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  1. Cats (felis silvestris catus) read human gaze for referential information

    Contributor(s):: Pongrácz, Péter, Szapu, Julianna Szulamit, Faragó, Tamás

  2. Assessing Quality of Life for Pets with Dermatologic Disease and Their Owners

    Contributor(s):: Noli, C.

  3. Clicker training increases exploratory behaviour and time spent at the front of the enclosure in shelter cats; Implications for welfare and adoption rates

    Contributor(s):: Grant, Rachel A., Warrior, Jennifer Rose

    The rescue shelter environment is known to be stressful for domestic cats, which can lead to them becoming less active, playful and exploratory as well as spending a long time hiding. Early adoption can prevent long term stress in shelter cats, but adopters often look at behaviour and...

  4. Testing two behavioural paradigms for measuring post-handling cat aversion behaviour

    Contributor(s):: Moody, Carly M., Mason, Georgia J., Dewey, Cate E., Landsberg, Gary M., Niel, Lee

    Owned, shelter, and laboratory cats undergo handling and restraint throughout their lifetime for routine health examinations and necessary procedures. Many cats display fear and aggressive behaviour during health examinations, and there is potential for these behaviours to result in incomplete...

  5. The socio-cognitive relationship between cats and humans – Companion cats (Felis catus) as their owners see them

    Contributor(s):: Pongrácz, Péter, Szapu, Julianna Szulamit

    Although domestic cats are among the most common companion animals, we still know very little about the details of the cat-human relationship. With a questionnaire, we asked 157 Hungarian cat owners about their pet’s behavior, cognitive abilities and social interactions. We analyzed the responses...

  6. Potential use of domestic cat (Felis catus) urinary extracts for manipulating the behavior of free-roaming cats and wild small felids

    Contributor(s):: Miyazaki, Masao, Nishimura, Takashi, Hojo, Wataru, Miyazaki, Tamako, Laine, Roger A., Yamashita, Tetsuro

    Increasing numbers of free-roaming cats are causing various social and ecological problems worldwide. To address these problems while also considering animal welfare issues, we investigated the usefulness of cat urinary extracts for manipulating the behavior of free-roaming cats. We first...

  7. The ins and outs of the litter box: A detailed ethogram of cat elimination behavior in two contrasting environments

    Contributor(s):: McGowan, Ragen T. S., Ellis, Jacklyn J., Bensky, Miles K., Martin, François

    Few studies have sought to describe cat elimination behavior in detail and much of the information presently available focuses on factors that potentially cause cats to reject a litter box. Thus, the ethograms published in the current veterinary and scientific literature largely focus on macro...

  8. The association between infrared thermal imagery of core eye temperature, personality, age and housing in cats

    Contributor(s):: Foster, Shannon, Ijichi, Carrie

    Understanding individual responses to stress is a key aspect of maintaining optimal animal welfare. This is especially important where animals are being kept in sub-optimal environments or where the species may not clearly demonstrate stress. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate...

  9. Dogs’ responses to visual, auditory, and olfactory cat-related cues

    Contributor(s):: Hoffman, Christy L., Workman, Miranda K., Roberts, Natalie, Handley, Stephanie

    Standardized assessments have been developed to assess dogs’ behaviors around other dogs, but there currently is no validated way to predict how a dog in an animal shelter will behave around cats, unless the dog’s previous history is known. This study explored dogs’ responses to visual, auditory,...

  10. Is there a relationship between attitudes of shelter staff to cats and the cats’ approach behaviour?

    Contributor(s):: Arhant, Christine, Troxler, Josef

    One aspect of welfare that is measured in protocols used for the assessment of farm animal welfare is the human-animal relationship. The aim of the present study was to develop a ‘human approach test’ to measure the human-animal relationship in shelter cats and to investigate aspects of...

  11. Stress, security, and scent: The influence of chemical signals on the social lives of domestic cats and implications for applied settings

    Contributor(s):: Vitale Shreve, Kristyn R., Udell, Monique A. R.

    Although millions of cats live among humans worldwide the scientific community knows relatively little about cat behavior and cognition. Olfaction is an important perceptual sense for many members of Carnivora, however the role of chemical signals in cat social relationships is not fully...

  12. Facial expressions and other behavioral responses to pleasant and unpleasant tastes in cats (Felis silvestris catus)

    Contributor(s):: Hanson, Michaela, Jojola, Susan M., Rawson, Nancy E., Crowe, Melissa, Laska, Matthias

    The goal of the present study was to assess how cats react to tastes previously reported to be preferred or avoided relative to water. To this end, the facial and behavioral reactions of 13 cats to different concentrations of l-Proline and quinine monohydrochloride (QHCl) as well as mixtures with...

  13. The effect of space on behaviour in large groups of domestic cats kept indoors

    Contributor(s):: Loberg, Jenny M., Lundmark, Frida

    The domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus) originates from the solitary living African wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica). However, through domestication, the domestic cat has become more social towards conspecifics and group housing of cats is common, for example in cat shelters in some countries....

  14. Are cats less stressed in homes than in shelters? A study of personality and faecal cortisol metabolites

    Contributor(s):: Fukimoto, Naila, Melo, Diogo, Palme, Rupert, Zanella, Adroaldo J., Mendonça-Furtado, Olívia

    Personality is defined by characteristics of individuals and describes and accounts for temporally stable patterns of affect, cognition and behaviour traits. The study of cat behaviour and personality can minimize potential problems in the relationship between cats and their owners and decrease...

  15. The Influence of Perceptions, Attitudes, and Experiences on the Perceived Risks and Benefits of Free-Roaming Cats

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    | Contributor(s):: Dara Wald, Susan K. Jacobson

    Individual perceptions of free-roaming cats can vary from “voracious predators of small birds and mammals” to “cherished and beloved companion animals.” This paper focused on the influence of situational variables (e.g., experiences with outdoor cats), cognitive...

  16. Factores de riesgo implicados en el comportamiento agresivo del perro y del gato

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    | Contributor(s):: Marta Amat Grau

    El presente trabajo se centra en el estudio de algunos aspectos de la agresividad del perro y del gato. El estudio de la agresividad canina y felina es importante por varios motivos. En primer lugar, los problemas de agresividad del perro y del gato son muy frecuentes y, al menos en los centros...

  17. Integrating Trap-Neuter-Return Campaigns Into a Social Framework: Developing Long-Term Positive Behavior Change Toward Unowned Cats in Urban Areas

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    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer L. McDonald, Mark J. Farnworth, Jane Clements

    Cat management is often discussed in terms of population reduction, with trap-neuter-return (TNR) campaigns commonly organized to manage unowned urban cat populations. However, long-term effectiveness is only possible if positive neutering practices are continued by local residents. Here we...

  18. Corrigendum: Clinical Presentation, Causes, Treatment, and Outcome of Lip Avulsion Injuries in Dogs and Cats: 24 Cases (2001–2017)

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    | Contributor(s):: Kelly M. Saverino, Alexander M. Reiter

    A corrigendum on Clinical Presentation, Causes, Treatment, and Outcome of Lip Avulsion Injuries in Dogs and Cats: 24 Cases (2001–2017) by Saverino, K. M., and Reiter, A. M. (2018). Front. Vet. Sci. 5:144. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2018.00144

  19. Carrier training cats reduces stress on transport to a veterinary practice

    | Contributor(s):: Pratsch, Lydia, Mohr, Natalia, Palme, Rupert, Rost, Jennifer, Troxler, Josef, Arhant, Christine

    Transport to and visiting a veterinary practice frequently is stressful for cats and their owners. Handling a fearful cat can be a challenge for the veterinary team and stress can influence physiological parameters. This study investigated whether carrier training reduced stress during a 10 min...

  20. Can you handle it? Validating negative responses to restraint in cats

    | Contributor(s):: Moody, Carly M., Picketts, Victoria A., Mason, Georgia J., Dewey, Cate E., Niel, Lee

    Cats routinely undergo handling and restraint for examinations and procedures throughout their lifetime. In recent years there has been increased awareness that some forms of restraint have the potential to negatively impact cat health and welfare, but there has been limited research to assess...