Interpretation of ambiguous spatial stimuli in cats

G. Tami, C. Torre, M. Compagnucci, X. Manteca

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The aim of this paper was to develop a protocol to study the interpretation of ambiguous stimuli in cats as a measure of welfare. Ten cats were trained to discriminate between a rewarded position (R) and an unrewarded one (U), as measured by the approach latency for each position. After discrimination, they were exposed to three ambiguous unrewarded positions (R-near, R/U-equidistant, U-near) distributed at intermediate points between R and U. Approach latency increased as increasing the distance from the rewarded position: latencies to approach R and R-near were significantly shorter than for R/U-equidistant, U-near and U. This protocol should be further studied to assess its effectiveness in highlighting differences according to the welfare level of individual cats. © 2011 Universities Federation for Animal Welfare.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-189
JournalAnimal Welfare
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2011


  • Animal welfare
  • Cat
  • Cat cognition
  • Cognitive bias
  • Interpretation of ambiguous stimuli
  • Spatial location


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