Thursday, November 27, 2014

Animal Shelter Behavioral Differences

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Behavioral differences between owner surrender and stray domestic cats after entering an animal shelter:

ABSTRACT: Animals entering a shelter environment may behave differently upon arrival depending upon their previous experiences and life history. To examine this, 86 domestic cats were scored using a seven-level behavioral measure for the first 3 days upon entering an animal shelter. Data were then grouped according to cats surrendered by their owner (OS) or found stray (S). Results indicate that OS cats showed the greatest behavioral measures of stress and arousal compared to S cats. Of the cats that were euthanized due to illness or disease, the mean behavioral stress rating was significantly higher in the OS group versus the S group. Examining archival data from 260 shelter cats that developed an upper respiratory infection (URI), the OS cats became ill significantly sooner than the S cats. These findings suggest that OS cats experience greater behavioral stress after entering a shelter environment, which may subsequently influence their health and well being.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November 2014: Cat of the Month!

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My Story:
Meet Sassy!

I am a one-year-old spayed, female kitty.
I'm super friendly and
I love human attention and like other cats.
I have also been around dogs, and like them, too.
I will do well with other animals, or by myself.
I'm quiet and casual in temperament.
I've a small body type, with beautiful blue eyes.
I've been vetted by FPRG rescue Vet:
chipped + up-to-date with shots.
I was rescued from Lancaster Shelter in So. CA.
It would be my Thanksgiving wish to be
part of a loving, safe home.
Truly... a home for the holidays!

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