Surrenderers' Relationships with Cats Admitted to four Australian Animal Shelters

Zito, Sarah, Paterson, Mandy, Morton, John, Vanken, Di, Bennett, Pauleen, Rand, Jacquie and Phillips, Clive J. C. (2018) Surrenderers' Relationships with Cats Admitted to four Australian Animal Shelters. Animals : An Open Access Journal from MDPI, 8 2: 1-20. doi:10.3390/ani8020023

Author Zito, Sarah
Paterson, Mandy
Morton, John
Vanken, Di
Bennett, Pauleen
Rand, Jacquie
Phillips, Clive J. C.
Title Surrenderers' Relationships with Cats Admitted to four Australian Animal Shelters
Journal name Animals : An Open Access Journal from MDPI   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2076-2615
Publication date 2018-02-07
Year available 2018
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3390/ani8020023
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 8
Issue 2
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher MDPI AG
Abstract The surrender of cats to animal shelters results in financial, social and moral burdens for the community. Correlations of caretaking and interactions with surrendered cats were calculated, to understand more about humans' relationships with surrendered cats and the contribution of semi-owned cats to shelter intakes. A questionnaire was used to collect detailed information about 100 surrenderers' relationships with cats they surrendered to four animal shelters in Australia, with each surrenderer classifying themselves as being either the owner or a non-owner of the surrendered cat (ownership perception). Method of acquisition of the cat, association time, closeness of the relationship with the cat and degree of responsibility for the cat's care were all associated with ownership perception. Many non-owners (59%) fed and interacted with the cat they surrendered but rarely displayed other caretaking behaviours. However, most surrenderers of owned and unowned cats were attached to and felt responsible for the cat. Based on these results and other evidence, a causal model of ownership perception was proposed to provide a better understanding of factors influencing ownership perception. This model consisted of a set of variables proposed as directly or indirectly influencing ownership perception, with connecting arrows to indicate proposed causal relationships. Understanding ownership perception and the contribution of semi-owned cats to shelter intake is important as these can inform the development of more targeted and effective intervention strategies to reduce numbers of unwanted cats.
Keyword animal shelter
animal welfare
cat relinquishment
cat semi-ownership
cat surrender
shelter medicine
unwanted cat
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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