THE ROLE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT VIA SOCIALIZATION IN THE ENHANCEMENT OF CAT ADOPTABILITY
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractIndividuals who are searching for a cat to adopt may be influenced by the behavior of their potential new pets. Thus, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s cat socialization program is expected to enhance the adoptability of participating cats. This study sought a correlation between frequency of socialization and time to adoption for cats in the socialization program, and it investigated the effect of socialization on cats’ positive and negative responses to humans. A significant association between frequency of socialization and reduction of negative behaviors was identified. An association between frequency of socialization and time to adoption was not found, possibly because adopters are more influenced by the presence of positive behaviors than the absence of negative ones.
Degree ProgramHonors College