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Social interaction, food, scent or toys? A formal assessment of domestic pet and shelter cat preferences.


Attachment bonds between domestic cats and humans.

•The effect of owner presence and scent on stress resilience in cats.

• The quality of being sociable: The influence of human attentional state, population, and human familiarity on domestic cat sociability.


The Social Lives of Free-Ranging Cats

The Influence of Food Distribution and Relatedness on the Social Behaviours and Proximities of Free-Roaming Cats


Cat Foster Program Outcomes: Behavior, Stress, and Cat–Human Interaction

Increasing shelter cat welfare through enrichment: A review

Kristyn Vitale, PhD, CAAB, is an educator and researcher focusing on cat social cognition, cat behavior, and human-cat interaction. Her research and expertise in cat behavior has been internationally featured in media outlets such as Science MagazineThe New York Times, National GeographicThe Washington Post, PBS, Scientific American, Time, and Wall Street Journal.

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