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DO ARRIVAL TEMPERAMENT AND PERSONALITY OF RESCUED DOMESTIC CATS INFLUENCE THEIR TIME TO ADOPTION?    
Ingrid M. Kaatz, Carrie Etzen, Janine Paton. Friends of Felines, Inc, Stamford, CT, United States

Assessing cat behavior is important for socialization and successful adoption of rescue cats. Time to adoption can be useful information for management of donated rescue funds. Whether a cat is friendly, shy or aggressive towards humans on arrival may predict behavior outcome. Personalities assigned on the basis of extended observations could also have predictive value (#days written records per cat currently tabulated 8+10SD, 1-93, n=419). We tested time to adoption for kittens aged 3 month to one year and adults >1year.
            Preliminary analysis for temperament on arrival indicates shorter adoption times for friendliness (# days): people friendly 64+67SD (3-551) n=256; people shy 145+161SD (7-1,227) n=150; and people aggressive 264+213SD (2-928) n=65. The rescue personality that showed faster adoption time was the Tribble (# days): Tribble super people friendly 50+42 SD (3-224) n=128; Wildthing semi-feral behaviors 216+187SD (41-1,227) n=75; and Warrior aggressive towards people 271+211 (2-928) n=69.
            Other factors we would like to examine: sociality, health challenges, sex, breed, age on adoption day and other personality types.