Advanced lighting design and control can improve shelter cat welfare

Cat shelter with dingy lighting unsophisticated lighting. This is a fictional image.

A recent study came to the conclusion that “using slightly more advanced lighting design and control, shelters can potentially improve the visual experience for cats.” And in improving the visual experience the shelter can improve the general welfare of the cats as the desired lighting effect is to mimic daylight. RELATED: Do dogs surrendered …

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Factors influencing the length of stay (LOS) of cats at shelters

LOS at animal shelters

Although there are many ways to reduce the length of stay (LOS) of cats at shelters, in this article I look at some information from studies with the goal of reducing LOS. In the first study they found that the average LOS was 61.2 days for both cats and kittens combined that was partly …

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Animal shelters insisting that two cats are adopted together can extend their stay at the shelter by 185%

Woman returns to adopt 16-year-old Max (1)

I believe that the results of this study published in January 1, 2023, on the Cambridge University Press website are common sense and I also believe that the results shouldn’t deter animal shelters from insisting that two cats are adopted together when appropriate. RELATED: Woman who adopted 11-year-old cat returns to shelter to adopt …

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Facts about the health and behaviour of cats and dogs adopted from 3 animal shelters in America

Emma Chamberlain and her new kitten Frankie just after adoption from a shelter. I like the screenshot as it has the flavour of a vlogger.

An interesting study about the health and behaviour of cats and dogs one week and one month after adoption from an animal shelter is on the Internet and it was conducted by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and published in 2008. I have summarised the long report. Here are some facts from this …

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Are cats better in pairs?

Ginger boy cats announce their mutual love in heart-shaped embrace

Yes, is the positive answer to the question in the title but there’s a big caveat which is this: they’ve got to get along, which is obvious but crucial. But I’ve got a common-sense idea for the best way to ensure that a pair of cats get along. You might know that when you …

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Gabapentin substantially improves adoption rate of shelter cats rescued from a hoarding environment

Gabapentin combined with a behaviour modification program can substantially improve rescue cats' rehabilitation and therefore chances of adoption after being rescued from a cat hoarding environment

Cats living with a cat hoarder are almost invariably neglected. They are often only partly socialised, stressed and unhealthy. After rescue, a substantial percentage of them do not take well to a rescue facility. It may be so bad for them that they stop eating and toileting. They are essentially unadoptable because they’re so …

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If you adopted your cat from a shelter, how did they tell you that they were the right cat for you?

Selecting a shelter cat

There is such a high degree of variability in the behaviour of shelter cats and their potential adopters that there is no one single sign or M.O. which represents all the encounters. This is my thought about this topic. I have skimmed some stories and I can’t really see a pattern. It is surely …

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