Peer-reviewed analysis finds significant relationship between neuter and household income
The peer-reviewed study, based on data collected for the national nonprofit organization Alley Cat Allies by Harris Interactive, Alley Cat Allies by Harris Interactive and analyzed by Alley Cat Allies using a rigorous statistical approach, is the first nationally representative study to thoroughly examine household income as it relates to the neuter status of pet cats.
"This study indicates that spaying and neutering is an accepted, established practice among the large majority of Americans with pet cats," said
The study found that family income was the strongest predictor of whether house cats are neutered. In households earning
"Up until now, there has been a lot of speculation that income is a barrier for neuter in lower-income families, but now we have a scientific study establishing that this is the case nationally," Robinson said.
"It is also critical to point out that household cats represent only part of the total U.S. cat population," said
"Previous research has shown there may be just as many stray and feral cats in the U.S. as pet cats, and most of these cats are intact and breeding. We need to enact smart policies and programs that expand the availability of low-cost, high-volume spay and neuter services, not only to serve lower-income pet owners, but to provide services for feral cats as well," Anderson said.
The study ("Population Characteristics and Neuter Status of Cats Living in Households in
Based on the nationally representative sample, the study concluded that there are approximately 82.4 million pet cats in
Additional information about the study, including a link to the article abstract and related images, can be found at www.alleycat.org/research.
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