SCENT MARKING

Action taken by an animal to deposit odorants within an environment, typically from specialized scent glands where the odorant is produced in order to provide scent clues regarding sex, dominance, and reproduction. These glands can be found in several areas, including the mouth or anus, and the odorants produced are typically long-lasting, dissipating slowly from the environment for a period of time after the animal leaves.

SCENT MARKING: "My cat was scent marking my house until I had him neutered."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SCENT MARKING," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/scent-marking/ (accessed November 14, 2020).
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