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A Preliminary Description of Companion Cat, Managed Stray Cat, and Unmanaged Stray Cat Welfare in Auckland, New Zealand Using a 5-Component Assessment Scale

Sarah Zito; Jessica Walker; M. Carolyn Gates; Arnja Dale;
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  • Published: 01 Feb 2019 Journal: Frontiers in Veterinary Science (issn: 2297-1769, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Free-roaming cats are a polarising issue in New Zealand and there is strong need for a comprehensive evaluation of their welfare to better inform population management decisions. In this study, a 5-component visual health-related welfare assessment scale was developed and piloted on a convenience sample of 213 free-roaming companion cats (CC), 210 managed stray cats (MS), and 253 unmanaged stray cats (UMS) from various locations in Auckland, New Zealand. The welfare assessment was performed through distance observation and consisted of body condition score (BCS); coat condition score; nose and eye discharge score; ear crusting score; and injury score. The majori...
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