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Behavioural Responses of Urban Feral Cats To Different Types of Urine Marks

Behavioural Responses of Urban Feral Cats To Different Types of Urine Marks BEHAVIOURAL RESPONSES OF URBAN FERAL CATS TO DIFFERENT TYPES OF URINE MARKS by EUGENIA NATOLI (Dipartimento di Biologia Animale, Università di Catania, Via Androne 81, 95124 Catania, Italy) (With 2 Figures) (Acc. 6-XII-1984) Introduction The function of marking behaviour has long attracted the attention of ethologists. Many authors focused their interest on marking behaviour by means of sprayed urine in male domestic cats (Felis catus, L.) (CORBETT, 1979; DE BOER, 1977; DE BOER & VERBERNE, 1981; LEY- HAUSEN, 1971, 1979; LEYHAUSEN & WOLFF, 1959). Since domestic cats show a large intraspecific variation in spatial organization that ranges from living in groups at high density (DARDS, 1978, 1983) to living essen- tially solitarily at low density (e.g. JONES, 1977) (with many intermediate variations, see for example HUBBS, 1951; MACDONALD & Apps, 1978; LIBERG, 1980) it has been suggested by various authors that scent mark- ing may have different functions, depending on the situation. When cats are living as solitarily territorial animals (LEYHAUSEN, 1971; LEYHAUSEN & WOLFF, 1959; DE BOER, 1977), it is suggested that a urine mark sprayed by a conspecific provides information about the presence of a strange cat in their territory and also about the time of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Behaviour Brill

Behavioural Responses of Urban Feral Cats To Different Types of Urine Marks

Behaviour , Volume 94 (3-4): 234 – Jan 1, 1985

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© 1985 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0005-7959
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1568-539X
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10.1163/156853985X00208
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BEHAVIOURAL RESPONSES OF URBAN FERAL CATS TO DIFFERENT TYPES OF URINE MARKS by EUGENIA NATOLI (Dipartimento di Biologia Animale, Università di Catania, Via Androne 81, 95124 Catania, Italy) (With 2 Figures) (Acc. 6-XII-1984) Introduction The function of marking behaviour has long attracted the attention of ethologists. Many authors focused their interest on marking behaviour by means of sprayed urine in male domestic cats (Felis catus, L.) (CORBETT, 1979; DE BOER, 1977; DE BOER & VERBERNE, 1981; LEY- HAUSEN, 1971, 1979; LEYHAUSEN & WOLFF, 1959). Since domestic cats show a large intraspecific variation in spatial organization that ranges from living in groups at high density (DARDS, 1978, 1983) to living essen- tially solitarily at low density (e.g. JONES, 1977) (with many intermediate variations, see for example HUBBS, 1951; MACDONALD & Apps, 1978; LIBERG, 1980) it has been suggested by various authors that scent mark- ing may have different functions, depending on the situation. When cats are living as solitarily territorial animals (LEYHAUSEN, 1971; LEYHAUSEN & WOLFF, 1959; DE BOER, 1977), it is suggested that a urine mark sprayed by a conspecific provides information about the presence of a strange cat in their territory and also about the time of

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Published: Jan 1, 1985

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