Fearful to Friendly (F2F): a Constructional Fear Treatment for Domestic Cats Using a Negative Reinforcement Shaping Procedure in a Home Setting

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Feral and fearful cats and kittens in animal shelters are not likely to be adopted as companion animals because they emit fearful or aggressive behaviors in the presence of humans. The purpose of the fearful to friendly (F2F) research was to investigate a shaping procedure to increase friendly behaviors of feral and fearful domestic cats and kittens with the goal of achieving animal shelters’ adoptability criteria. The results showed the F2F procedure was a safe and very effective procedure to quickly tame feral kittens deemed unadoptable. The day after implementing F2F, three out of four kittens approached me and accepted petting and holding without any additional training.

Creator(s): Rentfro, Angela Drake
Creation Date: August 2012
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UNT Theses and Dissertations
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Publisher Name: University of North Texas
Publisher Info: www.unt.edu
Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
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  • Creation: August 2012
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Feral and fearful cats and kittens in animal shelters are not likely to be adopted as companion animals because they emit fearful or aggressive behaviors in the presence of humans. The purpose of the fearful to friendly (F2F) research was to investigate a shaping procedure to increase friendly behaviors of feral and fearful domestic cats and kittens with the goal of achieving animal shelters’ adoptability criteria. The results showed the F2F procedure was a safe and very effective procedure to quickly tame feral kittens deemed unadoptable. The day after implementing F2F, three out of four kittens approached me and accepted petting and holding without any additional training.

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Discipline: Behavior Analysis
Level: Master's
PublicationType: Thesi
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Keyword(s): Feral cats | fearful cats | cat socialization | cat taming | shaping | negative reinforcement | fear treatment | constructional | errorless learning | cat training
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UNT Libraries
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UNT Theses and Dissertations
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  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc149657
Resource Type: Thesis or Dissertation
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Access: Public
Holder: Rentfro, Angela Drake
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