The social function of tail up in the domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus)

  title={The social function of tail up in the domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus)},
  author={S. Cafazzo and E. Natoli},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
  • S. Cafazzo, E. Natoli
  • Published 2009
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Behavioural Processes
  • We investigated the social function of tail up in order to verify its possible relationship with the hierarchical organization of a social group. Domestic cats live at higher densities than their ancestor which is a solitary species. Since the signals needed by solitary animals have different properties than those needed by group-living individuals, signalling pattern utilised by the domestic cat has inevitably changed. Kittens displayed the tail up when greeting their mother; this behaviour… CONTINUE READING
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