Assessment of Clicker Training for Shelter Cats
AbstractClicker training has the potential to mitigate stress among shelter cats by providing environmental enrichment and human interaction. This study assessed the ability of cats housed in a shelter-like setting to learn new behaviors via clicker training in a limited amount of time. One hundred shelter cats were enrolled in the study. Their baseline ability to perform four specific behaviors touching a target, sitting, spinning, and giving a high-five was assessed, before exposing them to 15, five-min clicker training sessions, followed by a post-training assessment. Significant gains in performance scores were found for all four cued behaviors after training (p = 0.001). A cat’s age and sex did not have any effect on successful learning, but increased food motivation was correlated with greater gains in learning for two of the cued behaviors: high-five and targeting. Temperament also correlated with learning, as bolder cats at post assessment demonstrated greater gains in performance scores than shyer ones. Over the course of this study, 79% of cats mastered the ability to touch a target, 27% mastered sitting, 60% mastered spinning, and 31% mastered high-fiving. Aside from the ability to influence the cats’ well-being, clicker training also has the potential to make cats more desirable to adopters. View Full-Text
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Kogan, L.; Kolus, C.; Schoenfeld-Tacher, R. Assessment of Clicker Training for Shelter Cats. Animals 2017, 7, 73.
Kogan L, Kolus C, Schoenfeld-Tacher R. Assessment of Clicker Training for Shelter Cats. Animals. 2017; 7(10):73.Chicago/Turabian Style
Kogan, Lori; Kolus, Cheryl; Schoenfeld-Tacher, Regina. 2017. "Assessment of Clicker Training for Shelter Cats." Animals 7, no. 10: 73.
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