Enhancing quality of life for dogs and cats in confined situations

Timmins, R. P., Cliff, K. D., Day, C. T., Hart, B. L., Hart, L. A., Hubrecht, R. C., Hurley, K. F., Phillips, C. J. C., Rand, J. S., Rochlitz, I., Serpell, J. A. and Zawistowski, S. L. (2007) Enhancing quality of life for dogs and cats in confined situations. Animal Welfare, 16 Suppl. 1: 83-87.


Author Timmins, R. P.
Cliff, K. D.
Day, C. T.
Hart, B. L.
Hart, L. A.
Hubrecht, R. C.
Hurley, K. F.
Phillips, C. J. C.
Rand, J. S.
Rochlitz, I.
Serpell, J. A.
Zawistowski, S. L.
Title Enhancing quality of life for dogs and cats in confined situations
Journal name Animal Welfare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-7286
Publication date 2007-05
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Volume 16
Issue Suppl. 1
Start page 83
End page 87
Total pages 5
Place of publication Potters Bar, England
Publisher Universities Federation for Animal Welfare
Language eng
Subject 070203 Animal Management
Abstract An international panel of experts in the fields of canine and feline health, welfare and behaviour conducted an online discussion addressing two questions: (1) how can one define quality of life (QoL) for dogs and cats in confined living situations, such as laboratories; and (2) what additional research is needed to determine how optimal QoL can be achieved? The panel suggested that QoL encompasses animal welfare and the subjective 'feelings' of the animal regarding its life, and that it can only be inferred from behavioural, physiological and other measures. Two methods for measuring QoL were proposed: establishing an ethogram defining QoL for individuals, and developing a 'quality of living' scale that can be applied to facilities housing groups of dogs and cats. Constructing these measures requires a comprehensive research program, and the paper discusses overall research objectives, specific questions that must be addressed, and some proposed research methods.
Keyword Veterinary Sciences
Zoology
Animal welfare
Companion animals
Ethogram
Human-animal bond
Laboratory animals
Quality of life
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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