Babies, Bathwater and What I Meant to Say

Thursday, March 21 2013

I recently wrote a blog that suggested that while we should focus o...

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What Is in a Yawn?

Thursday, March 7 2013

When I was in grad school and teaching the always-memorable Introduction to Psychology class, I always got such a kick out of the day we taught about yawning. I would have a shill in the room who would count yawns, and I would start the class by stretching and yawning. Then I’d put up a slide of 3 people standing together – 1 yawning. It did not take long for the class to start a concert of yaw...

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So You Think You Know What a Socialized Cat Is?

Tuesday, March 5 2013

Guest blogger Dr. Margaret Slater is back with an update on the ASPCA’s “Is This Cat Feral?” project, which aims to determine how to separate cats who are frightened but socialized from cats who are unsocialized to humans when in a shelter setting.

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He Loves To Have His Belly Rubbed…

Thursday, January 31 2013

Playful, fun, loves to play, loves children, fetches, sweet, cuddles, hugs, funny, lap dog, great dog… These are descriptors we often hear our satisfied pet parents use when talking about their pets. But… Is this how those relinquishing their pets talk? Recent research at the ASPCA has found that yes – it is.


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Syndrome? Myth? Fact?

Thursday, January 24 2013

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog highlighting some research that was conducted around the notion of...

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Cats Don’t Do What They Are Supposed To!

Thursday, December 20 2012

Dr. Margaret Slater checks back in with Shelters' Edge to talk about the ASPCA's latest research regarding feral cats. The sentiment expressed in the title of this post is probably not a big surprise, but when you are studying cats' behavior, it really makes life harder!

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ASPCA Research Update: Is This Cat Feral?

Friday, November 23 2012

Dr. Margaret Slater checks in with Shelters’ Edge to talk about the ASPCA’s latest research regarding feral cats. How DO we develop a way to tell if a cat is feral or not in a shelter? ...

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Counting Cats

Thursday, October 18 2012

We are in the middle of a study looking at the impact of TNR in areas of high stray-cat intake. Our goal is to measure the change in free-roaming cat populations after intensive trapping. The work is really pretty nifty – we have teamed up with some folks at the Lincoln Park Zoo who regularly count wildlife to help us...

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Labels Matter…

Thursday, September 27 2012

I have written before about the data category used by many shelters that is labeled “Owner Request Euthanasia.” This data category is tricky to use on a national l...

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