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Carrier training cats reduces stress on transport to a veterinary practice

Published on Sep 1, 2018in Applied Animal Behaviour Science 1.82
· DOI :10.1016/j.applanim.2018.05.025
Lydia Pratsch1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Natalia Mohr1
Estimated H-index: 1
+ 3 AuthorsChristine Arhant4
Estimated H-index: 4
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Abstract 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 transport by car and increased compliance during the veterinary examination. A blinded randomized controlled trial with a paired sample design (training group (TG): N = 11; control group (CG): N = 11) consisting of two visits to a sham veterinary practice was carried out. After all cats had completed the first visit, the training group received 28 sessions of positive reinforcement based carrier training over a period of six weeks. Thereafter, all cats underwent the second veterinary visit. Stress levels during the car ride were assessed on video recordings using a modified version of the Cat Stress Score (CSS) (inter-rater reliability: r s  = 0.81, p  ® Software (intra-rater reliability: r s  > 0.90, p
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Lori R. Kogan17
Estimated H-index: 17
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Cheryl Kolus1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Regina Schoenfeld-Tacher12
Estimated H-index: 12
Clicker training has the potential to mitigate stress among shelter cats by providing environmental enrichment and human interaction. This study assessed the ability of cats housed in a shelter-like setting to learn new behaviors via clicker training in a limited amount of time. One hundred shelter cats were enrolled in the study. Their baseline ability to perform four specific behaviors touching a target, sitting, spinning, and giving a high-five was assessed, before exposing them to 15, five-m...
Published on Jul 18, 2017in Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 1.58
Katherine E Pankratz1
Estimated H-index: 1
(NCSU: North Carolina State University),
Kelli K. Ferris3
Estimated H-index: 3
(NCSU: North Carolina State University)
+ 1 AuthorsBarbara L. Sherman13
Estimated H-index: 13
(NCSU: North Carolina State University)
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Published on Feb 1, 2017in Applied Animal Behaviour Science 1.82
Kristyn R. Vitale Shreve3
Estimated H-index: 3
(OSU: Oregon State University),
Monique A. R. Udell16
Estimated H-index: 16
(OSU: Oregon State University)
Abstract 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 understood. Research indicates chemical signals play an important role in many areas of cat behavior including mother-offspring and conspecific interactions and exploration of their environment. Chemica...
Published on Feb 1, 2017in Applied Animal Behaviour Science 1.82
Christine Arhant4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna),
Josef Troxler11
Estimated H-index: 11
(University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna)
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Joana Soares Pereira1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UTAD: University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro),
Sara Fragoso2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Porto)
+ 3 AuthorsGonçalo Da Graça Pereira3
Estimated H-index: 3
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Chiara Mariti12
Estimated H-index: 12
(UniPi: University of Pisa),
Jonathan E. Bowen4
Estimated H-index: 4
(RVC: Royal Veterinary College)
+ 3 AuthorsAngelo Gazzano14
Estimated H-index: 14
(UniPi: University of Pisa)
To assess the welfare of cats at the veterinary clinic and how caregivers and veterinarians affect it, a survey of Italian cat guardians (n = 1,111) was conducted using a 28-item multichoice questionnaire. Most cats showed impaired welfare during all stages of a clinic visit: before entering, in the waiting room, moving to the examination room, on the examination table, and after returning home. A relationship was found between welfare states in each stage. Stress worsened with further experienc...
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Brenda J. Stevens2
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Eva M. Frantz1
Estimated H-index: 1
+ 4 AuthorsBarbara L. Sherman13
Estimated H-index: 13
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Belle Marie Nibblett3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine),
Jennifer Ketzis4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine),
Emma K. Grigg2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine)
Abstract Serum cortisol levels, physiological parameters and behavior were used to assess stress experienced by cats examined using equivalent low stress handling techniques in two different environments: their home and an idealized veterinary clinic setting. Healthy cats ( n = 18) were examined in a randomized cross-over study design: 10 were examined in a clinic setting first and eight in the home first with standardization of the examination procedure including personnel and duration between ...
Published on Dec 1, 2015in Applied Animal Behaviour Science 1.82
Sarah Lesley Helen Ellis2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Lincoln),
Hannah Thompson3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Lincoln)
+ 1 AuthorsHelen Zulch7
Estimated H-index: 7
(University of Lincoln)
Abstract The domestic cat is now one of the most common pet species in the Western world. As part of its role as a pet, cats are expected to not only tolerate but enjoy being touched. This study consisted of two experiments, with the first investigating the influence of body region touched and handler familiarity on the domestic cat's behavioural response to being stroked. The second experiment extended this work by investigating the influence of order of body region touched on behavioural respo...
Published on Dec 1, 2015in Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 1.58
Victoria Smith1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Glas.: University of Glasgow),
Valerie Lamb1
Estimated H-index: 1
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A. McBrearty6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Glas.: University of Glasgow)
ObjectivesRectal temperature (RT) is routinely used to assess body temperature in cats but has limitations and can be poorly tolerated. Axillary temperature (AT) and tympanic membrane temperature (TMT) are reported alternatives. This study aimed to determine the differences between RT and AT, and between RT and TMT in cats. Additional aims were to examine the effect of environmental and patient factors on these differences and to assess patient tolerance to each technique.MethodsAT, TMT and RT w...
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Andrea Urrutia3
Estimated H-index: 3
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Sandra Martínez-Byer + 2 AuthorsOxána Bánszegi7
Estimated H-index: 7
Abstract The behavioural assessment of individual animals in stressful situations should consider measures which are consistent across repeated testing, and therefore truly representative of an individual's behaviour. Here we report a study conducted on 40 neutered adult cats ( Felis silvestris catus ) of both sexes, originating from two animal shelters in Mexico and Hungary. We recorded the responses of the cats to repeated brief confinement trials that mimicked a common situation (confinement ...
Christine Arhant4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna),
Nicole Hörschläger (University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna), Josef Troxler11
Estimated H-index: 11
(University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna)
Abstract The veterinary profession is an ambassador for the welfare of animals, but the visit to a veterinary practice is in itself stressful for many animals. A multitude of recommendations how to reduce stress during a visit to the veterinarian is available, but they are often not implemented in practice. Therefore, the aim of this study was to survey veterinarians and veterinary students regarding their attitudes toward recommendations to improve cat and dog welfare in veterinary practice. We...