Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: November 1, 2022 by Crystal Uys
When I was at the American Association of Feline Practitioners annual conference last month, I heard Theresa DePorter, BS, DVM, DECAWBM, DACVB, a veterinarian at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Bloomfield Hills, MI, speak on longterm behavior modification strategies for cats (more on this topic to come soon.) Dr. Porter was one of the veterinarians involved in helping create the new Feliway Multicat pheromone product, which is designed to reduce conflict and tension between cats in the same household.
Dr. DePorter is conducting a new study that is designed to help researchers understand more about cats. “Cats are approaching domestication. Not arrived. There are still so many mysteries about the lives of cats,” writes Dr. DePorter on her Facebook page. “Cats are the number one pet. Many homes include 1,2,3,4 or more feline friends. Some live their entire lives inside our homes and some have a complex lifestyle that includes living in two worlds: inside and outside our homes.”
Take the survey
Dr. DePorter desinged a detailed survey, and the more input she can get for her study, the better off cats everywhere will be. Follow the SurveyMonkey link below for access to the “OVRS Cat Study” for cat lovers (over 18 please.)
This is not a short survey, because cats are not simple. It may take between 2 and 60 minutes to complete. If you have more cats, then it will closer to 60 minutes.
Please participate in the study only if you have 1 to 4 cats in the home. Right now the study is for US cats only – even though Dr. DePorter would love to include the entire world, it’s not possible at this time. But even if you live outside the US and you state so in the study, it will give her an idea of how many cat guardians might participate in a future worldwide survey.
About the author
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.