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Welcome to the Cat Tracker Project and thank you for taking part!
You can complete this survey even if you do not have a cat.
The survey will help us to understand more about cats, their behaviors and personalities, and their relationships with their owners. If you own a cat, you may be especially interested in the results of the cat personality section (for your cat/s). You can request a copy of the results within the survey.
It should take about 25 minutes to complete, but will vary depending on cat ownership. Within the survey there are several options that can reduce the length. At the end of the survey you will be asked if you would like to be involved in the second part of the project, where cat owners can use a GPS unit to track the movements of their cats for one week. You need to own a cat that goes outdoors to participate in the cat tracking part of the project!
Response to this survey is voluntary.
By completing this questionnaire you are indicating your consent to participate in the survey part of this research project. Participants are free to withdraw from the research project at any stage without affecting their status now or in the future. Individual's responses will be kept confidential by the researchers (Dr. Roland Kays and Dr. Rob R. Dunn) unless required by law. Individuals will not be identified in the reporting of the research.
Incentives: There are no monetary incentives for completing this survey.
A report on the overall results of this research will be provided to participants (if requested in the survey) and reported to organizations interested in cat welfare and management – no individuals will be identified in these reports.
This is an internet-based survey. Every effort will be made to ensure that responses are confidential (e.g. we are using robust and secure survey software and storing data on secure servers); however, the researchers cannot guarantee the confidentiality or anonymity of material transferred by email or the internet. Data will be stored on servers in secure facilities at North Carolina State University. It will be stored for no less than 7 years. This length of time will allow for the analysis of the data and to respond to any queries about the outcomes of the project.
If you would like to contact the researcher, Dr. Roland Kays, please email the Cat Tracker Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please confirm that you are eligible to participate in the project:
I am 18 years old or older
I currently live within the United States
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