Determinants of cat choice and outcomes for adult cats and kittens adopted from an Australian animal shelter

Zito, Sarah, Paterson, Mandy, Vankan, Dianne, Morton, John, Bennett, Pauleen and Phillips,Clive (2015) Determinants of cat choice and outcomes for adult cats and kittens adopted from an Australian animal shelter. Animals, 5 2: 276-314. doi:10.3390/ani5020276


Author Zito, Sarah
Paterson, Mandy
Vankan, Dianne
Morton, John
Bennett, Pauleen
Phillips,Clive
Title Determinants of cat choice and outcomes for adult cats and kittens adopted from an Australian animal shelter
Journal name Animals   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2076-2615
Publication date 2015-04-29
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3390/ani5020276
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 5
Issue 2
Start page 276
End page 314
Total pages 39
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher MDPI AG
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract The percentage of adult cats euthanized in animal shelters is greater than that of kittens because adult cats are less likely to be adopted. This study aimed to provide evidence to inform the design of strategies to encourage adult cat adoptions. One such strategy is to discount adoption prices, but there are concerns that this may result in poor adoption outcomes. We surveyed 382 cat adopters at the time of adoption, to assess potential determinants of adopters’ cat age group choice (adult or kitten) and, for adult cat adopters, the price they are willing to pay. The same respondents were surveyed again 6–12 months after the adoption to compare outcomes between cat age groups and between adult cats in two price categories. Most adopters had benevolent motivations for adopting from the shelter and had put considerable thought into the adoption and requirements for responsible ownership. However, adult cat adopters were more likely to have been influenced by price than kitten adopters. Adoption outcomes were generally positive for both adult cats and kittens and for adult cats adopted at low prices. The latter finding alleviates concerns about the outcomes of “low-cost” adoptions in populations, such as the study population, and lends support for the use of “low-cost” adoptions as an option for attempting to increase adoption rates. In addition, the results provide information that can be used to inform future campaigns aimed at increasing the number of adult cat adoptions, particularly in devising marketing strategies for adult cats.
Keyword Adult cat and kitten adoption
Animal shelter
Cat adoption outcomes
Cat choice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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