Social organization in the cat: A modern understanding

  title={Social organization in the cat: A modern understanding},
  author={Sharon L. Crowell‐Davis and Terry Marie Curtis and Rebecca J Knowles},
  journal={Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery},
  pages={19 - 28}
When does inter-cat communication become inter-cat aggression?
Cats are rapidly catching up with dogs as the UK's favourite companion animal, yet the majority of cat owners continue to be unaware of the cat's welfare needs. This lack of owner understanding can
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Testing overall litter size with the number of nests occupied showed little evidence that fouling of nests through an accumulation of elimination products, ectoparasites and food waste was responsible for increased moves, suggesting frequent nest moves are employed to maintain nest covertness in the presence of possible predators and infanticide by conspecifics.