Effects of a synthetic facial pheromone on behavior of cats

Published on Oct 1, 2000in Javma-journal of The American Veterinary Medical Association 1.51
· DOI :10.2460/javma.2000.217.1154
Cerissa A. Griffith1
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Elizabeth S. Steigerwald1
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C. A. Tony Buffington25
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Objective—To evaluate the effects of a synthetic feline facial pheromone (FFP) on behavior and food intake of healthy versus clinically ill cats. Design—Original study. Animals—20 cats were used in each of 2 studies. In each study, 7 cats were considered healthy, and 13 cats were determined to be clinically ill. Procedure—In study 1, cats were assigned either to exposure to FFP (treated group; 4 healthy, 6 ill cats) or to exposure to the vehicle (70% ethanol solution; control group; 3 healthy, 7 ill cats). Cats were placed in a cage containing a small cotton towel that had been sprayed with FFP or vehicle 30 minutes previously. Cats were then videotaped for 125 minutes, and food intake was measured during this period. Videotapes were scored at 5-minute intervals for various behaviors. In study 2, cats were categorized in 1 of 2 groups; group 1 (2 healthy, 8 ill cats) had a cat carrier placed in their cages, and group 2 (5 healthy, 5 ill cats) did not. All cats were exposed to FFP, and 24-hour food intake ...
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Dennis C. Turner14
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Patrick Bateson49
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Benjamin L. Hart1
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David S. Goldstein5
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I. Perlman20
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Charles Darwin48
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Published on Aug 1, 1986in Animal Behaviour 3.07
Julie Feaver3
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(University of Cambridge),
Michael Mendl43
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(University of Cambridge),
Patrick Bateson49
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(University of Cambridge)
Abstract Fourteen adult female domestic cats were watched by two observers for 3 months. Ratings of 18 aspects of each cat's behavioural style were obtained independently from each observer. Correlations between observers were statistically significant for 15 of the 18 aspects and seven of the correlation coefficients were greater than 0·7. The ratings were compared with results of direct recording methods, where equivalent measures were available and, in five out of six cases, the results of th...
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Published on Nov 1, 1993in Applied Animal Behaviour Science 1.55
Kathy Carlstead18
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(Smithsonian Institution),
Janine L. Brown46
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(Smithsonian Institution),
William Strawn1
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(National Institutes of Health)
Abstract Sixteen domestic cats were used to investigate the pituitary-adrenal, pituitary-gonadal and behavioral consequences of an unpredictable handling and husbandry routine. After a 10-day baseline period of standard laboratory procedures, eight cats (‘stressed cats’, STR) were subjected to a 21-day period of altered caretaking characterized by irregular feeding and cleaning times, absence of talking and petting by humans, and daily unpredictable manipulations. Eight control cats (CON group) ...
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Published on Jan 1, 1999in Applied Animal Behaviour Science 1.55
D.F Frank1
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(Cornell University),
Hollis N. Erb57
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(Cornell University),
Katherine A. Houpt38
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(Cornell University)
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Temple Grandin40
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(Colorado State University)
Fear is a very strong stressor, and the highly variable results of handling and transportation studies are likely to be due to different levels of psychological stress. Psychological stress is fear stress. Some examples are restraint, contact wi th people, or exposure to novelty. In many different animals, stimulation of the amygdala with an implanted electrode triggers a complex pattern of behavior and autonomic responses that resemble fear in humans. Both previous experience and genetic factor...
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+ 2 AuthorsBarbara L. Sherman12
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(North Carolina State University)
ObjectivesResistance to transportation and stressful veterinary visits are major causes for a decrease in feline veterinary care. Few options exist for oral sedatives to reduce cats’ anxiety prior to veterinary visits. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of oral trazodone for use as a single dose agent for sedation in cats.MethodsSix laboratory cats were given single 50, 75 and 100 mg doses of trazodone and placebo. Trazodone 100 mg and placebo treatments were rando...
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Publisher Summary This chapter presents the developments in animal healthcare. There has been a pronounced shift from the traditional focus on medication for food animals toward companion animals, generally considered to be dogs, cats, and horses. The treatment of inflammatory disorders in dogs and horses has been reviewed. Carprofen the market leader is a reversible COX2 selective inhibitor with a good safety profile in dogs. It is reported as showing selectivity for COX2 of either 129 fold (II...
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Published on Dec 1, 2016in Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 1.47
Joana Soares Pereira1
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(University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro),
Sara Fragoso2
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(University of Porto)
+ 3 AuthorsGonçalo Da Graça Pereira3
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Melissa J. Bain8
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(University of California, Davis),
Elizabeth Stelow3
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(University of California, Davis)
Feline aggression toward people is a common and potentially dangerous problem. Proper diagnosis of the underlying cause of the aggression is key in effective treatment. A complete history, including information on the people in the home, other pets, and specific incidents, is necessary to make this diagnosis. A comprehensive treatment plan typically includes management, enhancement of the cat's living environment, techniques for replacing the aggressive behavior with more appropriate behaviors, ...
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(Ohio State University),
Traci A. Shreyer3
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(Ohio State University)
Low-stress handling is important for the safety of the veterinary staff and for the welfare of the patient. The commitment to ensuring the emotional well-being of the patient should be equal to that shown toward the physical well-being of the animals under a veterinarian’s care. Before handling animals it is essential to assess the environment and the patient’s response to it. Taking the time to create a behavior handling plan makes future visits easier and bonds clients to the practice. Underst...
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Philip Roudebush7
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Many treatments have been recommended for managing cats with feline urinary tract disease (FLUTD). Veterinarians making therapeutic decisions should consider the quality of evidence supporting a recommendation to use (or not use) a particular treatment for cats with FLUTD. Whenever possible, recommendations should be based on results of randomized and well-controlled scientific studies performed in clinical patients with the spontaneously occurring disease of interest. In the absence of such stu...
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Published on Jan 1, 2014in Applied Animal Behaviour Science 1.55
Nadine Gourkow5
Estimated H-index: 5
(University of Queensland),
Alora LaVoy11
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(Colorado State University)
+ 1 AuthorsC. J. C. Phillips28
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(University of Queensland)
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 faeces. A multidimensional model constructed by Principal Component Analysis indicated the presence of three distinct behavioural dimensions. Behaviours forming dimension 1 were hiding, flat postures, free...
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Nicole Cottam7
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(Tufts University),
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(Tufts University)
Decreasing litter box odor may be an important treatment component in addressing feline inappropriate elimination. A three-phase study was conducted to determine if the use of Zero Odor litter box spray increases the preference of litter boxes to cats, presumably by its odor-eliminating quality. In the first phase, cats were given a litter box preference test between a litter box sprayed with Zero Odor and one without. In the second phase, the number of occurrences of behaviors indicative of a c...
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Alessandro Cozzi5
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Céline Lafont Lecuelle1
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+ 4 AuthorsPatrick Pageat5
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The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of synthetic feline interdigital semiochemical (FIS) on the induction of scratching behaviour in cats during a standardised behavioural test. The trial was a randomised blinded study on a single group of subjects, following a crossover design. The scratching behaviour of 19 cats was evaluated during a standardised test in which cats were introduced to an area with one scratching post. Each cat acted as its own control (receiving, at random, FIS th...
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(Autonomous University of Barcelona),
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+ 3 AuthorsX. Manteca28
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(Autonomous University of Barcelona)
Abstract In a previous experiment, the behaviour of Oriental/Siamese/Abyssinian (OSA) kittens was compared with that of Norwegian Forest kittens (NFO) in a repeated Open Field Test (OFT), and significant differences emerged. To further investigate such variations, we analyzed kittens' responses to a potentially threatening object (TO) during the OFT. It was a metal spring enveloped in a cotton case suddenly bouncing out of the cylinder after the first 6 min of OFT exposure, and the test lasted 6...
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