Glossario

Allorubbing

The act of rubbing, which is directed toward another individual. In a social context allorubbing is an assymetrical behaviour and there is a directional nature to the behaviour with one individual acting as the instigator and the other the recipient of the behaviour.

Allogrooming

The act of grooming, which is directed toward another individual. Cats use allogrooming as an affiliative behaviour, which confirms relationships between cats in the same social group. In a social context allogrooming is a symmetrical behaviour with both individuals contributing equally to the behavioural interaction.

Aggression

A general term which describes a range of behavioural responses involved in the emotional contexts of threat, defence and attack.

Anxiety

A physiological and behavioural response to the anticipation of danger, be that real or perceived.

Flehmen

The act of detecting and processing olfactory information through the vomeronasal organ.