Olfactory Marking Behavior in Wildcats

We know about our domestic cats and how they exchange scent on us by head butting and rubbing their cheeks against us.

This is usually a friendly exchange when greeting. Domestic cats also spray (especially when unneutered) to mark territorial boundaries.

The chart below shows the various ways wild cats mark territory by leaving scent and visible marks on surfaces or by simply leaving feces out in the open.

The chart comes direct from the world’s best book on the wildcats: Wild Cats Of The World by Mel and Fiona Sunquist

Please buy it. It is cheap when you consider it is the equivalent of ten average books on the subject.

Useful links
Anxiety - reduce it
FULL Maine Coon guide - lots of pages
Children and cats - important

Here are some associated pages on PoC:

Cat Marking Territory

The Social Organisation of Serval Cats

Domestic Cat Territory

From Olfactory Marking Behavior in Wildcats to Wild Cat Species by Size

Useful tag. Click to see the articles: Cat behavior

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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