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Measuring the Effect of Ecological Factors (Food Waste Volume Changing) on the Weight of Cats in Tehran / 2016-2020

Version 1 : Received: 29 June 2022 / Approved: 30 June 2022 / Online: 30 June 2022 (14:12:10 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 1 July 2022 / Approved: 4 July 2022 / Online: 4 July 2022 (10:57:51 CEST)

How to cite: Rahimi, F. Measuring the Effect of Ecological Factors (Food Waste Volume Changing) on the Weight of Cats in Tehran / 2016-2020. Preprints 2022, 2022060430 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202206.0430.v2). Rahimi, F. Measuring the Effect of Ecological Factors (Food Waste Volume Changing) on the Weight of Cats in Tehran / 2016-2020. Preprints 2022, 2022060430 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202206.0430.v2).

Abstract

Humans, willingly or unwillingly, affect the lives of urban cats. Waste production is only one of the human effects on the urban cat ecosystem. The human-generated food waste provides a large portion of urban cat's food, and economic fluctuations change the quality, and content of waste bins. In this descriptive-estimation study with field monitoring, we tried to measure the weight of cats to find out how much the change in the volume of municipal food waste affects their physical condition? The results of a study conducted in Tehran from spring 2016 to winter 2020 showed that the average volume of food waste collected in this city had decreased by 26.9%. The reduction of food waste volume affected the weight of cats and caused an average of 18.71% reduction in the average weight of cats during the study. The weight loss rate intensified from autumn 2017 – to winter 2018 onwards. Male cats lost 18.68%, and female cats 18.40% of their weight from early spring 2016 to late winter 2020.

Keywords

Cat; Weight; Food waste; Tehran

Subject

BIOLOGY, Animal Sciences & Zoology

Comments (1)

Comment 1
Received: 4 July 2022
Commenter: FARID RAHIMI
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: Author
Comment: The purpose of this study was to investigate and determine the degree of resilience of animals under specific conditions. In other words, understanding the effects of economic change in societies on cats has been the main goal of this study. According to the obtained results (in the text of the research) and its importance from a biological point of view, the original text along with other requirements and findings were provided to the group of editors. Due to the importance of the subject and for the research to be fruitful, only the resulting changes in the weight of cats have been published. Therefore, to shorten and summarize the text of the manuscript, the issue of demographic changes in cats was not addressed. Information on both topics (weight of cats + population of cats) was sent to the editors and the editor.
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