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Cat owners fall in one of five categories, researchers say. Which one are you?   The Natural You: Wild Kingdom

Started Sep-9 by MerlinsDad; 406 views.
MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad

Sep-9

This is not exactly "wild kingdom," but cat ownership can seriously impact wildlife.  There's an interesting quiz at the bottom to help you determine what type of cat owner you are.

news item by Skylar Mitchell, September 8
https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/08/us/cat-owners-five-categories-scn-trnd/index.html?utm_term=15996468603049bb3b7ae4e32&utm_source=Five+Things+for+Wednesday%2C+September+9%2C+2020&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=241864_1599646860309&bt_ee=sHhq06Y1YHyMKaF5%2FZSigFVn8cfS28Bj2h5fikY561IYA2XCRUC4CKRhcmAv7o6V&bt_ts=1599646860309

If you have a cat, you may fall in one of five categories ranging from "conscientious caretaker" to "tolerant guardian," according to researchers at the University of Exeter in England.

Domestic cats fall on a spectrum based on their proclivity to hunting and roaming and the supervision levels of their owners can affect how the feline pets interact with their surrounding environments.
 
Whereas some owners embrace the more wild tendencies of their cats and allow them the space to roam outdoors, others prefer raising house cats, keeping their furry friends inside and under supervision. Depending on where in this spectrum, you may be a "conscientious caretakers" or a "freedom defender."

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk

Sep-9

I have always felt that people who own outdoor cats in a city are not being responsible. In the country, cats can be expected to roam or live in barns.

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad

Sep-9

How did you rate on the quiz?

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk

Sep-9

I’m not a cat owner.

Alfi (THIALFI)

From: Alfi (THIALFI)

Sep-9

I'm not in any category. Or dogetory. Or birdetory. Or...but you get the idea.

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad

Sep-9

Does that mean you have no pets?  or does it mean that you have lots?

Concerned Protector

Concerned Protectors prioritise their cats' safety, and worry about them being lost, stolen or injured while roaming. They are more likely than other owners to keep their cats indoors, either permanently or just at night time. Concerned Protectors don't necessarily have strong feelings about their cat's hunting behaviour, but could nevertheless be helping reduce the amount of wildlife killed by keeping their pets in at night.

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