AAFP and ISFM feline environmental needs guidelines

Ellis, S. L. H. and Carney, H. C. and Heath, S. and Rochlitz, I. and Shearburn, L. D. and Sundahl, E. and Westropp, J. L. (2013) AAFP and ISFM feline environmental needs guidelines. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 15 . pp. 219-230. ISSN 1098-612X

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Abstract

Guidelines rationale: A cat’s level of comfort with its environment is intrinsically linked to
its physical health, emotional wellbeing and behavior. Having a basic understanding of the
cat’s species-specific environmental needs and how cats interact with their environment will
provide a foundation for addressing these fundamental requirements.
Environmental needs: Addressing environmental needs is essential (not optional) for
optimum wellbeing of the cat. Environmental needs include those relating not only to the cat’s
physical surroundings (indoors or outdoors; in the home environment or at the veterinary practice)
but also those affecting social interaction, including responses to human contact.
Five ‘pillars’ framework: The authorship panel has organized the Guidelines around five primary concepts
(‘pillars’) that provide the framework for a healthy feline environment. Understanding these principles
and the unique environmental needs of the cat will help veterinarians, cat owners and care-givers to reduce
stress, the incidence of stress-related disorders, and unwanted behavior in their feline patients and pets.
The recommendations in the Guidelines apply to all pet cats, regardless of lifestyle.

Additional Information:Guidelines rationale: A cat’s level of comfort with its environment is intrinsically linked to its physical health, emotional wellbeing and behavior. Having a basic understanding of the cat’s species-specific environmental needs and how cats interact with their environment will provide a foundation for addressing these fundamental requirements. Environmental needs: Addressing environmental needs is essential (not optional) for optimum wellbeing of the cat. Environmental needs include those relating not only to the cat’s physical surroundings (indoors or outdoors; in the home environment or at the veterinary practice) but also those affecting social interaction, including responses to human contact. Five ‘pillars’ framework: The authorship panel has organized the Guidelines around five primary concepts (‘pillars’) that provide the framework for a healthy feline environment. Understanding these principles and the unique environmental needs of the cat will help veterinarians, cat owners and care-givers to reduce stress, the incidence of stress-related disorders, and unwanted behavior in their feline patients and pets. The recommendations in the Guidelines apply to all pet cats, regardless of lifestyle.
Keywords:Animal welfare, feline, environmental enrichment
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D320 Animal Health
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D300 Animal Science
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D328 Animal Welfare
C Biological Sciences > C910 Applied Biological Sciences
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:7814
Deposited On:05 Mar 2013 12:59

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