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Feline Cognition


Cat behavior; Cat cognition; Cat intelligence; Cat-human bond


Feline Cognition: A wide range of feline experiences that inform behavior including sensing, perceiving, learning, remembering, and reasoning.


Felines are a diverse group of carnivores that belong to one of two classifications – either the big cats, Pantherinae, or small cats, Felinae, to which the domestic cat belongs. Felines inhabit a range of environments from jungles and savannahs to human homes. The domestic cat has been particularly successful in its social relationship with humans and has lived in association with humans for thousands of years, with the first domestication of cats hypothesized to have begun around 9000 years ago (Ottoni et al. 2017). Despite human’s long-standing association with both wild and domesticated cats, relatively little is known about feline cognition, especially the cognition of non-domestic feline species. However, the research that does exist provides...

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Vitale, K.R. (2018). Feline Cognition. In: Vonk, J., Shackelford, T. (eds) Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Springer, Cham.

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