Animal Welfare Seminar 2021
- Presentation + Q&A Videos
- Knowledgebase Articles
- Safe and Happy Cats
- Other resources
- Presentation slides
- Relevant published research articles from RSPCA authors
- Speakers - contact details, biographies and presentation abstracts
Presentation + Q&A Videos
Presentation + Q&A videos from the seminar.
Presentation + Q&A videos from day one of Feline Futures.
Presentation + Q&A videos from day two of Feline Futures.
Included here are links to relevant reports:
- Identifying Best Practice Domestic Cat Management in Australia
- Identifying Best Practice Domestic Cat Management in Australia - Finding and Recommendations
- Identifying Best Practice Domestic Cat Management in Australia - Response to Public Consultation
- Cat Management Plan for South Australia 2019.pdf
- Pre-pubertal desexing (PPD) in cats – RSPCA Australia Research Report June 2021
- Pre-pubertal desexing (PPD) in cats – RSPCA Australia Research Report June 2021 – Appendix
The following articles on the RSPCA Knowledgebase may prove useful:
- Companion Animal Policies
- I want to start keeping my cat indoors. How do I adjust an outdoor cat to containment to my property?
- How can I reduce or prevent my cat from hunting prey?
- How do I litter-train my cat?
- My cat is very active at night and keeps waking me up, what should I do?
- Is it okay to keep my cat at home all of the time?
- How do I stop my cat from scratching the furniture?
- Why is my cat urinating inappropriately?
- Should I walk my cat on a lead?
- Are curfews for domestic cats mandatory?
- My cat is being aggressive towards my other cat, what should I do?
- My cat is being aggressive towards me, what should I do?
- What is Toxoplasmosis?
- What is animal hoarding and why is it harmful to animals?
- Why does the RSPCA advocate desexing cats before puberty?
- How can I keep my cat safe and happy at home?
Safe and Happy Cats
Whether you’ve just adopted a new cat or kitten, or are considering how best to care for your existing cat, the RSPCA Australia Guide on keeping your cat safe and happy at home can help.
The idea that all cats need to roam outdoors has changed; many owners now provide a safe and suitable environment for their cat at home all day, every day.
Keeping your cat safe and happy at home means providing for all their needs, including many that may previously have been met by being outdoors. Meeting these needs in other ways requires forward thinking and a little imagination and commitment. But you needn’t go it alone: we’re here to help explain how you and your cat can live at home together in harmony.
Click on the image below to visit the RSPCA Australia Safe and Happy Cats website for more information:
TassieCat - "Indoors is Better"
Million Cat Challenge: Cats, Birds, and Animal Shelters: Seeking Common Ground (Kate Hurley)
Links to other resources
- Subscribe to RSPCA Australia's Animal Welfare Science Update
- Subscribe to RSPCA Australia eNews
- International Cat Care - Cat Friendly Solutions for Unowned Cats
- Koret Shelter Medicine Program at UC Davis
- University of Wisconsin-Madison Shelter Medicine Program
- Million Cat Challenge
- Cat Management Plan for South Australia 2019.pdf
- Draft Cat Management Plan for ACT 2019.pdf
- Australian Cat Action Plan 2018.pdf
- Cat Management Plan for Tasmania 2017.pdf
- Operation Wanted (RSPCA QLD)
- National Desexing Network (NDN)
- Australian Institute of Animal Management
- Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife
- Community Cat Program - Australian Pet Welfare Foundation
- Invitation for Expressions of Interest: Keeping Cats Safe at Home
- Getting 2 Zero
- ASPCAPro Feline Spectrum Assessment
- ASPCAPro Meet Your Match Feline-ality® and Canine-ality® programs
- Boutilier RG (2014). Frequently asked questions about the social licence to operate. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 32(4), 263-272. doi:10.1080/14615517.2014.941141
- Dare M, Schirmer J, Vanclay F (2014). Community engagement and social licence to operate. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 32(3), 188-197. doi:10.1080/14615517.2014.927108
- Darimont CT, Hall H, Eckert L, Mihalik I, Artelle K, Treves A, Paquet PC (2020). Large carnivore hunting and the social license to hunt. Conservation Biology. doi:10.1111/cobi.13657
- Hall N, Lacey J, Carr-Cornish S, Dowd A-M (2015). Social licence to operate: understanding how a concept has been translated into practice in energy industries. Journal of Cleaner Production 86, 301-310. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.08.020
- Hampton JO, Jones B, McGreevy PD (2020). Social license and animal welfare: Developments from the past decade in Australia. Animals 10(12). doi:10.3390/ani10122237
- Hampton JO, Teh-White K (2019). Animal welfare, social license, and wildlife use industries. The Journal of Wildlife Management 83(1), 12-21. doi:10.1002/jwmg.21571
- McLeod LJ, Hine DW, Please PM, Driver AB (2015) Applying behavioral theories to invasive animal management: Towards an integrated framework. Journal of Environmental Management 161: 63-71.
- McLeod LJ, Hine DW, Bengsen AJ (2015) Born to roam? Surveying cat owners in Tasmania, Australia, to identify the drivers and barriers to cat containment. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 122 339–344.
- McLeod LJ, Hine DW, Bengsen AJ, Driver AB (2017) Assessing the impact of different persuasive messages on the intentions and behaviour of cat owners: A randomised control trial. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 146: 136–142.
- McLeod LJ, Driver AB, Bengsen AJ, Hine DW (2017) Refining online communication strategies for domestic cat management. Anthrozoös 30(4): 635-649,
- McLeod LJ, Hine DW, Driver AB (2019) Change the Humans First: Principles for improving the management of free-roaming cats. Animals 9: 555.
- McLeod LJ, Evans D, Jones B, Paterson M, Zito S (2020) Understanding the Relationship between Intention and Cat Containment Behaviour: A Case Study of Kitten and Cat Adopters from RSPCA Queensland. Animals 10(7): 1214.
- Vanclay F, Hanna P (2019). Conceptualizing company response to community protest: Principles to achieve a social license to operate. Land 8(6). doi:10.3390/land8060101
- Williams J, Martin PV (Eds.). (2011). Defending the social licence of farming: Issues, challenges and new directions for agriculture. Collingwood, VIC: CSIRO Publishing.
- Sarah Zito - introduction, cat population subcategories and humane effective cat managament.pdf
- Kate Hurley - Rethinking community cat management feline futures Australia 2021.pdf
- Sophie Riley - Legal classifications as social constructions on the place of cats in society.pdf
- Lynette McLeod - Understanding risk, trust, social capital and contested science in the context of domestic cat management.pdf. Note that references for this talk and Lynette's papers can be found in the other resources page.
- Jacquie Rand - Connecting positively with cat semi-owners.pdf
- Nell Thompson - Overview of Australian Local Government domestic cat management strategies.pdf
- Gabrielle Carter - Assessing the suitability of cats for rehoming.pdf
- Cindy Karsten - New model for cat management in shelters.pdf
- Rosemary Elliott - Characteristics of cat hoarders and ways forward for better management.pdf
- Lynette McLeod - Who let the cat out - overcoming barriers for cat containment.pdf
- Joy Verrinder - NDN Cooperative Desexing Program.pdf
- Ann Enright - Cat desexing programs - great partnerships achieving great outcomes.pdf
- Nikki Brookman- TassieCat- working with councils and the community to improve cat management and responsible cat ownership.pdf
Relevant published research articles from RSPCA authors
RSPCA authors in bold and where the article is free access, the link is provided.
Alberthsen C, Rand J, Bennett P, Paterson M, Lawrie M, Morton J (2013) Cat admissions to RSPCA shelters in Queensland, Australia: description of cats and risk factors for euthanasia after entry. Australian Veterinary Journal 91: 35-42.
Alberthsen C, Rand J, Morton J, Bennett P, Paterson M, Vankan D (2016) Numbers and Characteristics of Cats Admitted to Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Shelters in Australia and Reasons for Surrender. Animals 6(3): 23.
Beausoleil NJ, Mellor DJ, Baker L, Baker SE, Bellio M, Clarke AS, Dale A, Garlick S, Jones B, Harvey A, Pitcher9 BJ, Sherwen S, Stockin KA, Zito S (2018) “Feelings and Fitness” Not “Feelings or Fitness”–The Raison d'être of Conservation Welfare, Which Aligns Conservation and Animal Welfare Objectives.. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 5: 296.
Bruce SJ, Zito S, Gates MC, Aguilar G, Walker JK, Goldwater N, Dale A (2019) Predation and Risk Behaviors of Free-Roaming Owned Cats in Auckland, New Zealand via the Use of Animal-Borne Cameras. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 6:205.
Carter, J., Paterson MBA, Morton JM and Gelves-Gomez , F, (2020), Beliefs and Attitudes of Residents in Queensland, Australia, about Managing Dog and Cat Impacts on Native Wildlife, Animals 10: 1637.
Elliott R, Snowdon J, Halliday G, Hunt GE, Coleman S (2019) Characteristics of animal hoarding cases referred to the RSPCA in New South Wales, Australia. Australian Veterinary Journal 97(5): 149-156.
Hampton JO, Jones B, McGreevy PD (2020). Social license and animal welfare: Developments from the past decade in Australia. Animals 10(12).
Gates MC, Mancera K, Dale A, Zito S (2019) Preliminary analysis of post-adoption outcomes for kittens and adult cats rehomed through a New Zealand animal shelter. New Zealand Veterinary Journal 68(1):1-21.
Gates MC, Walker J, Zito S, Dale A (2019) A survey of opinions towards dog and cat management policy issues in New Zealand. New Zealand Veterinary Journal 67(315):1-20.
Kerr CA, Rand J, Morton JM, Reid R, Paterson M (2018) Changes Associated with Improved Outcomes for Cats Entering RSPCA Queensland Shelters from 2011 to 2016. Animals 8: 95.
Lancaster E, Rand J, Collecott S, Paterson M (2015) Problems Associated with the Microchip Data of Stray Dogs and Cats Entering RSPCA Queensland Shelters Animals 5(2):332-348.
Liu S, Paterson M, Camarri S, Murray L, Phillips CJC (2020) The effects of the frequency and method of gentling on the behavior of cats in shelters, Journal of Veterinary Behavior 39: 47-56,
McLeod LJ, Evans D, Jones B, Paterson M, Zito S (2020) Understanding the Relationship between Intention and Cat Containment Behaviour: A Case Study of Kitten and Cat Adopters from RSPCA Queensland. Animals 10(7): 1214..
Orr B, Jones B (2019) A Survey of Veterinarian Attitudes Toward Prepubertal Desexing of Dogs and Cats in the Australian Capital Territory. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 6: 272.
Paterson, MBA, O’Donoghue, M, Jamieson, P and Morton, JM, (2020) The Cat Desexing Policies and Activities of Private Veterinary Practices in Queensland, Animals, 10(5): 841.
Paterson, MBA, Jamieson, P (2021) Sterilizing Pregnant Companion Animals: Ethics and Law Journal of Applied Animal Ethics Research, (accepted).
Zito S, Vankan D, Bennett P ,Paterson M, Phillips CJC (2015) Cat Ownership Perception and Caretaking Explored in an Internet Survey of People Associated with Cats. PLoS ONE 10(7):e0133293.
Zito S, Paterson M, Vankan D, Morton J, Bennett P, Phillips C (2015) Determinants of Cat Choice and Outcomes for Adult Cats and Kittens Adopted from an Australian Animal Shelter. Animals 5(2):276-314.
Zito S, Morton J, Vankan D, Paterson M, Bennett PC, Rand J, Phillips CJC (2016) Reasons People Surrender Unowned and Owned Cats to Australian Animal Shelters and Barriers to Assuming Ownership of Unowned Cats. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 19(3):1-17.
Zito S, Morton J, Paterson M, Vankan D, Bennett PC, Rand J, Phillips CJC (2016) Cross-Sectional Study of Characteristics of Owners and Nonowners Surrendering Cats to Four Australian Animal Shelters. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 19(2):1-18.
Zito S, Aguilar G, Vigeant S, Dale A (2018) Assessment of a Targeted Trap-Neuter-Return Pilot Study in Auckland, New Zealand. Animals 8(5):73.
Zito S, Walker J, Gates MC, Dale A (2019) A Preliminary Description of Companion Cat, Managed Stray Cat, and Unmanaged Stray Cat Welfare in Auckland, New Zealand Using a 5-Component Assessment Scale. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 6:40.
Speakers - contact details, biographies and presentation abstracts
Ann Enright - email@example.com
Emily McLeod - EMcLeod@zoo.org.au
Cindy Karsten - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacquie Rand - email@example.com
Kate Hurley - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynette McLeod - email@example.com
Nell Thompson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Nikki Brookman - email@example.com
Rosemary Elliott - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Zito - email@example.com