Kitty Behaviours You Didn’t Know

Hello Dog Lover!
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In this post we cover quick and dirty tips for teaching and caring for your pet, transcribed and audited from one of our most enjoyed podcasts. Some of our  members know we step out to the other species from time to time notably that other species live with us and we don’t mean spouses. We mean cats like many of us some of us grew up with cats and so we always think we know all what we need to know about them. Our discussion with a veterinary behaviourist concerning cats behavioural problems thought us that we were wrong, wrong, and so wrong
So this week we’ll be giving some facts about a cats body language and behaviours that might just be new to you.
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First kitty fun fact when a kitty cat lies on her side she may not be feeling friendly: A cat is laying on her side maybe relaxed and sleepy but context is all, if she’s lying on her side with her legs extended in the doorway and her housemate cat is crouched a few feet away with his ears pinned. Looking longingly at the room beyond, well in that scenario you can be pretty confident that the kitty’s message to her housemate is “See these legs, these legs have claws on the end of them and if you tried to walk by you will learn what these claws can do”.  Think about distracting your cat with play or putting down some catnip to get the cat high and happy


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Cat tails and dog tails tell very different stories: A dog who is coming at you fast with his tail held high and tight over his back is probably not looking to make friends but a cat trotting towards you with his tail held high, maybe with the tip crooked is saying a joyous hello. Dog tail wags communicate everything from joy to the extreme tension that can predict a bite. Kitty wags on the other hand communicates alertness, tension more tension and I’m going to get you. Twitching at the tip of the tail can signify that your cat is just alert, it could also mean she’s annoyed or frustrated so leave her be, if kitty is wagging her tail fast make a swift retreat because if you touch her she will nail you, that’s in sure contrast to a fast wagging dog who’s usually wiggling his butt as well and in general is saying “Howdy friend”. As for a puffed up cat tail you probably know that cat is angry and scared.
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Remember how its advised to give your dog food dispensing toys: Cats like them too, cats have a reputation relative to low maintenance tax rate, clean the litter box, you put food on the floor and everything is copacetic, Nope. Even more than dogs house cats probably leave lives of quiet desperation and boredom. Play with your cats and know it is not enough to give them a little plastic ball with a bell inside, interact, click or train them, yes you can and deliver your kibble’s in ways that mimic hunting getting your food out of a bowl without having to work for it might seem like a good deal to having a trust fund  but it’s probably more like never having a chance to do work you were made to do. Think of how much cat play resembles hunting. The American Association of feline practitioners of vets group have some suggestions. Throw your cats dry food piece by piece for her to chase and capture, put it in food dispensing toys that she has to bat around or that presents a puzzle she has to solve, the vets group also suggest hiding dry food around the house, which might be a great idea for some of you but not for others as that may lead to a super fat dog and some very skinny very annoyed cats
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The longer your cat digs in the box the better: there’s research suggesting that cats who scratch in their litter box for less than four seconds before urinating and defecating are more likely to do it outside the box. Reason is that they scratch longer in a litter that they prefer, so if you cat is just doing a perfunctory dig-dig instead of a prolong dig-did-dig-dig-dig-dig-dig-dig you might want to experiment with a different product even if the prolong digging makes you want to tell you cat to get on with it already, it’s probably less annoying than peeing on the sofa cushions.
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Just staring at the toy?  Still playing. We used to think that when a cat stops chasing the dangle toy it means they are bored of it, until explanation from a consultant in Brooklyn who was the first person to explain to us that as long as the cat is watching the toy with ears pricked, he is still interested in playing. Cats hunting behaviour consists of a little bit of running and pouncing and a lot of lying and wait. The cat thats staring at a toy is still stalking it and it will eventually meet it’s dreadful fate, by the way remember the object of hunting is not to come away with empty paws, its to kill and eat, you can make things more engaging and rewarding for the kitty by tossing her a more solid kibble or treat every few grabs of the toy so that her predation succeeds.
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The last kitty behaviour today is the social roll. We’ve all seen it, Kitty runs to greet us and rolls over on her back like a dog rolling in something. This behaviour called a  social roll which s a sexual signalling for un-nuetered cats but for a spade or neuter’d house pets a friendly greeting. We often take it is an invitation to a belly rub and then are surprised and disappointed when our cat claws or bites us, but the experts at cats protection UK point out in a video that the socially rolling cat is in a vulnerable position another video in cat body language which says going for the belly is almost  betrayal  instead play with its head and ears.

So there you have it, its good every pet owner understand his/her pet as well as their body language, this helps for better understanding and co-existence between pets and pet owner. Have any questions you want answered or have some resignations? Let us know in the comment section below
 
Also feel free to share to all your feline parents that might need to get educated on this.
Have a lovely weekend ahead. 🐶
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