After adopting a new puppy, you might be nervous about taking them out to the city or dog parks to interact with other pets. After all, a little puppy could easily be hurt by an animal or frightened by an unfamiliar situation, right?
It may seem like your cat’s tail has a mind of its own, swishing and flicking at seemingly random points—even when your kitty is sleeping! But your cat’s tail is very much in tune with what they are thinking and feeling. In fact, it can be a great indicator for your cat’s mood!
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s often discussed in humans, but many people don’t realize that pets can suffer from it, too. Dogs can develop PTSD after a traumatizing event or lifestyle, whether under your care or at a previous home. The condition can cause several problematic behaviors and force your furry friend to lead a life of fear and stress.
Squeaky toys: They’re either tons of fun or a pet parent’s worst nightmare. Dogs who like squeaky toys tend to really love them, meaning they chomp and squeak on their plush or rubber toys all day and all night. But what is behind the adoration of these squeaky, loud, and potentially headache-inducing toys?
Kittens and adult cats alike can develop some interesting habits that we humans find strange. Cats’ behaviors largely stem from evolutionary instincts and behaviors they learn as kittens from their siblings and mothers. One somewhat strange behavior cats may partake in is sucking or chewing on blankets or similar types of fabric.
Most dog owners are familiar with the sound of a whining dog. After being placed in a kennel for the workday, when sitting under the table begging for scraps or while waiting to go outside to do their business—dogs tend to whine for attention or because they need something. Because of this, dog owners might begin to ignore or block out the noise rather than give in to it.
Dogs’ ears tend to get a lot of attention—their floppy, erect or generally expressive nature is easily recognized. However, cats’ ears are very similar! With 32 muscles in each ear and the ability to turn them almost 180 degrees, cats’ ears are extremely useful—and interesting—parts of their bodies.
Cats’ behavior is not always explainable; sometimes, they do strange things that we just don’t understand. From random meowing to jumping at the sight of their own shadow, there are a lot of cat behaviors and reactions that might perplex us.
2020 is right around the corner, and you might be gearing up to host your annual New Year’s Eve bash with your family and closest friends. Although celebrating surrounded by loved ones, dancing and making noise when the clock strikes 12 is all part of the fun, if you’re a pet owner, there’s one thing you should make sure not to forget about—your pet!
When the days get shorter, the sun is covered by clouds and the warmth of summer fades into chilly temperatures and harsh winds, a lot of changes can take place for both humans and pets. Many pet parents discover that their pups are less motivated, less excitable and more tired than usual.
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