Journal article

Companion Animals in Thailand Human Factors that Predict Sterilization of Cats and Dogs

Samia R Toukhsati, Clive JC Phillips, Anthony L Podberscek, Grahame J Coleman

Society and Animals | BRILL ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS | Published : 2015


The prevalence of companion animal caregiving was estimated, and demographic and psychosocial factors that predict sterilization behaviors in caregivers in Thailand were identified. Thai nationals ( n= 494) were recruited by random for the Culture and Human-Animal Interactions ( chai) telephone survey. The results showed 74% of respondents had a cat and/or a dog (60% dogs, 23% cats); 22% of dogs and 19% of cats were sterilized. Logistic Regression analyses revealed positive attitudes toward desexing, and the perception that important others would endorse this practice best predicted sterilization practices. For caregivers with unsterilized companions, Hierarchical Multiple Regression analyse..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the School of Psychology & Psychiatry, Monash University, for funding this research; Khun Busaba Tananukul and Khun Chutima Phawangkarat from Foresight Research Co., Ltd., for their exceptional research assistance; and the many volunteers who graciously offered their time and assistance in the development and completion of this project.