Paper Information

Title: 

CONSIDER OF BEHAVIOR REACTION IN CAT BY CONTACT WITH VALERIANA OFFICINALIS

Type: POSTER
Author(s): TAGHAVI DINANI S.I.*,AHMADI MOHAMMAD JAFAR,ALE DAVOUD S.J.
 
 *GARMSAR UNIVERSITY
 
Name of Seminar: IRANIAN CONGRESS OF PHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY
Type of Seminar:  CONGRESS
Sponsor:  PHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY SOCIETY, MASHHAD UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCE
Date:  2007Volume 18
 
 
Abstract: 

Introduction: Valeriana is the grassy plant and 0.5 until 1.5 meter high that illustration auto growth, grow up in low tree jungle, especially in corner of stream water. We find it in wet area of Iran especially in around Esfehan. Rhizomes of this plant have special smells that attract cats and cats jump and down around it then someone named "feline grass" for this plant. This consideration is for feline behavior study when encountering to valeriana. This is the first study for Iranian cats in this matter.
Methods: This consideration studies in 50 cats that 13 of them have 2 until 5 month age and others are adult.
Results: Natal cats are not sensitive to valriana and have nothing responsible. But 24 of 37 adult cats (65%percent) have responded. The special gene have supposed in cats reactive. At first, sensitive cats when encountered to valeriana, like to come near that. Then they smell that, rubbed their faces to plant and rolled on the ground (probably sexual reaction). They standing on posterior limbs then jump and down (probably hunting reaction). Generally, cats have special enjoyment then consumption of valeriana.
Conclusion: In studies have done distinguished what only attractive for cats is rhizomes smell. Further, almost all the cats had smelled the plant, and then they ate (probably appetite reaction). Seems that, cats react to valeriana, when they are in a special age. Cat's behavior to valeriana is not related to sex. Incidentally, if cats encounter to valeriana frequently, cats have not special reaction to it because else it have not any appealing for cats.

 
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