National Cat Survey – Cats in the Community

Tuesday 31st July, 2012 by Greg Findley.

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We were recently contacted by Kevin Mahon, Feline Friends Cat Welfare Scholar at the University of Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences, to try and help get their National Cat Survey out to as big an audience as possible. As the survey forms part of their research into animal welfare, we were only too happy to try and help with this.

We’re hoping you guys, our readers, can spare a few minutes to complete their simple survey, they have two versions, one for cat owners and one for non cat owners:

Please click here if you’re a cat owner
Please click here if you’re not a cat owner

The survey, the first of its kind in the UK, will help to quantify and qualify risks that cats face when out and about. The researchers welcome responses from people who do not own cats as well as people who do.

Kevin Mahon, Feline Friends Cat Welfare Scholar at the University of Lincoln, who is working with Professor Mills on the study, said: “By nature cats are inquisitive, predatory and territorial animals, so it’s 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.”

If you would like to find out more about their survey you can read the full press release here:
http://research.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2012/07/17/national-survey-to-track-what-we-really-think-of-wandering-cats/