Influence of Socialization and Foster Programs on Cat Stress Levels and Sociability

March 31, 2020

Audience: Executive Leadership, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team

Organization: Oregon State University
Investigator(s): Monique Udell
Grant Amount: $75,636.00
Project Type: Basic Research
Project Status: Research In Progress

Project Summary

This project from Oregon State University will evaluate what styles of foster and/or socialization programs benefit cats most in terms of adoption, behavior, and welfare outcomes. Cats will be evaluated in short-term foster(sleepover program), long-term foster, with and without shelter socialization. Cortisol levels (salivary) will be compared at specific time intervals to measure stress.

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