Perceptions of Responsible Cat Ownership Behaviors among a Convenience Sample of Australians
| Contributor(s):: Alicia Elliott, Tiffani J. Howell, Emily M. McLeod, Pauleen C. Bennett
Responsible cat ownership is important for keeping pet cats and wildlife safe. Much research investigating levels of compliance with and attitudes towards responsible cat ownership practices has focused on cat owners. Non-owner attitudes are relevant because their opinions may encourage...
A Survey of Veterinarian Attitudes Toward Prepubertal Desexing of Dogs and Cats in the Australian Capital Territory
| Contributor(s):: Bronwyn Orr, Bidda Jones
Prepubertal desexing (neutering) has been a legal requirement for all cats and dogs in the Australian Capital Territory since 2001. All cats have to be desexed by 3 months of age, and all dogs are required to be desexed by 6 months of age. The role of veterinary attitudes and behaviors in the...
Owner and Cat-Related Risk Factors for Feline Overweight or Obesity
| Contributor(s):: Meredith Wall, Nick John Cave, Emilie Vallee
Feline obesity is a highly prevalent disease that poses an urgent and serious challenge. Attempted treatment by weight reduction is often unsuccessful; a new preventative approach that focuses on the role of the owner may be helpful. This study used data collected from an international survey...
Diagnosis of Feline Food Sensitivity and Intolerance Using Saliva: 1000 Cases
| Contributor(s):: W. Jean Dodds
This prospective study assessed the efficacy of a novel saliva-based immunoassay of IgA- and IgM-antibodies in predicting feline food sensitivities and intolerances. Clinical samples were obtained from 1000 cats proven or suspected to have food intolerances. Most were of domestic shorthair...
Automatic Classification of Cat Vocalizations Emitted in Different Contexts
| Contributor(s):: Stavros Ntalampiras, Luca Andrea Ludovico, Giorgio Presti, Emanuela Prato Previde, Monica Battini, Simona Cannas, Clara Palestrini, Silvana Mattiello
Cats employ vocalizations for communicating information, thus their sounds can carry a wide range of meanings. Concerning vocalization, an aspect of increasing relevance directly connected with the welfare of such animals is its emotional interpretation and the recognition of the production...
Change the Humans First: Principles for Improving the Management of Free-Roaming Cats
| Contributor(s):: Lynette J. McLeod, Donald W. Hine, Aaron B. Driver
In Australia, free-roaming cats can be found in urban and rural areas across the country. They are inherently difficult to manage but it is frequently human behaviour that demands the most attention and is in most need of change. To the frustration of policy makers and practitioners, scientific...
A Long-Term Lens: Cumulative Impacts of Free-Roaming Cat Management Strategy and Intensity on Preventable Cat Mortalities
| Contributor(s):: John D. Boone, Philip S. Miller, Joyce R. Briggs, Valerie A. W. Benka, Dennis F. Lawler, Margaret Slater, Julie K. Levy, Stephen Zawistowski
This study used a previously developed stochastic simulation model (1) to estimate the impact of different management actions on free-roaming kitten and cat mortality over a 10-year period. These longer-term cumulative impacts have not been systematically examined to date. We examined seven...
If I fits I sits: A citizen science investigation into illusory contour susceptibility in domestic cats (Felis silvestris catus)
| Contributor(s):: Smith, Gabriella E., Chouinard, Philippe A., Byosiere, Sarah-Elizabeth
Roaming the Campus: University Stakeholders’ Perceptions of, and Interactions with, Campus Cats and Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Izaguirre, Eliza Ruiz, Montiel, David Oseguera
My Cat and Me-A Study of Cat Owner Perceptions of Their Bond and Relationship
| Contributor(s):: Ines, M., Ricci-Bonot, C., Mills, D. S.
Influence of living in a multicat household on health and behaviour in a cohort of cats from the United Kingdom
| Contributor(s):: Roberts, C., Gruffydd-Jones, T., Williams, J. L., Murray, J. K.
Identification of Microchip Implantation Events for Dogs and Cats in the VetCompass Australia Database
| Contributor(s):: Paul McGreevy, Sophie Masters, Leonie Richards, Ricardo J. Soares Magalhaes, Anne Peaston, Martin Combs, Peter J. Irwin, Janice Lloyd, Catriona Croton, ClaireWylie, BethanyWilson
In Australia, compulsory microchipping legislation requires that animals are microchipped before sale or prior to 3 months in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, and by 6 months in Western Australia and Tasmania. Describing the implementation of...
Stress Reduction After Visiting Cats in a Cat Café
| Contributor(s):: Nicole L. Beasley
Research has attempted to induce stress and has been unsuccessful at demonstrating the efficacy of stress reduction. This may indicate that animal interaction is more beneficial when reducing longer-term stress rather than short-term stress, like what has been studied in the past. Additionally,...
Catching a glimpse of the bacterial gut community of companion animals: a canine and feline perspective
| Contributor(s):: Giulia Alessandri, Chiara Argentini, Christian Milani, Francesca Turroni, Maria Cristina Ossiprandi, Douwe van Sinderen, Marco Ventura
Dogs and cats have gained a special position in human society by becoming our principal companion animals. In this context, efforts to ensure their health and welfare have increased exponentially, with in recent times a growing interest in assessing the impact of the gut microbiota on canine...
A Comparative Study of Dog- and Cat-Induced Injury on Incidence and Risk Factors among Children
| Contributor(s):: Ying Chen, Yang Gao, Li Zhou, Yafei Tan, Liping Li
Background: Millions of people are bitten by animals each year, with approximately 90% of the injuries being caused by dogs and cats. However, few studies focus on risk factors of dog- and cat-induced injury in China. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate the rate of...
Development and evaluation of the Fe-BARQ: A new survey instrument for measuring behavior in domestic cats (Felis s. catus)
| Contributor(s):: Deborah L. Duffy, Roseana T. Diniz de Moura, James A. Serpell
A questionnaire instrument for obtaining quantitative behavioral evaluations of pet cats from cat owners was developed and validated. Exploratory Factor Analysis of 2608 questionnaire responses to 149 behavioral questions/items extracted a total of 23 distinct factors that measured most of the...
Grau de apego dos proprietários com os animais de companhia segundo a Escala Lexington Attachment to Pets
| Contributor(s):: Maria de Fátima Martins, Paula Adriane Piccolo Pieruzzi, João Paulo Fernandes Santos, Márcio Antonio Brunetto, Viviane Murer Fruchi, Mônica Baptista Ciari, Márcio José da Rocha Luppi, Letícia Maria de Zoppa
A avaliação do grau de apego de proprietários com os seus cães e gatos é um importante recurso para o estudo da influência dos...
The Compliance of Current Small Animal CPR Practice With RECOVER Guidelines: An Internet-Based Survey
| Contributor(s):: Íde Gillespie, Daniel J. Fletcher, Mark A. Stevenson, Manuel Boller
In 2012 the Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER) published evidence-based treatment recommendations for dogs and cats with cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA), to optimize the clinical practice of small animal CPR and positively impact outcomes. Six years after the release of...
Coping Styles in the Domestic Cat (Felis silvestris catus) and Implications for Cat Welfare
| Contributor(s):: Judith Stella, Candace Croney
Identifying coping styles in cats may lead to improved health and welfare. The aims of this study were to (1) identify individual differences in response to acute confinement, and (2) to assess the predictability of guardian-rated personality traits on behavior. Adult cats (n = 55) were...
Food Preferences in Cats: Effect of Dietary Composition and Intrinsic Variables on Diet Selection
| Contributor(s):: Raúl A. Alegría-Morán, Sergio A. Guzmán-Pino, Juan I. Egaña, Valeria Sotomayor, Jaime Figueroa
A ten-year database of food preference tests (n = 1021; period 2007−2017) was used to explore the feeding behavior of domestic cats. Principal component (PC) analysis and linear regression between food nutrients and preferences (for the most preferred diet of each test; Diet A) were...