Cats on farms in the UK: numbers and preventative care

Roberts, C., Farnworth, M.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-6226-0818, Murray, J. and Clements, J., 2018. Cats on farms in the UK: numbers and preventative care. Veterinary Record, 183 (1). ISSN 0042-4900

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Studies concerning domestic cats on farms have historically explored social interactions and roaming patterns. Limited information exists on the numbers of farm cats, and care provided for them. Questionnaire-based exploration of the farm cat population has been conducted in the USA1 and the UK.2 However, neither study distinguished between types of farm cat, nor extended beyond basic provisioning and reasons for keeping cats.

The aim of this study was, within a UK sample, to estimate the number of 'pet', 'farm' and 'feral' cats living on farms, describe the characteristics of farms with any type of cats and describe the resources and preventive care provided to 'pet' and 'farm' cats.

An anonymous 23-question survey was constructed (online supplementary material). Questions included farm details (type of farm, size, location), the numbers of 'pet', 'farm' and 'feral' cats and the neutered status of and provisions made for 'pet' and 'farm' cats.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Veterinary Record
Creators: Roberts, C., Farnworth, M.J., Murray, J. and Clements, J.
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Date: 2018
Volume: 183
Number: 1
ISSN: 0042-4900
Rights: © British Veterinary Association 2018. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ.
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 11 Jun 2018 09:05
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2018 11:41

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