Following on from last year’s survey, I am now taking a closer look into how cats adapt their behaviour following amputation. I have set up a short questionnaire at http://www.feline-amputee.co.uk/survey/ and would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to look at the questionnaire, and complete one if your cat is suitable. The questionnaire should not take more than ten to fifteen minutes to complete. As always, any information you provide will not identify you or your cat and will be treated in confidence.
If you completed a previous questionnaire, some of these questions may appear similar, but I would be grateful if you'd consider completing this new questionnaire as well. You do not need to have completed the previous questionnaire in order to complete this one.
This new survey is specifically intended for cats that fit the following criteria:
- Are at least 3 months old
- Had their limb amputated at least 2 months ago OR was born with the leg missing
- Has had a single leg removed (or missing)
- If front leg, the leg must have been removed at the level of the elbow joint or higher
- If back leg, the leg must have been removed at the level of the knee/stifle joint or higher
If your cat has had its tail amputated as well as a leg, it is still suitable. If your cat has passed away, please only complete the questionnaire if he/she passed away within the last 12 months, and if this is the case please let me know in the Any Other Comments box at the end of the questionnaire.
Printed copies of the questionnaire can be provided on request, and if you have any other questions or queries also please contact me. In addition, although I am focussing on leg amputees with this survey, I continue to welcome any input, advice or questions from all owners of feline amputees, including tail amputees. I can be contacted by email at email@example.com (the first letter is a lowercase L), or by phone on 01707 667044 or by post at Lyn Forster, Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Herts AL9 7TA.
Please visit http://www.feline-amputee.co.uk/survey/ to complete the questionnaire. Thank you very much for your continued support!
All of the information questionnaire respondents provide will be kept anonymous and treated confidentially.