10 things people wonder about their pets

10 things people wonder about their pets

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Cassi (Photo credit: Gold Coast Pets)

Unless your name’s Dr. Doolittle, it’s highly unlikely that you can talk to animals. This is a frustrating, yet inevitable side-effect of having a pet and, just like with a baby or toddler, it can be hard to interpret some of the seemingly strange things they do.

So, we’ve rounded up ten frequently-asked questions people type into Google and some suggested answers to try and enlighten confused cat and dog lovers everywhere…

1) Why does my dog stare at me?
Rather than being an expression of love, it’s most likely that they want something. That ‘something’ could be food, a nice walk in the park, their favourite toy which you’ve put on top of the dresser, or even praise.

2) Why do dogs eat their own faeces?
This seemingly disgusting habit can be down to a dog’s wolf-like, scavenger genetics, whereby they assume their faeces hold some nutritional value. Equally, it can be a sign that your pet is suffering from a nutrient deficiency, which can be caused by diet or malabsorption syndromes.

3) Why do dogs lick their owners?
As well as a sign of affection, licking is a submissive gesture and shows that a dog accepts your authority. Another reason is that dogs are taught to lick from birth by their mothers.

4) Why does my dog shake?
There are a number of reasons for why this occurs. Cold temperatures, hormone imbalances, pain, neurological disorders, and medical conditions like hypoglycemia could all be the cause. The best course of action is to consult a vet.

5) Why do dogs howl?
This is a perfectly normal (albeit sometimes annoying) habit, and comes down to genetics. It allows them to announce their presence, and gain satisfaction if another dog replies.

6) Why does my cat dribble?
Cats can dribble because they are so relaxed that they forget to swallow. If they are kneading their paws while drooling, this may be an involuntary instinct which comes from breast-feeding kittens who are trying to stimulate their mother’s milk teats.

7) Why do cats need whiskers?
Cats whiskers are incredibly sensitive and are key to helping them navigate by the change in airflow. Whiskers also help them display whether they are happy or angry, and measure the width of openings (e.g. cat-flaps) so they don’t try to squeeze through areas which are too narrow for them.

8) Why does my cat keep sneezing?
Cats are similar to humans when it comes to sneezing, and a professional diagnosis is the safest way to determine the cause. It could be down to a respiratory infection, allergy, dental abscess, or even a foreign body lodged in the sinuses.

9) Why do cats knead your lap with their paws?
Many cats do this because they associate kneading with the reward of their mother’s milk. It can also be a sign of contentedness.

10) Why does my cat keep meowing?
Meowing is a way of attracting attention, and they could be trying to tell you a number of things. It could be a plea for food, a sign that they’re lonely and want to play/cuddle, illness, stress, a sign that they’re in season, or simply that they want to say hello if you’ve just got home.

Hopefully, the answers to these ten popular FAQs will help you understand your pet better, and allow you to have an even closer relationship than ever before.

 

Michael is a freelance writer and animal lover, writing on behalf of MORE TH>N. These are his own thoughts and do not represent the views of MORE TH>N. Visit the MORE TH>N website for more information on insuring you pet.

 

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