The Toronto Humane Society, in collaboration with the University of Guelph and JVT Strategies, has published the first known study of hoarded cat behavior.
And there is good news.
According to a report published in Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgerymost hoarded cats were socialized and adoptable to traditional homes.
“We were surprised at how many of these cats were really social enough to people and were able to live a very happy life in a typical adoptive home,” said Dr. Linda Jacobsen of the Toronto Humane Society. The authors
“So that’s really good news. If you asked me to predict how many (sheltered cats will be successfully adopted), I’d say less. There’s a crowd (where they come from). Usually. But there is poor hygiene. They are often sick and also they can’t get away from other animals so they don’t have their own space. They don’t have normal social structures and they don’t interact with people.
Despite coming from these circumstances, the report, title Behavior and adaptability of stocked cats admitted to an animal shelterfound that adopters were more positive about their adopted cats, and that fewer hoarded cats had problems using the litter box.
Jacobson said the study was linked to another study, titled Clinical conditions in stock animalsBetween 2011-2014, 371 cats from 14 different homes in and around Toronto were followed.
Stocking ranges from 10 to 77 cats in a single household.
“We had 195 cats that were subsets in the behavioral study and all told, 174 were adopted,” he said.
“There was a (slight) difference between hoarded cats (10%) and non-hoarded cats (7.1%) returned during the study period, which we met by the end of 2019.
Only two cats were returned for litter box problems, she said.
Jacobson said animal hoarding is “pretty common” although there are no real statistics on how often it happens.
“Not really great numbers,” he said. “The cases we see probably don’t represent the number that are out there.”
The report also recommends that shelters and adopters wait between 5-10 days before making any decisions based on a cat’s behavior to give the animal time to decompress before rehoming. can go.