Abstract

Due to the frequent abandonment of domestic cats and their proliferation in the wild, more and more stray cats, or feral cats, have been born in the city. These cats have a high mortality rate, kill birds, make noise, and have an impact on the human habitat. This study explores the pain points of harmonious coexistence between humans and stray cats and proposes a design intervention for some of these problems. The goal is for each community to address the problem of stray cats in that community from within, including issues such as securing the survival of stray cats and controlling the number of stray cats. The design process of the project considers potential strategies for people to care for stray animals, so that more people can understand the knowledge related to the protection and feeding of stray cats, thus allowing people in the community to jointly participate in the feeding and care of stray cats to form a circle of support for these animals. The resulting products and systems and services for stray cats also serve the residents in the community. Among them, the shelter has the functions of housing, feeding, trapping and isolation, and also provides adoption for cat lovers and popularized the knowledge of stray animals for residents.

Publication Date

5-2-2022

Document Type

Thesis

Student Type

Graduate

Degree Name

Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)

Advisor

Lorraine Justice

Advisor/Committee Member

Alex Lobos

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

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