The impact of paternity and early socialisation on the development of cats' behaviour to people and novel objects

  title={The impact of paternity and early socialisation on the development of cats' behaviour to people and novel objects},
  author={Sandra McCune},
  journal={Applied Animal Behaviour Science},
  • S. McCune
  • Published 1 October 1995
  • Psychology
  • Applied Animal Behaviour Science

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