarily intended for research applications, that measures how well people report meeting the welfare needs of their pet cats. The practice of keeping cats as a companion animal has increased, and despite their popularity, many cats...

  18. Refining Online Communication Strategies for Domestic Cat Management

    Contributor(s):: McLeod, Lynette J., Driver, Aaron B., Bengsen, Andrew J., Hine, Donald W.

    Management of the domestic cat (Felis catus) relies on community members adopting appropriate management practices toward both companion and unowned (stray, free-living) animals. Getting people to change their behavior and sustain these changes over time can be a challenging process. To date,...

  19. Investigating Some of the Factors that Affect the Selection of Shelter Cats by Adopters in the Czech Republic

    Contributor(s):: Kubesova, Katerina, Voslarova, Eva, Vecerek, Vladimir, Vucinic, Marijana

    Records on cat adoptions were collected from three cat shelters situated in different regions of the Czech Republic. Originally, 2,170 cats were admitted to the monitored shelters; of which 1,407 (65%) cats were adopted in the period from 2011 to 2015. Significantly (p < 0.001) greater numbers of...

  20. The Effects of Touching and Stroking a Cat on the Inferior Frontal Gyrus in People

    Contributor(s):: Kobayashi, Ai, Yamaguchi, Yusuke, Ohtani, Nobuyo, Ohta, Mitsuaki

    Our study evaluated the effects on the prefrontal cortex, especially the inferior frontal gyrus (IFG), of people when touching and stroking a real or soft toy cat, using functional near infrared spectroscopy. Thirty under-graduate students (10 males, 20 females) were recruited and performed three...