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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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Mean beliefs (± SEM) regarding the outcomes of sterilisation in cat (n = 55) and dog (n = 71) semi-owners (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree).
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animals-02-00611-f004: Mean beliefs (± SEM) regarding the outcomes of sterilisation in cat (n = 55) and dog (n = 71) semi-owners (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree).

Mentions: Cat (n = 55) and dog (n = 71) semi-owners were asked their beliefs about the health and behavioural outcomes of sterilisation for cats and dogs. As shown in Figure 4, the findings indicated some positive (i.e., health, companionship) and some negative (i.e., frustrated, bored, territorial, aggressive) beliefs about sterilisation outcomes. Semi-owners believed that sterilised animals become less energetic, but not overweight. There were no significant differences between cat and dog semi-owners.


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

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

Mean beliefs (± SEM) regarding the outcomes of sterilisation in cat (n = 55) and dog (n = 71) semi-owners (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree).
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animals-02-00611-f004: Mean beliefs (± SEM) regarding the outcomes of sterilisation in cat (n = 55) and dog (n = 71) semi-owners (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree).
Mentions: Cat (n = 55) and dog (n = 71) semi-owners were asked their beliefs about the health and behavioural outcomes of sterilisation for cats and dogs. As shown in Figure 4, the findings indicated some positive (i.e., health, companionship) and some negative (i.e., frustrated, bored, territorial, aggressive) beliefs about sterilisation outcomes. Semi-owners believed that sterilised animals become less energetic, but not overweight. There were no significant differences between cat and dog semi-owners.

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