Motivation of owners to purchase pedigree cats, with specific focus on the acquisition of brachycephalic cats

Plitman, L., Černá, P., Farnworth, M.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-6226-0818, Packer, R.M.A. and Gunn-Moore, D.A., 2019. Motivation of owners to purchase pedigree cats, with specific focus on the acquisition of brachycephalic cats. Animals, 9 (7): 394. ISSN 2076-2615

14172_Farnworth.pdf - Published version

Download (632kB) | Preview


Background: Cats are globally popular pets and pedigree cats are increasingly prevalent, with brachycephalic breeds being the most registered breeds. How owners decide upon and acquire their cats is poorly understood. Moreover, there are growing concerns about the health and welfare of brachycephalic (BC) dogs and recent studies are raising the awareness of health and welfare problems in BC cats. Methods: An online survey investigated owners’ motivations, perceptions and behaviours prior to, during and following acquisition of non-pedigree (NP), extreme brachycephalic pedigree (BC; i.e., Persian and Exotic Shorthair) and mild to non-BC pedigree (P) cats. Results: The survey received 1367 valid responses (NP n = 882, P n = 400, BC n = 85 (6.2%)). There were marked differences between NP, P and BC owners’ perception of their cats’ health and welfare, reason(s) for acquisition and its process. Owners of NP were less influenced by appearance, behaviour and other features than P or BC owners. In contrast, P and BC owners were highly influenced by appearance, with P owners also placing greater importance on good breed health than BC owners. BC owners were less likely to recommend their breeds to prospective cat owners, apparently concerned by high maintenance requirements. Conclusion: Further research is needed to determine how decision-making is constructed and how it may be improved, especially in respect of welfare outcomes for extreme BC cats given the increased weighting given to appearance over health.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Animals
Creators: Plitman, L., Černá, P., Farnworth, M.J., Packer, R.M.A. and Gunn-Moore, D.A.
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date: 2019
Volume: 9
Number: 7
ISSN: 2076-2615
Rights: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 28 Jun 2019 11:12
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 11:12

Actions (login required)

Edit View Edit View


Views per month over past year


Downloads per month over past year