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dc.contributor.authorMoesta, Alexandra
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T20:59:32Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T20:59:32Z
dc.date.issued2012-12
dc.identifier.othermoesta_alexandra_201212_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/moesta_alexandra_201212_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/28560
dc.description.abstractA survey on feline scratching of household items and attitudes towards declawing was distributed to 140 cat owners. Of 116 returned surveys, most cats (83.9 %) scratched inappropriate items, mainly furniture. Carpeted and fabric items and items that were angled vertically were scratched significantly more than items of another angle or material (all repeated measures model, p<0.05). Most cats (76.1 %) had at least one designated scratching item. Scratching posts were preferred over scratch pads (repeated measures model, p=0.0156). Declawing (12.9 % of all cats) reduced the amount of damage to furniture, pets or people significantly (all Wilcoxon’s signed rank test, n=10, p< 0.05). Most cats were declawed to prevent or stop scratching of furniture. A survey of 23 veterinary practices revealed that 17 out of 20 practices explained alternatives to declawing to clients, but were willing to declaw cats without any attempts by the client to try alternatives.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectcat
dc.subjectbehavior
dc.subjectscratching
dc.subjectdeclawing
dc.subjectonychectomy
dc.subjectowner attitudes
dc.subjectveterinarian
dc.titleFeline scratching of furniture
dc.title.alternativeimpact, owner attempts to prevent it and attitudes towards declawing : a survey of cat owners and veterinarians
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentVeterinary and Biomedical Sciences
dc.description.majorVeterinary and Biomedical Sciences
dc.description.advisorSharon Crowell-Davis
dc.description.committeeSharon Crowell-Davis
dc.description.committeeIra Roth
dc.description.committeeKaren Cornell


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