Journal of Ethology

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 35–44

Mating behaviors, courtship rank and mating success of male feral cat (Felis catus)

  • Akihiro Yamane
  • Teruo Doi
  • Yuiti Ono


The mating behavior of the male feral cat (Felis catus) living on a small island was investigated. The cats in the study area (6.0 ha) formed the “feeding groups” at the garbage sites (Yamane et al. 1994; Izawa et al. 1982). We examined the factors influencing fighting ability, rank during courtship, and mating success of the male cat. Males with heavier body weight mostly won over lighter males in the agonistic encounters during the estrous season. Heavier males occupied the more advantageous positions to copulate with the estrous females and had higher mating success. These results suggest that body weight was one of the important factors affecting the courtship rank and the mating success of the male cat. When males visited and courted the females of feeding groups other than their own, they were sometimes defeated by the lighter males in that particular group, which lowered their courtship rank and success in copulations. These results indicate that the location of the courting male (inside or outside of its own group) and the kind of females they courted (member of the same group or not) were also important factors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Akihiro Yamane
    • 1
  • Teruo Doi
    • 1
  • Yuiti Ono
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Faculty of ScienceKyushu UniversityHigashi, FukuokaJapan
  2. 2.Laboratory of Wildlife ConservationNational Institute for Environmental StudiesOnogawa, TsukubaJapan
  3. 3.Kitakyushu Museum of Natural HistoryYahatahigashi, Kitakyushu, FukuokaJapan

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