Mating behaviors, courtship rank and mating success of male feral cat (Felis catus)

  title={Mating behaviors, courtship rank and mating success of male feral cat (Felis catus)},
  author={Akihiro Yamane and Teruo Doi and Yuiti Ono},
  journal={Journal of Ethology},
The mating behavior of the male feral cat (Felis catus) living on a small island was investigated. The cats in the study area (6.0 ha) formed the “feeding groups” at the garbage sites (Yamane et al. 1994; Izawa et al. 1982). We examined the factors influencing fighting ability, rank during courtship, and mating success of the male cat. Males with heavier body weight mostly won over lighter males in the agonistic encounters during the estrous season. Heavier males occupied the more advantageous… 

Male Reproductive Success in a Social Group of Urban Feral Cats (Felis catus L.)

It is demonstrated that rank and body weight were both important in predicting the annual reproductive success of urban feral cats, however, it shows that the reproductive benefit associated to rank may be balanced by cost due to at-risk aggressive behaviour of dominant males.

Influence of social rank on defecating behaviors in feral cats

The results suggest that social rank influences defecating behaviors in male feral cats, and heavier male cats buried feces at higher frequencies at sites closer to the centers than females.

Evaluating the responses of a territorial solitary carnivore to potential mates and competitors

It is suggested that advertising for mates when scent marking may sometimes overshadow the importance of deterring competitors and claiming territory, and visitors to solitary carnivores may sometimes create nearly twice as many scrapes during these visits.

The influence of female presence and seasonality on the home range size and activity patterns of male domestic cats in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

The data indicate that presence of females is an important factor in shaping these parameters of domestic male cats, especially in the dry season.

Molecular and behavioural analyses reveal male-biased dispersal between social groups of domestic cats1

Investigation of the natal dispersal pattern between social groups within an urban colony of domestic cats, Felis catus, using both population assignment index for multilocus microsatellite genotypes and behavioural observations revealed that the sexes probably disperse at different spatial scales.

A Cardinal Measure of Competitive Ability in Barbary Macaque Males (Macaca sylvanus)

It is found that male competitive ability scores were highly correlated with the dominance scores derived from naturally occurring agonistic interactions, which suggest that observations of spontaneous interactions may suffice to estimate the competitive abilities of individuals.

Intrasexually selected weapons

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  • Environmental Science, Biology
    Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
  • 2018
It is conceptualized that there are five ways in which a sexually dimorphic trait, apart from the primary sex traits, can be fixed: sexual selection, fecundity selection, parental role division, differential niche occupation between the sexes, and interference competition.

Coexistence between Humans and ‘Misunderstood’ Domestic Cats in the Anthropocene: Exploring Behavioural Plasticity as a Gatekeeper of Evolution

Evidence is provided that urban free-ranging domestic cats in the Anthropocene have responded to rapidly changing environments by adapting their behaviour (behavioural plasticity—the ability of a genotype to express different behaviours according to its environment) and social organisation to living in complex social groups, especially those living in colonies.



Female Incitation of Male Competition: A Mechanism in Sexual Selection

A mechanism by which females facilitate mating with a superior genotype, as reflected by age, social rank, and sexual experience, without exerting choice is described.

Home Range Size and Spacing Pattern of a Feral Cat Population on a Small Island

The results suggest that the mating resource, the number of receptive females, is more important in determining male home range size during the estrous season than is the food resource.

Mammalian mating systems.

  • T. Clutton‐Brock
  • Biology
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences
  • 1989
Much of the variation in mammalian mating bonds and systems of mate guarding can be attributed to differences in these three variables: the effect of male assistance in rearing young and to the defensibility of females by males.

Parental investment and sexual selection

The p,cnetics of sex nas now becn clarif ied, and Fishcr ( 1958 ) hrs produccd , n,od"l to cxplarn sex ratios at coDception, a nrodel recently extendcd to include special mccha_ nisms that operate under inbreeding (Hunrilron I96?).

The Mating Tactics and Spacing Patterns of Solitary Carnivores

A majority of the carnivore species are primarily solitary, having very little contact with conspecifics (Gittleman, this volume). These solitary species have received less attention than the

Handbook of ethological methods

This book discusses a conceptual model of animal behavior and its application to statistical methods, as well as guidelines for the use of animals in research and the interpretation of results.