Our cookies

We use cookies, which are small text files, to improve your experience on our website.
You can allow or reject non essential cookies or manage them individually.

Reject allAllow all

More options  •  Cookie policy

Our cookies

Allow all

We use cookies, which are small text files, to improve your experience on our website. You can allow all or manage them individually.

You can find out more on our cookie page at any time.

EssentialThese cookies are needed for essential functions such as logging in and making payments. Standard cookies can’t be switched off and they don’t store any of your information.
AnalyticsThese cookies help us collect information such as how many people are using our site or which pages are popular to help us improve customer experience. Switching off these cookies will reduce our ability to gather information to improve the experience.
FunctionalThese cookies are related to features that make your experience better. They enable basic functions such as social media sharing. Switching off these cookies will mean that areas of our website can’t work properly.

Save preferences

pigs faceStress in domestic cats: a multidisciplinary approach evaluating hair cortisol associated with coat color, body temperature, temperament, and cat-guardian bond


Year: 2023

Florencia Barrios
University of the Republic, Uraguay

Supervisor(s): Professor Juan Pablo Damián, University of the Republic, Uraguay & Professor Monique Udell, Oregon State University, USA



The response to stress is of great importance to evaluate the well-being and health of animals, with chronic stress being the one that has the greatest impact and negative repercussions. The measurement of cortisol in hair is one of the most used indicators of chronic stress in various species, highlighting that it is a non-invasive and easy-to-perform technique. Despite its advantages, to date the basic aspects of cortisol in cat hair linked to aspects such as coat colour, season of the year and individual characteristics such as personality and behaviour have not been studied.

The present work aims to determine if the levels of cortisol in the hair of this species vary with demographic, behavioural and psychosocial characteristics. For this, 40 crossbred cats was used, 20 black cats and 20 white cats in groups of equal numbers of neutered and unneutered cats, and whether or not they lived with other cats. Hair samples were collected in each annual season and the tests Feline Behavioural Assessment & Research Questionnaire (Fe-BARQ) (Behaviour and temperament), Felineality (Personality, but in cats) Assessment, Attachment style (Cat-guardian attachment), Lexington test (Guardian-cat attachment) and the Sociability Test (Sociability) carried out.

By generating a behavioural, demographic and psychosocial profile of the cat, we will seek to compare the results of these with the levels of cortisol found in the hair samples to learn more about the stress response in this species and how to work on tools that Promote your well-being based on this.