Cats and Human Societies: a World of Interspecific Interaction and Interpretation

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This article focuses on the social structure of domestic cat colonies, and on the various ways these are represented in ethological literature. Our analysis begins with detailed accounts of different forms of cat societies from the works of Leyhausen, Tabor, and Alger and Alger, and then puts these descriptions into a broader epistemological perspective. The analysis is inspired by the bi-constructivist approach to ethological studies formulated by Lestel, which highlights the position of the… 
The Cohabitation of Humans and Urban Cats in the Anthropocene: The Clash of Welfare Concepts
  • Filip Jaroš
  • Biology
    Animals : an open access journal from MDPI
  • 2021
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A threefold model of human-animal interactions in urban environments which steer a careful course between the Scylla of realistic ontology and the Charybdis of social constructivism is introduced.
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A Semiotic Modern Synthesis: Conducting Quantitative Studies in Zoosemiotics and Interpreting Existing Ethological Studies through a Semiotic Framework
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This article shows that the biosemiotic approach to animal cultures is, on the contrary, essential to their understanding, even if the complexity of animal communications is far from being well enough understood.
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The Domestic Cat : The Biology of Its Behaviour
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