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Pålsson, Olivia, 2020. Interaktioner mellan människa och tamkatt (Felis silvestris catus). First cycle, G2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Animal Environment and Health (until 231231)



Throughout the history of mankind, our intertwined story with the domestic cat (Felis silvestris
catus) is a complex one. From being a tiny solitary hunter who lived among humans and their
unwanted debris, until today when the cat is one of the most popular pets in the world. Therefore,
the human-cat interactions are countless and can be positive or negative which of course can
engender varying effects for both humans and cats. Also, the environment in which the interactions
takes place seems to alter as well.
For this reason, this paper aimed to identify the different interactions between humans and cats,
in which environments the interactions occur and what factors are affecting them. Also, what
positive and negative effects can be seen among cats and humans were investigated. The
methodology that was used in this thesis was a literature review. The information was collected from
different articles, books and scientific studies from Primo (SLU-university library search engine),
Web of Science, PubMed, Scopus and Google Scholar.
The results indicate that the environments in which the positive and negative interactions occur
are many, from cat cafés to the home environment, and these environments seem to influence the
interactions. However, research processing the effects of the human-cat interactions is uncertain due
to both positive and negative results around health benefits, stress, social needs and support. Factors
affecting the interactions between cats and humans are for instance the experience of people, age
and gender. To conclude, more research is needed to gain a more complete and holistic
understanding of human-cat interactions and the factors affecting them.

Main title:Interaktioner mellan människa och tamkatt (Felis silvestris catus)
Authors:Pålsson, Olivia
Supervisor:Andersson, Maria and Hirsch, Elin
Examiner:Lindqvist, Christina
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2020
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:VK005 Ethology and Animal Welfare - Bachelor's Programme, 180.0hp
Supervising department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health (until 231231)
Keywords:människa-katt interaktion, Felis silvestris catus, miljö, effekter, faktorer, välfärd
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Animal husbandry
Animal ecology
Deposited On:14 Jul 2020 11:56
Metadata Last Modified:15 Jul 2020 01:01

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