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Responses of cats to petting by humans

By S. Soennichsen, A. S. Chamove

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There is evidence that different gland areas in animals of the cat family have different functions. This study showed that nine cats gave more positive and fewer negative responses to petting by their owners in the temporal region (between the eyes and ears), the reverse to petting in the caudal region (around the tail), with the perioral (chin and lips) and non-gland areas intermediate. This suggests that cats prefer being petted in certain body areas.

Date 2002
Publication Title Anthrozoos
Volume 15
Issue 3
Pages 258-265
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/089279302786992577
Language English
Author Address Department of Psychology, Massey University, Massey, New Zealand.lilyr@xtra.co.nz
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Cats
  3. Human-animal relationships
  4. Mammals
  5. peer-reviewed
  6. Pets and companion animals
  7. pheromones
  8. Relationships
  9. stimuli
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