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Feral and stray domestic cats occupy many different habitats.They can resist dehydration for months by relying exclusively onthe tissue water of their prey allowing them to colonize remotedeserts and other inhospitable places. They thrive and reproduce in humid equatorial rainforestsand windswept subantarctic islands. In many areas of the worldferal cats have driven some species of birds and mammals toextinction and others to the edge, becoming a huge conservationconcern. With the control of feral and stray cats now a topconservation priority, biologists are intensifying efforts tounderstand…mehr

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Feral and stray domestic cats occupy many different habitats.They can resist dehydration for months by relying exclusively onthe tissue water of their prey allowing them to colonize remotedeserts and other inhospitable places. They thrive and reproduce in humid equatorial rainforestsand windswept subantarctic islands. In many areas of the worldferal cats have driven some species of birds and mammals toextinction and others to the edge, becoming a huge conservationconcern. With the control of feral and stray cats now a topconservation priority, biologists are intensifying efforts tounderstand cat behaviour, reproductive biology, use of space,intraspecies interaction, dietary requirements, prey preferences,and vulnerability to different management strategies. This book provides the most comprehensive review yet published onthe behavior, ecology and management of free-ranging domestic cats,whether they be owned, stray, or feral. It reviews managementmethods and their progress, and questions several widely acceptedviews of free-ranging cats, notably that they live within dominancehierarchies and are highly social. Insightful and objective, this book includes: * a functional approach, emphasizing sensory biology,reproductive physiology, nutrition, and space partitioning; * clear treatment of how free-ranging cats should bemanaged; * extensive critical interpretation of the world's existingliterature; * results of studies of cats in laboratories under controlledconditions, with data that can also be applied to pet cats. Free-ranging Cats: Behavior, Ecology, Management isvaluable to ecologists, conservation scientists, animalbehaviorists, wildlife nutritionists, wildlife biologists, researchand wildlife veterinarians, clinical veterinarians, mammalogists, and park and game reserve planners andadministrators.

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  • Verlag: John Wiley & Sons
  • Seitenzahl: 320
  • Erscheinungstermin: 14.07.2014
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9781118884034
  • Artikelnr.: 41209001
Autorenporträt
Dr Stephen Spotte is a marine scientist and an adjunt scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory (Sarasota, Florida). He is an author or co-author of more than 80 scientific papers and has written 18 books.
Inhaltsangabe
Preface xi Abbreviations and symbols xvii About the companion website xix 1 Dominance 1 1.1 Introduction 1 1.2 Dominance defined 1 1.3 Dominance status and dominance hierarchies 6 1.4 Dominance
submissive behavior 10 1.5 Dominance in free
ranging cats 15 2 Space 19 2.1 Introduction 19 2.2 Space defined 20 2.3 Diel activity 23 2.4 Dispersal 26 2.5 Inbreeding avoidance 27 2.6 Home
range boundaries 31 2.7 Determinants of home
range size 33 2.8 Habitat selection 41 2.9 Scent
marking 43 3 Interaction 49 3.1 Introduction 49 3.2 The asocial domestic cat 49 3.3 Solitary or social? 52 3.4 Cooperative or not? 58 3.5 The kinship dilemma 61 3.6 What it takes to be social 66 4 Reproduction 72 4.1 Introduction 72 4.2 Female reproductive biology 72 4.3 Male reproductive biology 84 4.4 The cat mating system: promiscuity or polygyny? 88 4.5 Female mating behavior 91 4.6 Male mating behavior 93 4.7 Female choice 96 5 Development 98 5.1 Introduction 98 5.2 Intrauterine development 98 5.3 Dens 100 5.4 Parturition 100 5.5 Early maturation 104 5.6 Nursing 108 5.7 Weaning 109 5.8 Survival 111 5.9 Effect of early weaning and separation 113 5.10 Early predatory behavior 114 6 Emulative learning and play 116 6.1 Introduction 116 6.2 Emulative learning 116 6.3 Play 121 6.4 Ontogenesis of play 125 6.5 What is play? 130 7 Nutrition 137 7.1 Introduction 137 7.2 Proximate composition 138 7.3 Proteins 139 7.4 Fats 148 7.5 Carbohydrates 150 7.6 Fiber 155 7.7 Vitamins 156 8 Water balance and energy 158 8.1 Introduction 158 8.2 Water balance 158 8.3 Energy 162 8.4 Energy needs of free
ranging cats 166 8.5 Energy costs of pregnancy and lactation 172 8.6 Obesity 178 9 Foraging 181 9.1 Introduction 181 9.2 Cats as predators 182 9.3 Scavenging 185 9.4 When cats hunt 189 9.5 Food intake of feral cats 189 9.6 How cats detect prey 190 9.7 How cats hunt 200 9.8 What cats hunt 205 9.9 Prey selection 207 9.10 The motivation to hunt 210 10 Management 214 10.1 Introduction 214 10.2 Effect of free
ranging cats on wildlife 215 10.3 Trap
neuter
release (TNR) 224 10.4 Biological control 233 10.5 Poisoning and other eradication methods 237 10.6 Integrated control 241 10.7 Preparation for eradication programs 245 10.8 "Secondary" prey management 247 References 251 Index 293
Rezensionen
"In this context, a new book published by Wiley "Free-ranging cats. Behavior, ecology, management" (by Stephen Spotte) provides a comprehensive and objective insight on the key topics related to the management of feral cats, addressing some fundamental issues for a correct analysis of the problem, including a review of the available information on the species' behavioral, biological and ecological features." (Nature Conservation, 15 December 2014)