The Domestic Cat: The Biology of its Behaviour by Dennis C. Turner, Patrick Bateson

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By Dennis C. Turner, Patrick Bateson

The main regularly saved family animal within the constructed international, the cat has been part of human lifestyles for hundreds of thousands of years. Cats were either worshipped and persecuted over this lengthy interval - both enjoyed or hated for his or her enigmatic self-reliance and the topic of various myths and fables. Highlighting startling discoveries revamped the final ten years, this re-creation gains contributions from specialists in quite a lot of fields, supplying authoritative debts of the behaviour of cats and the way they have interaction with humans. completely revised and up to date to incorporate info at the simple beneficial properties of cat improvement and social lifestyles, the historical past in their family members with people, future health and welfare difficulties, and the breeding of cats on the market and for express. it's meant for all these, no matter if professional or basic reader, who love or are easily intrigued by means of those interesting animals.

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The Domestic Cat: The Biology of its Behaviour

The main often saved family animal within the built global, the cat has been part of human existence for hundreds of thousands of years. Cats were either worshipped and persecuted over this lengthy interval - both enjoyed or hated for his or her enigmatic self-reliance and the topic of various myths and fables. Highlighting startling discoveries revamped the final ten years, this re-creation good points contributions from specialists in a variety of fields, offering authoritative debts of the behaviour of cats and the way they have interaction with humans.

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However, they showed a number of behavioural abnormalities and differences in brain development later in ontogeny. At 4 months, for example, they had more accidents during free play and performed poorly on several behavioural tests. Males showed more aggressive social play than controls, while females did less climbing and more random running (Smith & Jansen, 1977a). Comp. : 2 Date:24/7/13 Time:18:50:30 Page Number: 24 24 Title Name: Turner_&_Bateson From Kitten- to Adulthood Although gross undernourishment of the pregnant mother or of the kittens after birth leads to many abnormalities in the young, much more subtle effects which are almost certainly adaptive can be produced by relatively minor reduction in the nutritional state of the mother.

Furthermore, the benefits of play may be missed because a single experience of catching and eating a mouse can be enough to make a kitten a skilled mouse-killer thereafter. For all of these reasons, the role of play in behavioural development continues to generate much discussion (Bateson & Martin, 2013) Despite these indications that not all aspects of development are continuous, it is clear that many types of early experience can be related to what happens later in ontogeny. For instance, many measures of predatory behaviour at 1–3 months of age are positively correlated with the same measures taken at 6 months (Caro, 1979).

Further, this might occur more frequently when food resources are plentiful and clumped in space, allowing the relaxation of selection pressure on the individual mother to feed just her own offspring (see Chapter 5). Understanding deviations in normal maternal behaviour Maternal neglect Behaviours of mothers that create problems in the home or breeding colony fall between two extremes, ranging from ignoring the kittens and allowing them to die to killing and eating newborn kittens. One factor playing into the array of problems is the tendency of Comp.

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