Tom-cat odour and other pheromones in feline reproduction

  title={Tom-cat odour and other pheromones in feline reproduction},
  author={K. Bland},
  journal={Veterinary Science Communications},
  • K. Bland
  • Published 2005
  • Biology
  • Veterinary Science Communications
  • The function and suppression of urine ‘spraying’ by cats is discussed as also is the source of tom-cat odour. It seems unlikely that tom-cat odour is derived from the lipid in the proximal convoluted tubule of the kidney, however its production by the anal glands has not yet been proven. Although male cats show a flehmen response when sniffing urine, smell seems to play a more important role in reproduction in the female than the male. The available data suggests that valeric acid may function… CONTINUE READING
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