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dc.contributor.authorOwens, JLen
dc.contributor.authorOlsen, Men
dc.contributor.authorFontaine, Aen
dc.contributor.authorKloth, Cen
dc.contributor.authorKershenbaum, Ariken
dc.contributor.authorWaller, Sen
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-10T13:54:03Z
dc.date.available2017-05-10T13:54:03Z
dc.date.issued2017-06-01en
dc.identifier.issn1674-5507
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/264163
dc.description.abstractCat vocal behavior, in particular, the vocal and social behavior of feral cats, is poorly understood, as are the differences between feral and fully domestic cats. The relationship between feral cat social and vocal behavior is important because of the markedly different ecology of feral and domestic cats, and enhanced comprehension of the repertoire and potential information content of feral cat calls can provide both better understanding of the domestication and socialization process, and improved welfare for feral cats undergoing adoption. Previous studies have used conflicting classification schemes for cat vocalizations, often relying on onomatopoeic or popular descriptions of call types (e.g., “miow”). We studied the vocalizations of 13 unaltered domestic cats that complied with our behavioral definition used to distinguish feral cats from domestic. A total of 71 acoustic units were extracted and visually analyzed for the construction of a hierarchical classification of vocal sounds, based on acoustic properties. We identified 3 major categories (tonal, pulse, and broadband) that further breakdown into 8 subcategories, and show a high degree of reliability when sounds are classified blindly by independent observers (Fleiss’ Kappa $K$ = 0.863). Due to the limited behavioral contexts in this study, additional subcategories of cat vocalizations may be identified in the future, but our hierarchical classification system allows for the addition of new categories and new subcategories as they are described. This study shows that cat vocalizations are diverse and complex, and provides an objective and reliable classification system that can be used in future studies.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Internationalen
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Internationalen
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Internationalen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/en
dc.subjectbioacousticsen
dc.subjectcommunicationen
dc.subjectsocializationen
dc.subjectspectrogramsen
dc.titleVisual classification of feral cat Felis silvestris catus vocalizationsen
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage339
prism.issueIdentifier3en
prism.publicationDate2017en
prism.publicationNameCurrent Zoologyen
prism.startingPage331
prism.volume63en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.9522
dcterms.dateAccepted2017-02-15en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1093/cz/zox013en
rioxxterms.versionVoRen
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/en
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-06-01en
dc.contributor.orcidKershenbaum, Arik [0000-0003-0464-0243]
dc.identifier.eissn2396-9814
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
cam.issuedOnline2017-02-27en
cam.orpheus.successThu Jan 30 12:53:58 GMT 2020 - The item has an open VoR version.*
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2100-01-01


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