By Dennis C. Turner, Patrick Bateson
The main normally stored household animal within the constructed international, the cat has been part of human lifestyles for millions of years. Cats were either worshipped and persecuted over this lengthy interval - both enjoyed or hated for his or her enigmatic self-reliance and the topic of various myths and fables. Highlighting startling discoveries revamped the final ten years, this re-creation positive factors contributions from specialists in a variety of fields, delivering authoritative money owed of the behaviour of cats and the way they have interaction with humans. completely revised and up-to-date to incorporate info at the uncomplicated positive factors of cat improvement and social existence, the historical past in their relatives with people, overall healthiness and welfare difficulties, and the breeding of cats on the market and for convey. it's meant for all these, even if expert or normal reader, who love or are easily intrigued by way of those interesting animals.
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1963). Although it might be hard to imagine that in nature a mother would move a litter often, the ingrained reﬂex in the kittens to being grasped by the nape of the neck suggests that moving a litter has survival or ﬁtness value. Several causes for a cat living in nature to move a litter come to mind. If she sees a strange male a mother may quickly move the litter because he might kill the kittens, which could induce the mother to come into oestrus again and raise kittens he has sired. Another possible cause could be the build-up of nest-borne ectoparasites as the young become more difﬁcult to keep groomed; moving to a new parasite-free location could be very beneﬁcial to fast-growing young that need all the nutrition they can get.
Where certain types of experience exert a facilitatory effect on development, it is also possible that considerable individual variation early in life will have disappeared by adulthood. In this case, though, the same developmental end-point is reached via the same developmental route, but at different rates. For example, exposing kittens to a cool environment during the ﬁrst few days after birth hastens the development of temperature regulation. , 1980). Why are cats so different from each other?
Humans are better than cats at distinguishing sounds of the same frequency but different intensities and also, when the frequency is below 5 kHz, at distinguishing between pairs of sounds of the same intensity but different frequency. Man’s more advanced ability in this area may help explain the large number of subtle variations of ‘miaow’ types that cats have developed (and which are possibly still evolving) in their communication with humans, but which do not appear to play an obvious role in cat–cat communication.