The ‘Feline Five’: What Does It Mean for Companion Cat Welfare?

The Companion Animal Diary - A Science Update November 2017

 

According to the latest Companion Animal Report[1] produced by the New Zealand Companion Animal Council, Cats are New Zealand’s most popular companion animal, with approximately 44% of New Zealand homes having at least one cat. But how much do we really know about the personalities of our furry companions?


A new study by Litchfield et al (2017) investigates the personalities of a large sample of companion cats and analyses how the results can be utilised to better understand cats’ behavioural needs and ultimately improve their welfare. 

New Zealanders Support a National Cat Management Strategy

The Companion Animal Diary - A Science Update October 2017

According to the lasted Companion Animal Report[1] produced by the New Zealand Companion Animal Council there are currently an estimated 1.134 million companion cats in New Zealand, making them the most popular companion animal in New Zealand, and with predation of wildlife by cats being a contentious issue, national cat management legislation is currently being considered.

This new study by Walker et al (2017) investigates public concern regarding wildlife predation by both owned and un-owned cats, and evaluates public support for the implementation of a National Cat Management Strategy and potential methods of controlling cat populations.