A recent study by Dr. Linda Lord, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, showed that almost three out of four cats wore collars consistently during the six-month trial, suggesting that most cats will tolerate a collar even if their owners are skeptical about its success.
"The big message is that people really need to think about identifying their cats," said Dr. Lord. "Cats will tolerate wearing a collar, and this could be a new paradigm shift in thinking."
The Ohio State University research in veterinary preventive medicine suggests that, armed with this data, veterinarians should include a discussion about the importance of identification during annual wellness exams of pet cats.
The story was published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and has now been featured in several media outlets including the New York Times and USA Today. To view the different stories, click on the links below.
New York Times: Helping Cats to Make Their Way Back Home
USA Today: Worth a try? Cat researcher says Fluffy will wear a collar
JAVMA: 3 out of 4 cats have no qualms wearing a collar, despite owners' fears
Ohio State: Study: 3 out of 4 Cats Will Wear a Collar, Making it Worth a Try
About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State
Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.