By Dennis C. Turner, Patrick Bateson
The main usually stored family animal within the constructed global, the cat has been part of human lifestyles for millions of years. Cats were either worshipped and persecuted over this lengthy interval - both enjoyed or hated for his or her enigmatic self-reliance and the topic of various myths and fables. Highlighting startling discoveries remodeled the final ten years, this new version gains contributions from specialists in quite a lot of fields, offering authoritative bills of the behaviour of cats and the way they have interaction with humans. completely revised and up-to-date to incorporate info at the uncomplicated gains of cat improvement and social lifestyles, the heritage in their relatives with people, overall healthiness and welfare difficulties, and the breeding of cats on the market and for convey. it really is meant for all these, even if expert or common reader, who love or are easily intrigued through those interesting animals.
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Detection of high-frequency sounds is presumably an adaptation to hunting of rodents which emit ultrasonic calls. Humans are better than cats at distinguishing sounds of the same frequency but different intensities and also, when the frequency is below 5 kHz, at distinguishing between pairs of sounds of the same intensity but different frequency. Man’s more advanced ability in this area may help explain the large number of subtle variations of ‘miaow’ types that cats have developed (and which are possibly still evolving) in their communication with humans, but which do not appear to play an obvious role in cat–cat communication.
2 Date:24/7/13 Time:18:50:31 Page Number: 26 26 Title Name: Turner_&_Bateson From Kitten- to Adulthood silenced at an earlier stage remain silent after each cell division. Such gene silencing provides each cell lineage with its characteristic pattern of gene expression. Because these epigenetic marks are faithfully duplicated across cell division, stable cell differentiation results (Mohn & Schübeler, 2009). In recent years epigenetic changes to DNA have been found to transmit across from one generation to the next, but such changes may not persist for very long (Gissis & Jablonka, 2011).
Thus any evolutionary approach to the signalling repertoire of the domestic cat will need to take into account both the variety of putative selection pressures that have shaped it, and the possibility that particular signals, both intra- and interspeciﬁc, are still evolving. Communication is said to occur when one animal responds to a signal sent out by another. This is a more general deﬁnition than normally applies to communication between people, when it is usually assumed that information is both being exchanged and reasonably accurate.
The Domestic Cat: The Biology of its Behaviour by Dennis C. Turner, Patrick Bateson