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Modification of the Feline-Ality™ Assessment and the Ability to Predict Adopted Cats' Behaviors in Their New Homes.

Weiss E, Gramann S, Drain N, Dolan E, Slater M - Animals (Basel) (2015)

Bottom Line: Of those adopted, the greatest risk to post-adoption human animal bond is unrealistic expectations set by the adopter.Our results show that the original Feline-ality™ assessment and our modified version were predictive of feline behavior post adoption.Shelters interested in increasing cat adoptions, decreasing length of stay and improving the adoption experience can now implement the modified version for future feline adoption success.

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Affiliation: Shelter Research and Development, Community Outreach, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA®), 3201 Winding Way, Palm City, FL 34990, USA. emily.weiss@aspca.org.

ABSTRACT
It is estimated that 2.5 million cats enter animal shelters in the United States every year and as few as 20% leave the shelter alive. Of those adopted, the greatest risk to post-adoption human animal bond is unrealistic expectations set by the adopter. The ASPCA(®)'s Meet Your Match(®) Feline-ality™ adoption program was developed to provide adopters with an accurate assessment of an adult cat's future behavior in the home. However, the original Feline-ality™ required a three-day hold time to collect cat behaviors on a data card, which was challenging for some shelters. This research involved creating a survey to determine in-home feline behavior post adoption and explored the predictive ability of the in-shelter assessment without the data card. Our results show that the original Feline-ality™ assessment and our modified version were predictive of feline behavior post adoption. Our modified version also decreased hold time for cats to one day. Shelters interested in increasing cat adoptions, decreasing length of stay and improving the adoption experience can now implement the modified version for future feline adoption success.

No MeSH data available.


Original ASPCA® Meet Your Match® Feline-ality™ program data card from the Original Assessment Group.
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animals-05-00071-f001: Original ASPCA® Meet Your Match® Feline-ality™ program data card from the Original Assessment Group.

Mentions: For cats in this group, Feline-ality™ was performed as originally tested and validated, where the Data Card (Figure 1) information collection occurred three times (the morning and afternoon after the intake day, and the following morning after the cat’s second night in the shelter). At each of the three Data Card information collections, brief observations were made about the cat’s body posture, the condition of the cat’s cage, and the cat’s social response when the door is opened. Only at the first Data Card collection, was an observation made of the cat’s food consumption overnight.


Modification of the Feline-Ality™ Assessment and the Ability to Predict Adopted Cats' Behaviors in Their New Homes.

Weiss E, Gramann S, Drain N, Dolan E, Slater M - Animals (Basel) (2015)

Original ASPCA® Meet Your Match® Feline-ality™ program data card from the Original Assessment Group.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4494340&req=5

animals-05-00071-f001: Original ASPCA® Meet Your Match® Feline-ality™ program data card from the Original Assessment Group.
Mentions: For cats in this group, Feline-ality™ was performed as originally tested and validated, where the Data Card (Figure 1) information collection occurred three times (the morning and afternoon after the intake day, and the following morning after the cat’s second night in the shelter). At each of the three Data Card information collections, brief observations were made about the cat’s body posture, the condition of the cat’s cage, and the cat’s social response when the door is opened. Only at the first Data Card collection, was an observation made of the cat’s food consumption overnight.

Bottom Line: Of those adopted, the greatest risk to post-adoption human animal bond is unrealistic expectations set by the adopter.Our results show that the original Feline-ality™ assessment and our modified version were predictive of feline behavior post adoption.Shelters interested in increasing cat adoptions, decreasing length of stay and improving the adoption experience can now implement the modified version for future feline adoption success.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Shelter Research and Development, Community Outreach, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA®), 3201 Winding Way, Palm City, FL 34990, USA. emily.weiss@aspca.org.

ABSTRACT
It is estimated that 2.5 million cats enter animal shelters in the United States every year and as few as 20% leave the shelter alive. Of those adopted, the greatest risk to post-adoption human animal bond is unrealistic expectations set by the adopter. The ASPCA(®)'s Meet Your Match(®) Feline-ality™ adoption program was developed to provide adopters with an accurate assessment of an adult cat's future behavior in the home. However, the original Feline-ality™ required a three-day hold time to collect cat behaviors on a data card, which was challenging for some shelters. This research involved creating a survey to determine in-home feline behavior post adoption and explored the predictive ability of the in-shelter assessment without the data card. Our results show that the original Feline-ality™ assessment and our modified version were predictive of feline behavior post adoption. Our modified version also decreased hold time for cats to one day. Shelters interested in increasing cat adoptions, decreasing length of stay and improving the adoption experience can now implement the modified version for future feline adoption success.

No MeSH data available.