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Risk factors for redemption of feline neutering vouchers issued by welfare organisations
  1. Rachel H Kinsman, BSc, MSc1,2,
  2. Tim J Gruffydd-Jones, BVetMed, PhD, MRCVS1,
  3. Jane Clements, RVN3 and
  4. Jane K Murray, BScEcon, MSc, PhD1
  1. 1School of Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  2. 2Royal Veterinary College - Hawkshead Campus, Hatfield, UK
  3. 3Cats Protection, National Cat Centre, Sussex, UK
  1. E-mail for correspondence; rkinsman{at}rvc.ac.uk

Abstract

Animal welfare organisations in the UK invest substantial resources to fund subsidised neutering vouchers to increase feline neutering rates. Little evidence exists to quantify factors influencing voucher redemption. This cross-sectional study assessed risk factors (including voucher value and expiry period) for redemption of neutering vouchers issued by staff of the feline welfare charity Cats Protection. Data were collected using telephone interview-administered questionnaires of cat owners who were issued a neutering voucher(s) and from Cats Protection voucher payment records. During the four-month study 2655 owners were issued 3935 vouchers. Multivariable logistic regression analysis revealed that owners of cats that had produced ≥1 litter before voucher request, owners eligible for a voucher due to receiving benefits and owners who rented their homes or lived with family were less likely to redeem vouchers than owners whose cats had not had a litter, were eligible for a voucher for other reasons and/or owners who owned their home, respectively.

  • cats
  • neutering
  • welfare organisations
  • neutering vouchers
  • accidental litters
  • cat population management
  • Received February 27, 2017.
  • Revision received July 4, 2017.
  • Accepted July 29, 2017.

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  • Received February 27, 2017.
  • Revision received July 4, 2017.
  • Accepted July 29, 2017.
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Footnotes

  • Competing interests RHK post was funded by Cats Protection. Cats Protection funds JKM post at the University of Bristol, and employs JC.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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