The Behaviour of the Domestic Cat

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CABI, 2012 - Cats - 261 pages
Describing feline behaviour from both a mechanistic and functional approach, this textbook provides an accessible overview of this fascinating subject. The book begins by addressing physiological, developmental and psychological aspects, with chapters on domestication, the development of the senses, learning, communication and feeding behaviour. The authors then build on this foundation to discuss social behaviour, hunting and predation, cat-human interactions and welfare. Fully updated throughout, this new edition also includes two new chapters on behavioural disorders due to pathologies and.
 

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Contents

Domestication and Biology
1
2 Sensory Abilities
16
3 Mechanisms of Behaviour
41
4 Behavioural Development
63
5 Communication
91
6 Feeding Behaviour
113
7 Hunting and Predation
128
8 Social Behaviour
142
9 The CatHuman Relationship
161
10 Cat Welfare
175
11 Undesired Behaviour in the Domestic Cat
190
12 Physiological and Pathological Causes of Behavioural Change
206
References
217
Index
239
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