Companion Animals in Thailand: Human Factors that Predict Sterilization of Cats and Dogs

Toukhsati, Samia R., Phillips, Clive J.C., Podberscek, Anthony L. and Coleman, Grahame J. (2015) Companion Animals in Thailand: Human Factors that Predict Sterilization of Cats and Dogs. Society and Animals, 23 6: 569-593. doi:10.1163/15685306-12341381


Author Toukhsati, Samia R.
Phillips, Clive J.C.
Podberscek, Anthony L.
Coleman, Grahame J.
Title Companion Animals in Thailand: Human Factors that Predict Sterilization of Cats and Dogs
Journal name Society and Animals   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1568-5306
1063-1119
Publication date 2015-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1163/15685306-12341381
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 23
Issue 6
Start page 569
End page 593
Total pages 25
Place of publication Leiden, Netherlands
Publisher Brill
Language eng
Subject 3400 Veterinary
3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract The prevalence of companion animal caregiving was estimated, and demographic and psychosocial factors that predict sterilization behaviors in caregivers in Thailand were identified. Thai nationals ( n= 494) were recruited by random for the Culture and Human-Animal Interactions ( chai) telephone survey. The results showed 74% of respondents had a cat and/or a dog (60% dogs, 23% cats); 22% of dogs and 19% of cats were sterilized. Logistic Regression analyses revealed positive attitudes toward desexing, and the perception that important others would endorse this practice best predicted sterilization practices. For caregivers with unsterilized companions, Hierarchical Multiple Regression analyses revealed perceived capability to sterilize, positive attitudes toward desexing, and perceived normative pressure to sterilize accounted for 35% and 45% of the variance in intentions to sterilize dogs and cats, respectively. Culturally sensitive initiatives targeting negative attitudes, enhancing normative pressure, and increasing perceived personal agency to sterilize may improve sterilization rates in Thailand.
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The prevalence of companion animal caregiving was estimated, and demographic and psychosocial factors that predict sterilization behaviors in caregivers in Thailand were identified. Thai nationals ( n= 494) were recruited by random for the Culture and Human-Animal Interactions (CHAI) telephone survey. The results showed 74% of respondents had a cat and/or a dog (60% dogs, 23% cats); 22% of dogs and 19% of cats were sterilized. Logistic Regression analyses revealed positive attitudes toward desexing, and the perception that important others would endorse this practice best predicted sterilization practices. For caregivers with unsterilized companions, Hierarchical Multiple Regression analyses revealed perceived capability to sterilize, positive attitudes toward desexing, and perceived normative pressure to sterilize accounted for 35% and 45% of the variance in intentions to sterilize dogs and cats, respectively. Culturally sensitive initiatives targeting negative attitudes, enhancing normative pressure, and increasing perceived personal agency to sterilize may improve sterilization rates in Thailand.
Keyword Human-animal interaction
Attitude
Culture
Responsible companion animal caregiving
Sterilize
Neuter
Spay
Desex
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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