Cat Petting Research Study

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- Cat Responses to Petting
- You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Dr. Lee Niel and Kristina O’Hanley (PhD Candidate) from the Department of Population Medicine - Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph.
- The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has provided funding for this project.
- STUDY DESCRIPTION Owner interactions with their cats routinely involve petting. Cats often show different responses to petting, and we hope to further investigate these responses.
- REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION Participants must be a primary caregiver for at least one cat (e.g., routine financial and care responsibilities). Participants must own a cat that is 1 year of age or older at the time of assessment. Participants must be 18 years of age and older.
- PROCEDURES You will be asked to complete a weekly check-in survey for four weeks. You will be asked to take a video recording of one petting session between you and your cat at the beginning of the study and at the end of the four weeks. At the end of the four-weeks, you will complete a final survey and your participation is then complete.
- In appreciation for your time, eligible participants that are selected and complete our study will be rewarded with one $25 (CAD) gift card.

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