Designing Better Water Troughs: Does Trough Color Influence Dairy Cows’ Preference?
Contributor(s):: Teixeira, Dayane Lemos, Hötzel, Maria José, Filho, Luiz Carlos Pinheiro Machado, Cazale, José Daniel, Enríquez-Hidalgo, Daniel
Eighteen lactating dairy cows were used to elucidate their preference for green, grey, or red troughs. The herd was managed under a rotational grazing system with ad-libitum access to water until 11:30 h. For 9 days, all cows were tested individually following the afternoon milking. Cows drank...
Examining the Impact of Naturalistic and Unnaturalistic Environmental Enrichment on Visitor Perception of Naturalness, Animal Welfare, and Conservation
Contributor(s):: Razal, Catherine B., Miller, Lance J.
Recent research shows that using different types of enrichment has little to no impact on how zoo visitors perceive the animals or the enclosure in general. The primary objective of the current research was to examine if viewing naturalistic-looking environmental enrichment (NEE) and...
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...
Experience with a variety of feed colours reduces feed neophobia in the turkey
Contributor(s):: Lecuelle, Stéphanie, Leterrier, Christine, Chagneau, Anne-Marie, Laviron, Florence, Lescoat, Philippe, Bastianelli, Denis, Bertin, Aline, Bouvarel, Isabelle
When exposed to a new feed, farm birds are commonly reluctant to eat this feed. This phenomenon, called feed neophobia, could be reduced by exposing young animals to a variety of novel feeds. We investigated whether previous experience with a variety of feed colours could reduce food neophobia in...
The effects of physical luminance on colour discrimination in dogs: A cautionary tale
Contributor(s):: Byosiere, Sarah-Elizabeth, Chouinard, Philippe A., Howell, Tiffani J., Bennett, Pauleen C.
Due to the composition of the cone photoreceptors in the retina of dogs, it has been proposed they might demonstrate human-like red/green colour blindness. However, some assessments have shown that dogs may still be able to distinguish between red and green. This suggests that dogs may be...
The effects of cage color and light intensity on rat affect during heterospecific play
Contributor(s):: LaFollette, Megan R., Swan, Melissa P., Smith, Rebecca K., Hickman, Debra L., Gaskill, Brianna N.
The relationship between coat colour phenotype and equine behaviour: a pilot study
Contributor(s):: Finn, Jessica L., Haase, Bianca, Willet, Cali E., van Rooy, Diane, Chew, Tracy, Wade, Claire M., Hamilton, Natasha A., Velie, Brandon D.
Mutations in the genes influencing melanocytes not only affect the colour of an animal, but are also believed to impact physiological and behavioural functions. When this is taken into consideration, the common perception among horse owners that the chestnut coat colour is associated with adverse...
Investigating the role of coat colour, age, sex, and breed on outcomes for dogs at two animal shelters in the United States
Contributor(s):: Svoboda, H. J., Hoffman, C. L.
The popular press frequently reports that coat colour bias negatively impacts shelter adoption rates for black domestic dogs. This phenomenon, commonly called 'black dog syndrome' (BDS), reportedly increases the likelihood of euthanasia for black dogs and negatively affects the length of black...
Color Images for Zoonotic Diseases of Companion Animals
Contributor(s):: Steven D. Sorden, Claire B. Andreasen, Molly D. Murphy
The chapter contains annotated color images of diseases in or caused from companion animals.
Nurturing your pet with nature - Part 1: Natural lighting, natural patterns, and colors
Contributor(s):: Rauh, R. M.
Nurturing your pet with nature - Part 2: Sensory and discovery experiences
An evaluation of the role the Internet site Petfinder plays in cat adoptions
Contributor(s):: Workman, M. K., Hoffman, C. L.
To better understand factors contributing to cat adoptions, this study was used to explore a possible association between an adoptable cat's popularity on Petfinder and the cat's length of availability for adoption at a managed-intake nonhuman animal shelter. This study was also used to examine...
Age, breed designation, coat color, and coat pattern influenced the length of stay of cats at a no-kill shelter
Contributor(s):: Brown, W. P., Morgan, K. T.
Adoption records from the Tompkins County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, an open-admission, no-kill shelter in New York State, were examined to determine if various physical attributes influenced the length of stay (LOS) of cats and kittens. Similar reports from other no-kill...
The anthropozoology of domestication for milk productionAnthropozoologie de la domestication laitiere
Contributor(s):: Poplin, F.
Milk draws its substance from a living being of flesh and blood and from plant matter full of scents, through a two-cycle digestive system and fermentation in vivo, that of ruminants, which are also animals that provide meat ("you drink my milk, you eat my meat"). The pig, the "outlaw" of...
Human clothing and dog behavior: an unproven hypothesis
Contributor(s):: Herzog, H.
The author identifies possible problems in the "design and interpretation of experiments [earlier reported in this journal that] seriously compromise the conclusion that dogs are influenced in systematic ways by human clothing patterns."
Living with Geese. (cover story)
Contributor(s):: Theroux, Paul
Factors relevant to adoption of cats in an animal shelter
Contributor(s):: Fantuzzi, J. M., Miller, K. A., Weiss, E.
This study performed a multifactor analysis of the effects of the provision of toys, cage location, and cat characteristics (activity level, age, sex, and coat color) on 111 cats available for adoption in a nonhuman animal shelter. The analysis revealed a greater adopter viewing of cats housed at...
Effects of phenotypic characteristics on the length of stay of dogs at two no kill animal shelters
Contributor(s):: Brown, W. P., Davidson, J. P., Zuefle, M. E.
Adoption records from 2 no kill shelters in New York State were examined to determine how age, sex, size, breed group, and coat color influenced the length of stay (LOS) of dogs at these shelters. Young puppies had the shortest length of stay; LOS among dogs increased linearly as age increased....
Do cats from established breeds behave differently toward humans than outbred cats?
Contributor(s):: Asselineau, B., Abitbol, M., Deputte, B. L.
The role of coat color and ear shape on the perception of personality in dogs
Contributor(s):: Fratkin, J. L., Baker, S. C.