An international online questionnaire Pets in Lockdown was conducted during the first COVID-19 lockdown during the months of April and May 2020 to assess how pet owners perceived some aspects of their relationship with their pets, including time spent together and how much they enjoyed it, difficulties taking care of their pets, the amount of comfort they obtained from interacting with their pets, and whether they had observed any changes in their pets’ resting time and behavior. Most pet owners did not describe any changes in the relationship with their pets or in their pets’ behaviour. Horse owners expressed more difficulties taking care of their animals than owners of other species. Approximately 20% of the animals had less time available to rest undisturbed. Of the animals that displayed behavioral changes, remaining closer to the owner was the most frequently described change followed by descriptions of higher arousal and increased negative affective states.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Veterinary Behavior-Clinical Applications and Research|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2022|
- Companion Animals
- Human-Animal Relationship