Thank you for your interest in our exciting new study of kittens. This webpage is designed to tell you more about the ‘Bristol Cats’ study…..
To complete the first questionnaire (for one 8-16 week old kitten) electronically, please click here: (please note, the study is currently open to UK residents only)
If you would like to register two kittens (aged 8-16 weeks, UK residents only) from the same litter, then one questionnaire can be completed for both kittens by clicking here. (NB: Separate questionnaires will need to be completed for each cat at subsequent time points).
To request a paper version of the questionnaire (for one 8-16 week old kitten) please click here:
‘Bristol Cats’ will be the cat-equivalent of the ‘Children of the 90’s’ study that is run by colleagues at the University of Bristol. (The ‘Children of the 90’s’ study has collected information relating to children born in the Bristol region in the early 1990’s. The results of this study have identified ways to help prevent many important conditions, such as cot death).
Because we don’t know much about the causes of common behaviour patterns and diseases of cats.
Questionnaires that are completed by kitten owners will give us very valuable data. We can look to see to what extent certain characteristics (e.g. aggression towards people) or conditions (e.g. obesity) are associated with the cat’s management (e.g. diet, lifestyle) and other factors (e.g. breed).
The results from this study can be used to help improve the health and welfare of cats in the future, in the same way that the “children of the 90’s” study has helped our knowledge of childhood diseases.
Anyone aged 18 years or above who lives in the UK and owns a kitten aged between 8 and 16 weeks (inclusive).
We will ask you to complete a questionnaire when your cat is aged approximately:
If you give us permission, we will ask you to provide us with your veterinary practice’s details, so that we can collect additional information on your kitten from veterinary practice records (e.g. details on any vaccinations received)
We might ask you to send in samples from your cat (e.g. hair that can be collected when grooming).
If, for example, you are happy to complete questionnaires but do not want to provide any samples and/or give us details of your cat’s veterinary practice, this is fine - just let us know at the end of the questionnaire.
Participation in this study is voluntary and you have the right to withdraw from the study at any point.
Newsletters are produced approximately every 6 months to update owners of study cats about the progress of the study, e.g. how many cats we have recruited and preliminary results as they become available.
The study has been approved by the Ethics of Human Research Committee and by the Ethical review group of the Animal Services Unit, providing that any cases of suspected neglect of a pet will be reported to the appropriate veterinarian.
In order to link the different questionnaires you complete for your cat at different ages, and access veterinary records (if applicable), we ask you to supply your name and address. This information will not be used for any other purpose and will be held securely in line with the University of Bristol’s policy on data protection. The study results will refer to overall percentages and numbers of cats, and individual cats and their owners will not be identifiable in the results.
Completion, and electronic or postal return, of a questionnaire indicates that you give permission for your questionnaire responses to be stored and used in the study, as detailed above.
If you have any questions about the study, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the study team, using the contact details below.
Thank you very much for considering participation in this study which is the first of its kind in the UK. Information about your kitten and its life are very important to us and may help the cats of the future!
Bristol Cats, Dr Jane Murray
University of Bristol
Tel/text: 07827 981412