Effect of Cage Enrichment and Predictability on Health Outcomes in Shelter Cats

The objectives of this study are to test the ability of improved observations and use of a biomarker to predict health outcomes, to determine if changes in the cage environment reduce stress, and to create a training program to help shelter workers become experts in observing and working with cats to reduce stress. The overriding goal of this project is to improve the lives of both cats and the shelter personnel who care for them.