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Table 4 Responses to seven Likert scale questions asking respondents to rank indices of cat wellness, with comparison between cats fed different diets

From: A cross-sectional study of owner-reported health in Canadian and American cats fed meat- and plant-based diets

Wellness Indicator   Total MB PB+MB/H PB
n = 1025 % n = 665 % n = 138 % n = 117 %
Frequency of vomiting Not at all 629 61 395 59 100 72 76 65
A little 369 36 256 39 37 27 38 32
Quite a bit 24 2.3 14 2.1 1 0.7 3 2.6
Frequency of inactivity Not at all 783 76 492 74 115 83 103 88
A little 208 20 147 22 19 14 13 11
Quite a bit 34 3.3 28 4.2 4 2.9 1 0.9
Happy appearance Not at all 3 0.3 1 0.2 0 0 1 0.9
A little 31 3.0 23 3.5 1 0.7 3 2.6
A moderate amount 316 31 206 31 39 28 34 29
A great deal 675 66 437 66 98 71 79 68
Distress vocalization Not at all 826 81 530 80 112 82 99 85
A little 174 17 119 18 22 16 17 15
A moderate amount 19 1.9 14 2.1 2 1.5 1 0.9
A great deal 4 0.4 3 0.5 1 0.7 0 0
Demonstration of affection Not at all 7 0.7 6 0.9 0 0 0 0
A little 54 5.3 26 3.9 6 4.4 8 6.8
A moderate amount 309 30 217 33 38 28 24 21
A great deal 654 64 417 63 94 68 85 73
Contact avoidance Not at all 735 72 762 70 114 82 92 79
A little 236 23 170 26 18 13 23 20
A moderate amount 43 4.2 28 4.2 5 3.6 1 0.9
A great deal 7 0.7 4 0.6 1 0.7 1 0.9
Curious behaviour Not at all 10 1.0 8 1.2 2 1.5 0 0
A little 94 9.2 64 9.6 8 5.9 7 6.0
A moderate amount 417 41 268 40 58 42 52 44
A great deal 502 49 326 49 69 50 58 50
  1. MB meat-based, PB plant-based, PB+MB/H plant-based with animal-derived treats/snacks/supplements and/or ability to hunt