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dc.contributor.authorBruce, Stephanie Jean
dc.contributor.authorZito, S.
dc.contributor.authorGates, M.C.
dc.contributor.authorAguilar, Glenn
dc.contributor.authorWalker, Jessica
dc.contributor.authorDale, Arnja
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-07T23:37:17Z
dc.date.available2019-10-07T23:37:17Z
dc.date.issued2019-07-02
dc.identifier.issn2297-1769
dc.identifier.issn2297-1769
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10652/4726
dc.description.abstractFree-roaming cats are at increased risk of injuring themselves as well as other domestic and fauna species, yet relatively little is known about the frequency at which risk and predation behaviors occur in a typical day. In this study, cat risk, and predation behavioral information was collected using animal-borne video cameras and global positioning system (GPS) units that were attached to break-free cat collars. The observation period was one to three consecutive days for 37 convenience sampled free-roaming owned cats in Auckland, New Zealand. Video footage was manually reviewed and all predation and risk behavior events were recorded. These included stalking, pursuing, and seizing prey as well as altercations with other cats, ingesting harmful substances, and venturing into hazardous locations such as roads and storm drains. During the observation period, 23 of the 37 cats (62.2%) engaged in a total of 121 predation events. Of these, 40 resulted in successful prey capture with 18 of the 40 captures involving New Zealand native fauna species. Invertebrates were the most common taxa preyed upon (n = 55; 46%), followed by skinks (n = 8; 7%). No mammalian, avian or amphibian prey were captured and no cat took prey back to their residence. A total of 326 risk behaviors were observed for 32 out of the 37 cats (86.5%) with the most common being cats venturing onto the road (n = 132; 41%). Younger cats (aged 1–6 six years) engaged in significantly more predation and risk behaviors than older cats (aged 7 years and above). Sex, breed, number of cats in a household, and geographic location were not found to be predictors of cats’ participation in predation or risk behaviors. Given the high frequency of predation and risk behaviors in free-roaming owned cats, it may be beneficial to educate owners about strategies to minimize risk such as housing them indoors, containing them to their properties or monitoring their time spent outdoors.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherFrontiers Mediaen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttps://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2019.00205/fullen_NZ
dc.rightsOpen Accessen_NZ
dc.subjectAuckland (N.Z.)en_NZ
dc.subjectdomestic cats (Felis catus)en_NZ
dc.subjectcompanion catsen_NZ
dc.subjectcats (Felis catus)en_NZ
dc.subjectowned caten_NZ
dc.subjectfree-roaming caten_NZ
dc.subjectrisk behaviouren_NZ
dc.subjectcat behaviouren_NZ
dc.subjectnative faunaen_NZ
dc.subjectwelfareen_NZ
dc.subjectwildlife protectionen_NZ
dc.subjectcat managementen_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.titlePredation and risk behaviors of free-roaming owned cats in Auckland, New Zealand via the use of animal-borne camerasen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.date.updated2019-09-23T20:46:50Z
dc.rights.holderAuthorsen_NZ
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2019.00205en_NZ
dc.subject.marsden060801 Animal Behaviouren_NZ
dc.subject.marsden050202 Conservation and Biodiversityen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden050211 Wildlife and Habitat Managementen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationBruce, S.J., Zito, S., Gates, M.C., Aguilar, G., Walker, J.K., & 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), 1-12. doi:10.3389/fvets.2019.00205en_NZ
unitec.publication.spage1en_NZ
unitec.publication.lpage12en_NZ
unitec.publication.volume6en_NZ
unitec.publication.issueArticle 205en_NZ
unitec.publication.titleFrontiers in Veterinary Scienceen_NZ
unitec.peerreviewedyesen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationRoyal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Animal Crueltyen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationMassey Universityen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationNew Zealand Companion Animal Councilen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationWildland Consultants Ltd.en_NZ
unitec.identifier.roms64328en_NZ
unitec.publication.placeLausanne, Switzerlanden_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaNatural Sciences


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