The behaviour of 36 domestic cats was observed immediately before and after they were fed by their owners. Before feeding, behaviour was mainly directed at the owner and included vocalizations and patterns thought to be signals in cat-cat interactions. After the meal, 7 cats continued to direct behaviour towards their owners, but the majority spent much of their time to grooming. There were differences between the behavioural patterns of individual cats and these were not correlated with the age or sex of the cat or the characteristics of the owner. It was suggested that the behavioural patterns may have their origins in developmental and/or inherited factors.
|Publication Title||Applied Animal Behaviour Science|
|Author Address||Anthrozoology Institute, University of Southampton, Southampton SO16 7PX, UK.|
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