Special Issue "Cat Behavioural Ecology"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Companion Animals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Marie-Amélie Forin-Wiart
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Guest Editor
Department of Ecology, Physiology and Ethology, University of Strasbourg, CNRS, IPHC UMR 7178, F-67000 Strasbourg, France
Interests: free-ranging cats;behavioural ecology;foraging behaviour;behavioural plasticity;behavioural landscape

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cats have lived in close proximity to humans for thousands of years and are now the most common pets in homes around the world. Their propensity to hunt wildlife and live independently of humans reminds us, however, that the domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus) is the result of a taming process more than of domestication. The domestic cat is one of the most widely distributed terrestrial carnivores due to its great behavioural plasticity, and individuals evolve along a continuum depending on their association with humans, e.g., in terms of degree of feeding and freedom of movement. Between the indoor-only cats and the feral cats, there are free-ranging cats. Some may be fed ad libitum and free to leave and/or enter the home (free-ranging house cats). Others may not be attached to a particular dwelling, though being fed by humans (semi-feral or semi-owned cats). Finally, some individuals may be attached to farm buildings where they are fed only occasionally (farm cats).

Both the observed complexity of domestic cat populations and the inter-individual behavioural variations explain to a large extent the difficulty of studies trying to highlight consistent patterns. However, methodological (e.g., citizen science) and technological (e.g., bio-loggers, environmental DNA) advances may provide some answers. This Special Issue aims to bring together the latest research on the behavioural ecology of domestic cats. Studies on other species are invited, if they may improve knowledge about cats .

Dr. Marie-Amélie Forin-Wiart
Guest Editor

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  • free-ranging cats
  • behavioural ecology
  • behavioural plasticity
  • bio-loggers
  • citizen science
  • conservation
  • DNA
  • human-cat relationship
  • foraging behaviour
  • sociobiology
  • space use
  • temperament
  • wildlife
  • zoonoses

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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