Study finds that toys and eye-level placement help shelter cats find homes
Shelters that want to increase the odds of their cats getting adopted should consider putting toys into their cages and housing the felines at eye level.
Those two steps alone gave cats in one shelter a significant leg up on finding a new home, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science (Vol. 13, No. 2).
The study, “Factors Relevant to Adoption of Cats in an Animal Shelter,” looked at the effect of providing cats with toys, the location of their cages, and individual characteristics (activity level, age, sex, and coat color) on 111 cats available for adoption in an animal shelter—in this case, the ASPCA’s facility in New York City.
“The analysis revealed a greater adopter viewing of cats housed at eye level and of those with toys—even though the toys did not affect the cats’ behavior,” write researchers Jacqueline M. Fantuzzi, Katherine A. Miller, and Emily Weiss.