Category: Cat

Using Rotation to Reduce Stress in Multi-Cat Situations

Kathryn Weil

Multi-cat homes where all the cats live indoors are growing more and more common in today’s feline world, as shelters, breeders, and behavior consultants recognize the benefits of bringing more than one cat home. In fact, most people who have cats have two or more.

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Outdoor cats: Science and Welfare

Jane Bowers

Recent research (Chalkowski et. al 2019) into whether outdoor access was a risk factor in the spread of 19 different pathogens, some of which transmit to humans and wildlife as well as to other cats, revealed that cats with outdoor access were 2.77 times more likely to be infected than indoor-only cats. For example, Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite spread primarily by cats. It can be transmitted to humans, and has been linked to depression, seizures, and schizophrenia in humans. Rabies, cat scratch fever, feline leukemia, and feline immunodeficiency virus can be transmitted between cats.

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