Role of the nursing order in social development of mountain lion kittens
Article first published online: 13 OCT 2004
Copyright © 1980 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Volume 13, Issue 1, pages 47–53, January 1980
How to Cite
Pfeifer, S. (1980), Role of the nursing order in social development of mountain lion kittens. Dev. Psychobiol., 13: 47–53. doi: 10.1002/dev.420130108
- Issue published online: 13 OCT 2004
- Article first published online: 13 OCT 2004
- Manuscript Revised: 25 OCT 1978
- Manuscript Received: 24 FEB 1978
Early patterns of social interaction, including fighting while nursing, social grooming, and social play, were analyzed in a litter of mountain lion kittens to determine if interactive patterns formed during nursing persist into subsequent social stages (i.e., social grooming and social play). The data suggest that the nursing order established by mountain lion kittens has an important role in early social development by initially directing interactive patterns among littermates.