The Domestic Cat: The Biology of Its Behaviour
Dennis C. Turner, Patrick Bateson, Paul Patrick Gordon Bateson
Cambridge University Press, Jun 8, 2000 - Pets - 244 pages
Humans have lived with cats for thousands of years, and there are now more cats kept in Western households than any other animal. Cherished as companions and valued as rodent catchers, their enigmatic behavior has intrigued and bewildered us for generations. While accepting the comforts of human homes, cats do seem to "walk by themselves." Although loved for their independence and self-reliance, myths and fables surround them, leaving them open to persecution and misunderstanding. Covering all types of cats from pampered pets to feral hunters, this completely revised new edition of The Domestic Cat shows how cats live and behave in a variety of circumstances and surroundings. With new chapters on welfare issues, and cat-cat communication, this volume penetrates the enigma that is Felis catus, sorting fact from fiction, and helping both the general reader and the specialist in animal behavior or veterinary science to understand cats as they really are.
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Cats and people 177
Behavioural development in the cat
Factors influencing the motherkitten relationship
origins development and stability
The signalling repertoire of the domestic cat and its undomesticated relatives
its sociobiology and epidemiology
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