IF I FITS I SITS

A CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT

What is it about boxes that make cats what to sit in them?  Cats' elusive attraction to enclosed spaces proves an excellent tool to study their perception of visual illusions. This study is no longer recruiting participants. Thank you to everyone who participated!

This study aims to explore scientific questions about whether cats recognize visual illusions by evaluating their natural behavior to sit in boxes and enclosed spaces. This project asks to present your cat with paper stimuli taped to the floor for 5 minutes once a day for 6 days. Participation can be incorporated into your average day with your cat.

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PARTICIPATE!

This study is no longer recruiting participants. Thank you to everyone who participated!

 

CONTACT US!

Have questions? E-mail us at catillusions2020@gmail.com

ETHICS

This study has been approved by CUNY Hunter College Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

(DR-Cats-1 5/23).

 

COLLABORATORS

Gabriella Smith, MA - Animal Behavior and Conservation Program, Hunter College (CUNY)

Philippe Chouinard, PhD - La Trobe University
 

Sarah-Elizabeth Byosiere, PhD - Thinking Dog Center, Hunter College (CUNY)

 
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