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Semi-Ownership and Sterilisation of Cats and Dogs in Thailand.

Toukhsati SR, Phillips CJ, Podberscek AL, Coleman GJ - Animals (Basel) (2012)

Bottom Line: Semi-ownership was defined as interacting/caring for a companion animal that the respondent does not own, such as a stray cat or dog.Similarly, 11% of respondents (n = 55) engaged in cat semi-ownership and only 7% were known to be sterilised.Community awareness campaigns that approach the issue of sterilisation in a way that is consistent with cultural and religious traditions using Thai role models, such as veterinarians, may go some way in reducing stray animal population growth.

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Affiliation: Animal Welfare Science Center, School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Clayton VIC 3800, Australia. samia.toukhsati@monash.edu.

ABSTRACT
The aim of this study was to identify the prevalence of cat and dog semi-ownership in Thailand and factors that predict sterilisation. Semi-ownership was defined as interacting/caring for a companion animal that the respondent does not own, such as a stray cat or dog. A randomised telephone survey recruited 494 Thai nationals residing in Thailand. The findings revealed that 14% of respondents (n = 71) engaged in dog semi-ownership and only 17% of these dogs had been sterilised. Similarly, 11% of respondents (n = 55) engaged in cat semi-ownership and only 7% were known to be sterilised. Using Hierarchical Multiple Regression, the findings showed that 62% and 75% of the variance in intentions to sterilise semi-owned dogs and cats, respectively, was predicted by religious beliefs, and psychosocial factors such as attitudes, perceived pressure from others, and perceived behavioural control. Community awareness campaigns that approach the issue of sterilisation in a way that is consistent with cultural and religious traditions using Thai role models, such as veterinarians, may go some way in reducing stray animal population growth.

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Mentions: Stray cats and dogs are said to exist as a function of human attitudes and behaviours, such as semi-ownership practices, however these are poorly understood [26]. Nonetheless, it is generally accepted that attitudes towards a particular behaviour, such as sterilisation, are a key determinant in predicting the enactment of that behaviour. These principles are outlined in the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) which suggests that background demographic and psychosocial factors (such as knowledge, beliefs, and values), influence the formation of attitudes, perceived social norms and perceived personal agency and that these, in turn, influence behaviour (see Figure 1) [27]. For instance, some research has linked personality attributes, such as agreeableness, to attitudes towards animal welfare and their use [28]. Moreover, gender and animal empathy have both been associated with attitudes towards sterilisation practices [29,30,31]. As has been demonstrated previously [32,33], the TPB model offers a means of developing our understanding of attitudes towards companion animal ownership and population control management, such as sterilisation, in non-western cultures.


Semi-Ownership and Sterilisation of Cats and Dogs in Thailand.

Toukhsati SR, Phillips CJ, Podberscek AL, Coleman GJ - Animals (Basel) (2012)

Theory of Planned Behaviour model; Attitudes, personality and behaviour [27].
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animals-02-00611-f001: Theory of Planned Behaviour model; Attitudes, personality and behaviour [27].
Mentions: Stray cats and dogs are said to exist as a function of human attitudes and behaviours, such as semi-ownership practices, however these are poorly understood [26]. Nonetheless, it is generally accepted that attitudes towards a particular behaviour, such as sterilisation, are a key determinant in predicting the enactment of that behaviour. These principles are outlined in the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) which suggests that background demographic and psychosocial factors (such as knowledge, beliefs, and values), influence the formation of attitudes, perceived social norms and perceived personal agency and that these, in turn, influence behaviour (see Figure 1) [27]. For instance, some research has linked personality attributes, such as agreeableness, to attitudes towards animal welfare and their use [28]. Moreover, gender and animal empathy have both been associated with attitudes towards sterilisation practices [29,30,31]. As has been demonstrated previously [32,33], the TPB model offers a means of developing our understanding of attitudes towards companion animal ownership and population control management, such as sterilisation, in non-western cultures.

Bottom Line: Semi-ownership was defined as interacting/caring for a companion animal that the respondent does not own, such as a stray cat or dog.Similarly, 11% of respondents (n = 55) engaged in cat semi-ownership and only 7% were known to be sterilised.Community awareness campaigns that approach the issue of sterilisation in a way that is consistent with cultural and religious traditions using Thai role models, such as veterinarians, may go some way in reducing stray animal population growth.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Animal Welfare Science Center, School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Clayton VIC 3800, Australia. samia.toukhsati@monash.edu.

ABSTRACT
The aim of this study was to identify the prevalence of cat and dog semi-ownership in Thailand and factors that predict sterilisation. Semi-ownership was defined as interacting/caring for a companion animal that the respondent does not own, such as a stray cat or dog. A randomised telephone survey recruited 494 Thai nationals residing in Thailand. The findings revealed that 14% of respondents (n = 71) engaged in dog semi-ownership and only 17% of these dogs had been sterilised. Similarly, 11% of respondents (n = 55) engaged in cat semi-ownership and only 7% were known to be sterilised. Using Hierarchical Multiple Regression, the findings showed that 62% and 75% of the variance in intentions to sterilise semi-owned dogs and cats, respectively, was predicted by religious beliefs, and psychosocial factors such as attitudes, perceived pressure from others, and perceived behavioural control. Community awareness campaigns that approach the issue of sterilisation in a way that is consistent with cultural and religious traditions using Thai role models, such as veterinarians, may go some way in reducing stray animal population growth.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus