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The Domestic Cat: The Biology of its Behaviour

Published on Nov 30, 2013
Dennis C. Turner17
Estimated H-index: 17
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Patrick Bateson47
Estimated H-index: 47
Abstract
List of contributors Part I. Introduction: 1. Why the cat? Dennis C. Turner and Patrick Bateson Part II. From Kitten to Adulthood: 2. Behavioural development in the cat Patrick Bateson 3. Normal and problematic reproductive behaviour in the domestic cat Benjamin L. Hart and Lynette A. Hart 4. Communication in the domestic cat: within and between species Sarah L. Brown and John W. S. Bradshaw Part III. Social Life and Ecology: 5. Social organization and behavioural ecology of free-ranging domestic cats Dennis C. Turner 6. Social behaviour of domestic cats in the human home Penny L. Bernstein and Erika Friedmann Part IV. Cats and People: 7. Domestication and history of the cat James A. Serpell 8. Cultural differences in human-cat relations Dennis C. Turner, Eva Waiblinger and Barbara Fehlbaum 9. Human and cat personalities: building the bond from both sides Kurt Kotrschal, Jon Day, Sandra McCune and Manuela Wedl Part V. Cat Breeding and Cat Welfare: 10. Feline welfare issues Irene Rochlitz 11. Breed and gender behaviour differences: relation to the ancient history and origin of the domestic cat Benjamin L. Hart, Lynette A. Hart and Leslie A. Lyons 12. Showing cats Anne Gregory, Steve Crow and Hilary Dean 13. Individual and environmental effects on health and welfare J. L. Stella and C. A. T. Buffington 14. Feline behavioural problems and solutions Benjamin L. Hart and Lynette A. Hart Part VI. The Future: 15. Cat population management Elly Hiby, Harry Eckman and Ian MacFarlaine 16. Postscript: questions and some answers Patrick Bateson and Dennis C. Turner References Index.
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Estimated H-index: 9
(CSIC: Spanish National Research Council)
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Lokman Galal3
Estimated H-index: 3
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Claire Stragier1
Estimated H-index: 1
+ 5 AuthorsAurélien Mercier8
Estimated H-index: 8
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Theresa DePorter3
Estimated H-index: 3
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David L. Bledsoe2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Estimated H-index: 1
(CEVA Logistics)
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Lokman Galal3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Limoges),
Gereon Schares37
Estimated H-index: 37
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Estimated H-index: 32
(University of Limoges)
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Julie Alice Simon1
Estimated H-index: 1
(URCA: University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne),
Roger Pradel45
Estimated H-index: 45
(University of Montpellier)
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Estimated H-index: 15
(URCA: University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne)
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Estimated H-index: 1
(UKZN: University of KwaZulu-Natal),
Jarryd Streicher1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UKZN: University of KwaZulu-Natal),
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Estimated H-index: 24
(UKZN: University of KwaZulu-Natal)
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Paola L. Carrión1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Carlos A. Valle2
Estimated H-index: 2
(USFQ: Universidad San Francisco de Quito)
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John W.S. Bradshaw20
Estimated H-index: 20
(UoB: University of Bristol)
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Narelle A. Dybing3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Murdoch University),
Caroline Jacobson11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Murdoch University)
+ 2 AuthorsPeter Adams30
Estimated H-index: 30
(Murdoch University)
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