Feline researchers are preparing to poll the public on its views of wandering neighbourhood cats in the first behavioural study of its kind.
Feline researchers are preparing to poll the public on its views of wandering neighbourhood cats.
According to the team from the University of Lincoln, the study is the first of its kind and it could provide important information on the risks faced by cats when they are out and about.
Kevin Mahon is Feline Friends Cat Welfare Scholar at the University of Lincoln.
He said: “By nature, cats are inquisitive, predatory and territorial animals, so it is no surprise that they satisfy those instincts by wandering around our neighbourhoods.
“This behaviour can also expose them to risks though, and in this study, we’re hoping to gain a better understanding of just what those risks are. The findings will be extremely important to our ongoing research into companion animal welfare and we’d greatly appreciate the help of members of the public in completing our survey.”
According to Daniel Mills, a veterinary behavioural specialist at Lincoln, getting unbiased public opinions on “meandering moggies” will be particularly important.
“This is a one-off opportunity for people to be heard on this matter,” he said.
“Sometimes a minority group can start to shout about its opinion and whip up a frenzy, so that people start to think this is the majority view.”
For more information contact Kevin Mahon via firstname.lastname@example.org