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  1. Personality Profiles of Users Sharing Animal-related Content on Social Media

    Contributor(s):: Hagan, Courtney, Carpenter, Jordan, Ungar, Lyle, Preotiuc-Pietro, Daniel

    Animal preferences are thought to be linked with more salient psychological traits of people, and most research examining owner personality as a differentiating factor has obtained mixed results. The rise in usage of social networks offers users a new medium in which they can broadcast their...

  2. The Roles of Pet Dogs and Cats in Human Courtship and Dating

    Contributor(s):: Gray, Peter B., Volsche, Shelly L., Garcia, Justin R., Fisher, Helen E.

    What role do companion animals play in the dating lives of single adults? As dogs and cats are increasingly viewed as family members, a person's pets may wield significant influence in partner choice. Here, we provide descriptive quantitative data on the role pets play in mate appraisal and mate...

  3. Human Classification of Context-Related Vocalizations Emitted by Familiar And Unfamiliar Domestic Cats: An Exploratory Study

    Contributor(s):: Ellis, Sarah L. H., Swindell, Victoria, Burman, Oliver H. P.

    Previous research has shown that human classification of contextspecific domestic cat “meow” vocalizations is relatively poor, although improves with experience and/or general affinity to cats. To investigate whether such classification further improves when recipients (humans) of the...

  4. Consumption of Domestic Cat in Madagascar: Frequency, Purpose, and Health Implications

    Contributor(s):: Czaja, Raymond, Wills, Abigail, Hanitriniaina, Sahondra, Reuter, Kim E., Sewall, Brent J.

    The domestic cat Felis catus has a long history of interaction with humans, and is found throughout the world as a household pet and a feral animal. Despite people's often sentimental association with cats, cat meat is sometimes consumed by them; this practice can have important implications for...

  5. Dog People and Cat People Differ on Dominance-Related Traits

    Contributor(s):: Alba, Beatrice, Haslam, Nick

    Many people identify themselves as being either a “cat person” or a “dog person” based on their preference for these domestic animals. The purpose of this study was to test the common belief that there are personality differences between these types. Previous research has found differences...

  6. Will a hiding box provide stress reduction for shelter cats?

    Contributor(s):: Vinke, C. M., Godijn, L. M., van der Leij, W. J. R.

    Domestic cats (Felis sylvestris catus) can experience serious stress in shelters. Stressful experiences can have a major impact on the cats’ welfare and may cause higher incidences of infectious diseases in the shelters due to raised cortisol levels causing immunodeficiency. Though several...

  7. Validating the use of a carbon dioxide laser for assessing nociceptive thresholds in adult domestic cats (Felis catus)

    Contributor(s):: Farnworth, Mark J., Beausoleil, Ngaio J., Adams, Nigel J., Barrett, Lorelle A., Stevenson, Mark, Thomas, David G., Waterland, Mark R., Waran, Natalie K., Stafford, Kevin J.

    Thermal sensitivity in cats has historically been assessed using complex devices which require direct application to the patient and can therefore, in themselves, affect the measurement. This study aimed to validate the use of a remote low power (165mW) carbon dioxide laser device for the...

  8. Personality in felids: A review

    Contributor(s):: Gartner, Marieke Cassia, Weiss, Alexander

    Although there has been an increase in felid personality research, much more work is needed, with only 20 published studies, 17 of which focused on the domestic cat. Most studies show important implications for this type of research, but there is no consensus on terminology, method, or...

  9. Environmental factors that affect the behavior and welfare of domestic cats (Felis silvestris catus) housed in cages

    Contributor(s):: Stella, Judi, Croney, Candace, Buffington, Tony

    Understanding environmental factors that affect the behavior of cats in cages is important if caretakers are to improve the welfare of confined cats. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of the macro (room) and micro (cage) environments on cat behavior and their implications for cat...

  10. Effects of stressors on the behavior and physiology of domestic cats

    Contributor(s):: Stella, Judi, Croney, Candace, Buffington, Tony

    Feline interstitial cystitis (FIC) is a chronic pain syndrome of domestic cats. Cats with FIC have chronic, recurrent lower urinary tract signs (LUTS) and other comorbid disorders that are exacerbated by stressors. The aim of this study was to evaluate behavioral and physiological responses of...

  11. The effects of operant training on blood collection for domestic cats

    Contributor(s):: Lockhart, Jessica, Wilson, Karri, Lanman, Cindy

    The impact of operantly training domestic cats to accept jugular blood collections in a dorsally recumbent (novel) position was assessed. Cats were assigned to one of three groups: Group 1 (N=14): no training, traditional jugular blood collection; Group 2 (N=17): trained in novel position but...

  12. Dynamics of the access of captive domestic cats to a feed environmental enrichment item

    Contributor(s):: Damasceno, Juliana, Genaro, Gelson

    Providing feed enrichment to captive felids that are obligate carnivores is crucial for eliciting natural hunting behaviours. However, studies of the efficacy of enrichment techniques usually analyse the whole group, overlooking the different behaviours of individual animals towards the enriched...

  13. Body weight affects behavioural indication of thermal nociceptive threshold in adult domestic cats (Felis catus)

    Contributor(s):: Farnworth, Mark J., Barrett, Lorelle A., Adams, Nigel J., Beausoleil, Ngaio J., Hekman, Margreet, Thomas, David G., Waran, Natalie K., Stafford, Kevin J.

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) thermal lasers have previously been validated for the assessment of nociception in cats. This experiment sought to assess the potential impact of factors associated with age, sex, body weight and sterilisation upon nociceptive threshold as measured by latency to display a...

  14. Behaviour in order to evaluate the palatability of pet food in domestic cats

    Contributor(s):: Becques, Aurélie, Larose, Claire, Baron, Céline, Niceron, Cécile, Féron, Christophe, Gouat, Patrick

    Palatability of pet food has been mainly assessed by intake ratios. In the present study we have searched for behavioural clues of food palatability in domestic cats Felis catus. Two diets differing in palatability (Very Palatable Kibbles and Low Palatable Kibbles) were evaluated by a panel of 17...

  15. Behavioral reactions relate to adrenal activity and temperament in male clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa)

    Contributor(s):: DeCaluwe, Heather B., Wielebnowski, Nadja C., Howard, JoGayle, Pelican, Katharine M., Ottinger, Mary Ann

    Due to strong intra-specific aggression and frequent adverse reactions to changes encountered in the captive setting, clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa) are particularly difficult to manage as a self-sustaining population in zoos. The aim of this study was to examine the efficacy of behavioral...

  16. Associations of behaviour with secretory immunoglobulin A and cortisol in domestic cats during their first week in an animal shelter

    Contributor(s):: Gourkow, Nadine, LaVoy, Alora, Dean, Gregg A., Phillips, Clive J. C.

    We tested the hypothesis that during their first week in an animal shelter, cats exhibit groups of behaviours that are connected to mucosal immune and adrenal responses. The behaviour of 34 cats was observed from admission to day 5 and immunoglobulin A (S-IgA) and cortisol were quantified from...

  17. Relationships between scores of the feline temperament profile and behavioural and adrenocortical responses to a mild stressor in cats

    Contributor(s):: Iki, Tazuko, Ahrens, Frank, Pasche, Katharina Hannah, Bartels, Angela, Erhard, Michael Helmut

    There is a growing need for an easy assessment of stress levels in cats in order to more effectively diagnose, distinguish and treat stress-related disorders or behavioural problems. Therefore, we investigated which behavioural changes might be associated with an adrenocortical response to an...

  18. The behaviour of domestic cats in a shelter: Residence time, density and sex ratio

    Contributor(s):: Gouveia, Kelly, Magalhães, Ana, de Sousa, Liliana

    Many cats that are rendered to a shelter fail to find a new home. Older and other less desirable cats may face a significant amount of time in the shelter prior to adoption. Therefore, the present study compared the behaviour of domestic cats subjected to different lengths of time, room density...

  19. 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...

  20. The Changing Legal Status of Cats in Australia: From Friend of the Settlers, to Enemy of the Rabbit, and Now a Threat to Biodiversity and Biosecurity Risk

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    | Contributor(s):: Sophie Riley

    In NSW, free-roaming cats are regarded as one the biggest threats to biodiversity. Yet, at one stage they were classified as “the enemy of the rabbit” and were protected and released in their thousands. The purpose of this article is to examine the changing status of cats in...