Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Paper Session #462
The Influence of Kitten Training and Socialization Classes on the Kitten-Human Bond
Monday, May 28, 2018
12:00 PM–12:20 PM
Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom D
Area: AAB
Instruction Level: Basic
Chair: Kristyn Vitale Shreve (Oregon State University)
The Influence of Kitten Training and Socialization Classes on the Kitten-Human Bond
Domain: Applied Research
KRISTYN VITALE SHREVE (Oregon State University), Monique Udell (Oregon State University )
Abstract: Despite the popularity of pet cats, relatively little scientific research has investigated how human interaction influences cat behavior. This study examined the influence of a training and socialization class on the kitten-human bond. Data was collected for 95 kittens aged 3-8 months at two time points. Both tests included a secure base test, allowing for categorization of kitten attachment style (secure or insecure) and a sociability test. Fifty kittens experienced a 6-week training and socialization class between testing sessions, 45 kittens served as controls. Preliminary results for 15 class and 15 control kittens do not indicate a significant difference in the number of individuals between groups classified as secure or insecure in either pre-test (p = 0.45) or post-test (p = 1). For sociability data, there was no significant difference in time spent near owner in the pre-test inattentive (p = 0.83) or attentive state (p = 0.58). The same was found in the post-testing (inattentive p = 0.88; attentive p = 0.19). Although preliminary data do not indicate training classes significantly influence kitten behavior, the full dataset may reveal other findings. Additionally, there may be other benefits to participation in classes, such as a change in owner perception.



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