Behavior of Domestic Animals

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Department
Stockbridge Sch of Agriculture
Course
STOCKSCH 397B
Professor
George Howe
Semester
Spring

Description
1. General A. Body geared to predatory action I. Teeth geared to sever spinal cord without damage to rest of the body B. Padded feet=ambush attacks C. Rapid digestion=not carry excessive weight 2. Developmental hunting A. Prey recognition—end of first month when queen brings home dead prey for offspring to smell and taste I. 3-4 weeks queen brings weak/wounded prey to enhance hunting skills B. Hunting techniques developed by practice during play and prey sessions with queen 3. Predatory tendencies A. Inherited—modified by domestication B. Predation success related to presence of queen during kittens’exposure to prey 4. Kittens hunt the same pray they observed their mother kill and bring home A. Young that never observe this process=about 50% learn hunting skills of their own B
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