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Table 3 Importance of factors influencing the decision on vaccination of cats among cat owners, including univariate analysis p-values for association with the cat’s vaccination status

From: A survey of Italian cat owners’ attitudes towards cat vaccination through a web-based questionnaire

Factor Response optiona Total (%) No. (%) recently vaccinated (in the last 3 years) No. (%)
not recently vaccinated (over the last 3 years)
No. (%) unvaccinated P-value**
Cost Unimportant 1036 (86) 862 (89) 99 (77) 75 (69) < 0.001
Important 167 (14) 104 (11) 29 (23) 34 (31)  
Total 1203 966 128 109  
Possible side effects Unimportant 381 (32) 312 (33) 34 (27) 35 (35) 0.333
Important 798 (68) 639 (67) 93 (73) 66 (65)  
Total 1179 951 127 101  
Cat’s stress Unimportant 561 (48) 474 (50) 44 (35) 43 (48) 0.216
Important 605 (52) 464 (50) 82 (65) 59 (52)  
Total 1166 938 126 102  
Veterinarian’s advice Unimportant 158 (13) 120 (13) 17 (14) 21 (20) 0.225
Important 1021 (87) 830 (87) 108 (86) 83 (80)  
Total 1179 950 125 104  
Cat’s susceptibility to infectious diseases Unimportant 135 (12) 103 (11) 14 (11) 18 (18) 0.150
Important 1022 (88) 830 (89) 110 (89) 82 (82)  
Total 1157 933 124 100  
Infectious diseases’ level of risk Unimportant 96 (8) 76 (8) 9 (7) 11 (11) 0.594
Important 1065 (92) 860 (92) 115 (93) 90 (89)  
Total 1161 936 124 101  
Efficacy of vaccination Unimportant 127 (11) 92 (10) 16 (13) 19 (20) 0.220
Important 1032 (89) 844 (90) 110 (87) 78 (80)  
Total 1159 936 126 97  
Time to take the cat to the veterinary clinic Unimportant 1053 (91) 873 (9) 104 (82) 76 (77) < 0.001
Important 107 (9) 62 (7) 22 (18) 23 (23)  
Total 1160 935 126 99  
Cat’s lifestyle Unimportant 482 (41) 418 (44) 25 (20) 39 (38) < 0.001
Important 690 (59) 524 (56) 103 (80) 63 (62)  
Total 1172 942 128 102  
Cat’s age Unimportant 515 (44) 431 (46) 32 (25) 52 (50) 0.242
Important 655 (56) 508 (54) 95 (75) 52 (50)  
Total 1170 939 127 104  
Current cat’s disease/therapy Unimportant 212 (18) 158 (17) 21 (17) 33 (33) 0.355
Important 954 (82) 781 (83) 106 (83) 67 (67)  
Total 1166 939 127 100  
  1. ** significant results and tendency are reported in bold
  2. a The word “Unimportant” combines the answers “not important” and “not very important” - The word “Important” combines the answers “important” and “very important”