Evaluation of environment and a feline facial pheromone analogue on physiologic and behavioral measures in cats
Published on Feb 1, 2017in Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery1.58
· DOI :10.1177/1098612X15621107
ObjectivesThis study assessed behavioral and physiologic stress parameters in cats placed in two environments: home and the veterinary hospital. With a widely used scale, several parameters were assessed, including respiratory rate (RR), heart rate (HR), systolic blood pressure (SBP), vagosympathetic responses using calculated intervals (heart rate variability [HRV]10, HRV20 and vasovagal tonus index [VVTI]) and ‘stress attitude’, such as struggling, vocalization and agitation during handling. In addition, we evaluated whether a feline facial pheromone analogue (FFPA) had an effect on any of these measures in either environment.MethodsUsing a placebo and a pheromone substance, we evaluated 30 adult and healthy cats at home and in veterinary hospitals. Statistical analyses were performed using the Shapiro–Wilk, Kruskal–Wallis, and Dunn or ANOVA and Tukey tests, as well as Spearman’s correlation (P <0.05).ResultsWe found that exposure to FFPA did not reduce the effects of stress. Some parameters presented d...