Study

Managing repetitive locomotor behaviour and time spent off exhibit in a male black-footed cat (Felis nigripes) through exhibit and husbandry modifications

  • Published source details Leeds A., Stone D., Johnson B., Less E., Schoffner T., Dennis P., Lukas K. & Wark J. (2016) Managing repetitive locomotor behaviour and time spent off exhibit in a male black-footed cat (Felis nigripes) through exhibit and husbandry modifications. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, 4, 109

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Action Category

Carnivores: Provide food on a random temporal schedule

Action Link
Management of Captive Animals
  1. Carnivores: Provide food on a random temporal schedule

    A before-and-after study in 2013 of a black-footed cat Felis nigripes in a zoo in the USA [7] found that when feeding schedule was unpredictable, alertness increased compared to the baseline of no enrichment. Alertness increased (24%) compared to a baseline of no enrichment (16%). Additionally, locomotion (48%) and investigatory (4%) behaviours increased and alertness decreased (24%) compared to when diet was changed from dry and wet commercial cat food and mice to a low starch diet (locomotion: 28%; investigating: 1%; alertness: 44%). Instantaneous focal sampling was used every 30-seconds during 20-minute periods to record behavior of an individually housed cat. Data was collected at least once per week over 10 months. Four treatments included: 1) baseline, 2) random feeding times twice daily, 3) increased exhibit complexity, 4) changed diet to completely wet food (lower starch).

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