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Table 4 Owner-veterinarian relationship and veterinary recommendations, 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

Question Response optiona Total (%) No. (%) recently vaccinated (in the last 3 years) No. (%)
not recently vaccinated (over the last 3 years)
No. (%) unvaccinated P-value**
Revaccination recommendation by the veterinarian Every year 728 (59) 650 (65) 43 (33) 35 (31) < 0.001
Every two/three years 321 (26) 280 (28) 34 (26) 7 (6)  
More than three years 20 (1) 8 (1) 8 (6) 2 (2)  
Unknown 171 (14) 57 (6) 46 (35) 68 (61)  
Total 1240 995 131 112  
Main factors for not making an appointment with the veterinarian Cost 12 (1) 6 (1) 3 (2) 3 (3) 0.207
The cat has never had health problems 60 (5) 31 (3) 19 (14) 10 (9)  
Finding and catching the cat/cat’s stress 9 (1) 1 (0) 5 (4) 3 (3)  
Distance to clinic and transport, waiting time, opening hours 91 (7) 58 (6) 16 (12) 17 (16)  
None (I go to the veterinarian) 1041 (86) 877 (90) 89 (68) 75 (69)  
Total 1213 973 132 108  
Value of source of information about vaccination Internet Useless 334 (32) 269 (29) 37 (29) 28 (26) 0.804
  Useful 712 (68) 545 (67) 89 (71) 78 (74)  
Total 1046 814 126 106  
Books Useless 154 (14) 119 (13) 17 (14) 18 (18) 0.887
Useful 960 (86) 775 (87) 104 (86) 81 (82)  
Total 1114 894 121 99  
Relatives/friends Useless 654 (60) 525 (60) 75 (64) 54 (54) 0.621
Useful 441 (40) 351 (40) 43 (36) 47 (46)  
Total 1095 876 118 101  
Breeder Useless 431 (40) 338 (39) 61 (51) 32 (32) 0.664
Useful 658 (60) 533 (61) 58 (49) 67 (68)  
Total 1089 871 119 99  
Veterinarian Useless 33 (3) 24 (2) 5 (4) 4 (4) 0.337
Useful 1203 (97) 959 (98) 125 (96) 110 (96)  
Total 1236 983 130 114  
Pet shop Useless 677 (63) 555 (65) 80 (68) 42 (41) 0.679
Useful 404 (37) 306 (35) 38 (32) 60 (59)  
Total 1081 861 118 102  
Animal shelter/charity Useless 301 (27) 228 (26) 44 (39) 29 (28) 0.421
Useful 799 (73) 656 (74) 68 (61) 75 (72)  
Total 1100 884 112 104  
Family doctor Useless 837 (78) 668 (78) 100 (86) 69 (68) 0.203
Useful 238 (22) 190 (22) 16 (14) 32 (32)  
Total 1075 858 116 101  
Pharmacist Useless 765 (71) 617 (72) 89 (76) 59 (58) 0.427
Useful 312 (29) 242 (28) 28 (24) 42 (42)  
Total 1077 859 117 101  
Duration of Immunity (DOI) test knowledge Yes 472 (38) 385 (39) 57 (43) 30 (26) 0.010
No 770 (62) 608 (61) 76 (57) 86 (74)  
Total 1242 993 133 116  
Possible use of DOI test Yes 1031 (84) 840 (85) 108 (81) 83 (84) 0.004
No 202 (16) 146 (15) 25 (19) 31 (16)  
Total 1233 986 133 114  
  1. ** Significant results and tendency are reported in bold
  2. a The word “Useful” combines the answers “useful” and “very useful”