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Patterns of pet cat behaviour at feeding occasions

By J. W. S. Bradshaw, S. E. Cook

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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.

Date 1996
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 47
Issue 1/2
Pages 61-74
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Anthrozoology Institute, University of Southampton, Southampton SO16 7PX, UK.
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  1. Age
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal nutrition
  4. Anthrozoology
  5. Cats
  6. Feeding
  7. Feeding behavior
  8. Mammals
  9. patterns
  10. peer-reviewed
  11. Pets and companion animals
  12. Sex
  13. Social behavior
  1. peer-reviewed