The Huron University College Journal of Learning and Motivation

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Environmental Enrichment: A Cat`s Preferences


Environment enrichment refers to objects in the immediate environment that help to reduce anxiety or stress, in this context, referring to shelter animals. The past literature used for this study is specifically about cats in shelters and how cats who had cardboard boxes as environment enrichment showed significantly less stress and anxiety levels than those who did not have any environment enrichment. This study focuses on preferences for environment enrichment objects for cats; it included a cardboard box in accordance with the past literature as well as a cat bed, a laundry basket and towels taken from the laundry. It was hypothesised that the towels would be the preferred enrichment, though the results showed that it was the cardboard box that was the most preferred environment enrichment, being chosen seven out of ten trials (70%).

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