Characterizing pet acquisition and retention during the COVID-19 pandemic
| 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...
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...
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...
Increasing shelter cat welfare through enrichment: A review
| Contributor(s):: Houser, Bridgette, Vitale, Kristyn R.
Research into cat behavior has gained more attention in recent years. As one of the world’s most popular companion animals, work in this field has potential to have wide-reaching benefits. Cats living in shelters are posed with distinct welfare concerns. Shelter cat welfare can be increased...
Effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on the human-animal bond
| Contributor(s):: Beaver, B. V.
2021NAVC Clinician's BriefJanuaryFebruary48-491542-4014EnglishCited Reference Count: 2 ref.0Educational Concepts LLCTulsa, USATexas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA.text
Introducing a Controlled Outdoor Environment Impacts Positively in Cat Welfare and Owner Concerns: The Use of a New Feline Welfare Assessment Tool
| Contributor(s):: Luciana Santos de Assis, Daniel Simon Mills
There is much debate over the pros and cons of allowing cats to roam freely as opposed to keeping them confined indoors. We surveyed owners who implemented a commercial physical containment system to the outdoors to evaluate their characteristics and the apparent impact of this systemon cat...
Contagious Yawning in the Domestic Cat (Felis catus)
| Contributor(s):: Ariel M. Lombardo Aghishian
This study investigates contagious yawning in domestic cats towards their owners, looking at potential links with empathy. Results showed no significant difference in yawning between conditions. The solitary nature of wildcats and their shared ancestor, and the unique social behavior in...
Using Genetics to Evaluate the Success of a Feral Cat (Felis catus) Control Program in North-Western Australia
| Contributor(s):: Saul Cowen, Lucy Clausen, Dave Algar, Sarah Comer
The feral cat has been implicated in the decline and extinction of many species worldwide and a range of strategies have been devised for its control. A five-year control program using the aerial broadcast of toxic Eradicat® baits was undertaken at Fortescue Marsh in the Pilbara region...
Exploring how veterinary professionals perceive and use grief support resources to support companion animal caregivers in Ontario, Canada
| Contributor(s):: Matte, A. R., Khosa, D. K., Meehan, M. P.
Objective: The aim of this study was to qualitatively explore veterinary professionals' use and perceptions of grief resources and services to support companion animal caregivers following companion animal euthanasia. Background: The loss of a companion animal can be a source of great sorrow...
Chinese Companion Animal Caretakers’ Attachment Influences their Attribution of Emotions to their Animals
| Contributor(s):: Su, Bingtao, Martens, Pim
Responsible ownership of companion animals under the One Health approach. Compilation studyTenencia responsable de animales de compania bajo el enfoque Una Salud. Estudio recopilativo
| Contributor(s):: Hugues, B., Ledon, L., Mendoza, M., Torres, M., Berovides, V.
Are multi-cat homes more stressful? A critical review of the evidence associated with cat group size and wellbeing
| Contributor(s):: Finka, L. R., Foreman-Worsley, R.
Cat Owners’ Perceptions toward Flea Infestation and Flea-borne Diseases: Impact for Public Health and Community Awareness
| Contributor(s):: Azrizal-Wahid, Noor, Sofian-Azirun, Mohd, Low, Van Lun, Chen, Chee Dhang, Shohaimi, Shamarina
Intestinal parasites and risk factors in dogs and cats from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
| Contributor(s):: Arruda, I. F., Ramos, R. C. F., Barbosa, A. D. S., Abboud, L. C. S., Dos Reis, I. C., Millar, P. R., Amendoeira, M. R. R.
The Implications of Policies on the Welfare of Free-Roaming Cats in New Zealand
| Contributor(s):: Sumner, Christine L., Walker, Jessica K., Dale, Arnja R.
A lack of national legislation for cat management in New Zealand poses challenges for ensuring that practices are consistently humane and effective. In this paper, we review the current cat management policies in New Zealand and the implications they have on the welfare of free-roaming cats...
Quality of Life Measurement in Dogs and Cats: A Scoping Review of Generic Tools
| Contributor(s):: Fulmer, Annabelle E., Laven, Linda J., Hill, Kate E.
Quality of life (QoL) assessment in companion animals is an essential aspect of veterinary medicine that helps guide treatment decisions and ensures optimal animal welfare. Veterinarians and pet owners can use disease-specific or generic QoL assessment tools to evaluate an individual...
Wanna See My Dog Pic? A Comparative Observational Study of the Presentation of Animals on Online Dating Profiles in Vienna and Tokyo
| Contributor(s):: Dürnberger, Christian, Springer, Svenja
Online dating applications offer new ways for people to search for social contacts. While previous studies have indicated that the inclusion of animals in profiles can increase users’ dating success rates, the question of how many users display animals, and what kinds of animals are shown...
Relationships between owner and household characteristics and enrichment and cat behaviour
| Contributor(s):: Windschnurer, Ines, Häusler, Andrea, Waiblinger, Susanne, Coleman, Grahame J.
2022Applied Animal Behaviour Science2471055620168-159110.1016/j.applanim.2022.105562text
Neutering Effects on Social Behaviour of Urban Unowned Free-Roaming Domestic Cats
| Contributor(s):: Simona Cafazzo, Roberto Bonanni, Eugenia Natoli
The “trap, spay/neuter, and release” programs to manage unowned free-roaming cat populations are diffused worldwide and they are largely advised even in countries where the suppression of unowned cats is enforced by law. Despite the massive neutering campaigns in the world, there is...
Not So Different as Cats and Dogs: Companionship during the COVID-19 Pandemic
| Contributor(s):: Shelly Volsche, Elizabeth Johnson
COVID- 19 lockdown provided a unique, in situ opportunity to probe caretaker experiences of living with companion animals during a stressful event. We launched an online survey in the United States that included standard demographic questions, questions related to household structures, and 25...