Influence of familiarity and relatedness on proximity and allogrooming in domestic cats (Felis catus).


OBJECTIVE To evaluate associations between relatedness and familiarity with the affiliative behaviors of maintaining proximity and allogrooming in cats. ANIMALS 28 privately owned cats in 1 colony. PROCEDURE 15 of the cats had 1 or more relatives present representing 5 genealogies. Each cat was observed in 15-minute intervals for 3.5 hours during the… (More)


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