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Below, please find links to all of the clinical trials involving behavior. The studies include a multitude of information, including (but not limited to) the study’s purpose, benefits for participating, and financial incentive information. If you have any questions, please contact the individual outlined at the end of each trial summary.

Please visit the Behavior service webpage at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) if you would like to learn more about the amazing things that our veterinarians can do for you and your animal.


NEW! Healthy Cats: How Do Healthy Cats Eat?

Title: Foraging Behavior Under Threat and Enrichment in Confined Cats

Purpose of Study: The purpose of this study is to evaluate feeding behaviors and activity levels of cats under different household conditions.

Contact: Dr. Mikel Delgado, Dr. Tony Buffington or Dr. Melissa Bain at

Participation Requirements: Households with one or two cats who live indoors only, or who only go outdoors with supervision

Initial Evaluation for Participation: Your cat needs to:

  • Be between 1 and 10 years of age
  • Have been seen by a veterinarian in the last year
  • Not currently be under any medical treatment


  • We will review your cat’s current diet, environment, general health, and behavior, and then loan you a camera and other equipment to measure your cat’s activity and feeding behavior during the study.
  • You will introduce one or two enrichment item(s) to your cat(s) in the middle of the study. We will provide the enrichment item(s).
  • We will meet with you to pick up the loaned equipment and ask you to complete a short questionnaire to share your opinions about the study at the time of completion.
  • You will be asked to complete questionnaires/forms about your cat’s behavior.

Benefits: You will be provided with one or two enrichment items for your cat, which you may keep.

Participation may result in an improved quality of life for your cat due to environmental enrichment recommendations, which may reduce boredom and negative behaviors, and an increase in your cat’s general health and welfare.

Owner Responsibilities: From start to finish, your cat will be in this study for approximately one month. If you wish to have your cat in this study, you will be responsible for setting up equipment, maintaining records at home, and returning all applicable materials provided to you.

If you agree, we will ask you to participate in a second, one-week study approximately six months after the initial study.

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