Chemical communication

Types of chemical communication:

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This chapter describes those behaviours which involve a transfer of chemicals for communicative purposes. Such transfer involves both depositing chemical signals on to physical objects and onto others; both those of their own species and other species (most commonly humans, despite our inability to detect such chemicals). For specific behaviours such as allo-rubbing, it is believed that as well as depositing chemical signals, cats are also acquiring chemical and olfactory information from those they rub on. 

Although this is a field which still requires a great deal of research for better understanding of the exact nature of chemicals released and information transferred, one aspect which has received a great deal of attention is pheromone use. Pheromones are understood to be important chemicals in feline communication.

 

Acknowledgements 

We are extremely grateful to Ceva who funded the initial development of these web pages