Tuesday 18 December 2012

A Tale of Two Territories

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Cats both domestic and wild, communicate olfactorily through chemical messages in urine, feces, and secretions from glands located near the mouth, chin, forehead, paws and tail. Spraying urine on objects, cheek-rubbing, head-bobbing etc are all methods to deposit these signals. The urine of an adult male cat contains a sulphur containing amino acid called felinine, which gives cat urine its characteristic strong odour.

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