Chapter 31. The Domestic Cat

  1. Robert Hubrecht and
  2. James Kirkwood
  1. Sandra McCune

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch31

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

McCune, S. (2010) The Domestic Cat, in The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition (eds R. Hubrecht and J. Kirkwood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch31

Editor Information

  1. UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN, UK

Author Information

  1. WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition, Freeby Lane, Waltham-on-the-Wolds, Melton Mowbray, Leics LE14 4RT, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175234

Online ISBN: 9781444318777

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Keywords:

  • domestic cat Felis silvestris catus - used in laboratories;
  • social organisation of free-ranging cats;
  • cats, intelligent, highly specialised mammals - with morphological adaptations and sensory abilities;
  • specific pathogen free (SPF) cats;
  • group housing - groupings, taking account of density recommendations;
  • enriched housing, providing opportunities for play, social contact and privacy;
  • microchip implants - secure, safe and permanent method for identifying individuals;
  • separate facilities - isolation of suspected infected cats and those in quarantine;
  • cats used for breeding - free from detectable abnormalities, have good temperament, and fastidiously clean;
  • Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV)

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biological overview

  • Sources of supply

  • Management and breeding

  • Laboratory procedures

  • Common welfare problems

  • References