Monday, June 18, 2018

Understanding Cats Behaviour: What Is My Cat Saying?

Understanding Cats Behaviour: What Is My Cat Saying?


Mysterious and unpredictable, you don’t have to own a Cat to know some general characteristics our feline friends are renowned for. However, you'd be surprised to learn that to the contrary of Cats looking too serious and non-expressive, there's a high chance you could have missed out on some communicative signs from your kitty☺
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What is my Cat trying to say?

The initial thought of trying to understand your Pets may be baffling to many and even insane to some— the knowledge in turn results in a fun process and stronger Pet-owner relationship. If you didn't already know, Cats express themselves best through their body language and sounds they make, Every Kitty is a unique individual in their own ways. With a little time and observation, you’d be able to read your feline companion much better:



Angry Cat Body Language & Sounds


Being as agile, active and feral as they are, Cats have a myriad of body movements— ones that can tell us a lot about what they’re thinking of while in your presence. Some of which are easily recognizable, for they aren't too far off from common human expressions! Longer observation also teach us to differentiate the sounds that accompany these moods.


1. Angry Cat It doesn't take a Cat expert to know that this is high time to back off when you see these clear indications of anger and/or fright:

- Straightened Tail
- Standing Hairs
- Snarling Expression
- Flattened-backward Ears
- Hunched Back on Four Feet

Fun Fact #1      Did you know, a Cat fluffs up its hairs in moments of anger, as an all-out attempt to look larger than what’s frightening or threatening them? The bigger the badder, indeed. 
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Angry Sounds — The sounds that accompanies an angry Cat are usually as follows:

Hissing and Spitting 
Low-toned Growls 
Long Yowling 

When encountering an angry Cat, it is best advised to not approach them at the moment. This prevents adding onto the tension to this already stressed-out Cat. Observe from a distance, provide personal space and approach only when your Cat isn't displaying any hostile tendencies.



2. Sad CatWhile most Cats are independent, they do so require adequate attention from their owners. Lack of brain stimulation and/or attention makes any Kitty sad. Experts also believe that depression and illness can often be co-related to one another, especially in Pets. Some clear signs include:

- Excessive Sleep
- Avoidance
- Loss Of Appetite
- Poor Self-grooming

The above behaviour can also be displayed together with anger. If such behaviour persists, consult a trusted feline Veterinarian immediately to identify any underlying illness that is possibly causing your Cat discomfort.

Related:
Is My Cat Sick?: How To Tell If Your Cat Is Sick or Sad



Happy Cat Body Language & Sounds


A happy and comfortable Cat that trusts its human companion is often seen displaying more than just one body language and sound. You might already be aware of their love for kneading and hiding in boxes, but what about the following behaviours?


1. The Rolling Cat A rolling good time is when your Cat trusts you, exposing the least glamorous positions whilst exposing their vulnerable soft bellies. To avoid any accidental injuries (scratching or biting), only try stroking their bellies if you know they're comfortable with it!



It’s play-time Hoomin! Watch me roll and stretch to my heart’s content.
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Before you get too caught up with this sight, know that a Cat's pride holds this behaviour for no longer than a minute, as most owners reported— realizing that they might have revealed too much of themselves, they flip right back up. 


2. Rear Flaunting Heard of the common expression for Cats, jerk-move? Then you must know of how Cat owners sometimes wake up to their feline companion's butts in their faces. And while the stench is understandably revolting to many— perhaps you’d feel better knowing that  this is how Cats exchange pleasantries with the ones they deem friends or family

This is how we greet friends, are you my friend, Hoomin?
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Fun Fact #2      You can also see this butt-flaunting action when you are giving kitty a good rub down along its back. You know you're giving a sensuous massage and your Cat's loving it!



3. Rubbing Against You Humans, objects, walls and even fellow felines, Cats love rubbing up against the living and/or inanimate objects as a form of scent marking. On a good day, some Cats may also adopt the habit of softly head-butting or nuzzling you— actions we personally find most adorable! Through these actions, the release and imprint of pheromones enables them to recognize their own scent, thus claiming what's theirs.

You belong to me, and all of these other things too!
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Fun Fact #3      Our feline friends love the warmth of a human being. Allowing your Cat to sniff you as and when they do is a great way to bond and build even more trust! 



4. Monorail Cat Oh Kitty, where have all your legs gone to? Fondly referred to as a Monorail or Hover Cat, here your Cat has its legs tucked in snugly underneath its body. We’d like to think of this as a Cat loaf, only because it looks exactly like a soft, freshly baked loaf of bread, right out of the oven.

I like this spot very much, I think I’m gonna cozy up right…here.
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Feeling undoubtedly safe and relaxed around you, your Cat might even pair this behaviour with slow blinking— referred to by many as kisses from a Cat, so go on and return those kisses!  


Happy Sounds — The above body languages are what you can commonly notice from a happy and satisfied Cat, and sounds that follow those actions include purring, soft sweet meows, and long-low meows to show happiness, comfort, relaxation, and even as a form of greeting!  


  

Other Cat Behaviours


At times a Cat’s Body language isn’t necessarily caused by their moods. Instead, they could be indications or signs of other underlying issues. Here are a few noteworthy Cat behaviours to help you decode the possible problem:


1. Exposed Fecal Matter Cats love their privacy and cleanliness when they do their business in their litter trays, and they also have the habit of covering up their waste and urine with litter. If your Cat decides to leave its poo uncovered out of the blue over a period of time, you should ascertain that it isn’t related to a medical problem by making a visit to a trusted feline Veterinarian.
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If your Cat checks out fine, then you ought to ask yourself the following:
Have I done anything to annoy Kitty recently? 
Behavioural experts have also related this behvaiour to possible territorial issues between the Cats living within the same household. Retrace any changes in the environment you may have done and give your Cat some time to adapt.



2. Biting and Chattering If your Cat isn’t suffering from anxiety problems, biting and/or chattering behaviour could be viewed as a bad habit. The fact that your Cat could be going through a routined manicure should also be considered. Your feline companion just appreciates a clean and shiny set of nails.
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Abruptly biting or nipping your hand however, is most likely due to over-stimulation. A Cat tends to get too excited during playtime with you— over-stimulation can build up to an ecstatic nip!

Fun Fact #4      A particular sound you may hear from a Cat that is interlinked to excitement is Chattering this is a constant clacking sound most commonly heard when your Cat sights flying preys, or even during vigorous playtime with toys!



3. Sprinting And Leaping Being unpredictable as they are, you may have already come across Cats sprinting, jumping and leaping for no apparent reason at the speed of light. No they do not have a screw loose— it is only natural that they require some moments of free-running time. Call it playtime or exercise, all Cats need quite a bit of both☺
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Fun Fact #5      Did you know that Cats are true-sprinters at heart, and have the ability to reach 50 km/h if they absolutely feel like doing so?


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This article was written with informational purposes, as you know, we’d love to share our collective research and experiences as fellow Pet owners and lovers. It is not meant to alternate in any way as advice or diagnosis of Professionals. 

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Teddy Guinea Pig: The Cavy With A Teddy Bear Resemblance

Teddy Guinea Pig: The Cavy With A Teddy Bear Resemblance


Guinea Pigs have steadily grown in terms of popularity as a house Pet— while not everyone might consider them as a favourite amongst small animals, this does little to deter the genetic mutations for developing different coat and colour variants. Looking to own a Guinea Pig with a short coat that differs from the classic American Shorthair? The Teddy Guinea Pig might be a viable option ☺
Teddy Guinea Pig Breed
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Teddy Guinea Pig


Though the origin of this breed is still shrouded in mystery, studies and reports have long established the fact that ancestral Guinea Pigs were initially bred for food in early civilizations. Ancestors of Guinea Pigs were found as early as 5000 BC, where they were initially bred for food in tribes of the Andean Region in South America. Guinea Pigs were also used by Folk Doctors to study illnesses when Western Medicine was not available, nor as reputable as today.

Related:
American Shorthair Guinea Pig: The Oldest Breed Of Guinea Pigs
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Eventually, Guinea Pigs also served as test animals in laboratories— one can only imagine the countless genetic mutations they have derived off selective breeding thus far. The term “mutation” never sounds pleasant, however,we can be rest assured that these genetic changes only occurred in appearances and coats of Guinea Pigs, but not their health. The Teddy Guinea Pig was the result of one such genetic mutation. Because of the increased popularity for showing Teddy Guinea Pigs in competitions, the ACBA (American Cavy Breeder’s Association) eventually recognized the breed in 1978.



Teddy Guinea Pig Appearance


Size — The average size of a Teddy Guinea Pig is not far off from any other breeds. Adults grow to weigh an average of 700g to 1 kg, and length ranging from 20 to 30 cm.

Features — Another distinct feature would be the upturned nose of a Teddy Guinea Pig, which is rounder and wider than other Guinea Pig breeds.


Fun Fact #1     This nose is referred to as a Roman nose, the only two breeds that have this nose is the American and Teddy Guinea Pig.
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Coat — A short, dense coat of the Teddy can often be mistaken for an American Short Hair at first glance. However in texture wise, it is described to be much more similar to an Abyssinian Guinea Pig slightly coarse and wiry to the touch, providing that renowned Teddy Bear look.

Colours — Like most Guinea Pig breeds, the Teddy Cavy is available in a variety of colours and patterns ranging from Black, Brown, Grey, Cream and Agouti.



Grooming A Teddy Guinea Pig


You'd be glad to know that the unique short coat of a Teddy Guinea Pig is not prone to tangling or matting. It is still inevitably important to keep up the effort in brushing their coats at least once a week. Having a slightly more sensitive skin to other breeds, opt for a soft-bristled comb during brushing, and only give them a bath when absolutely necessary— once in one/two months. Abiding as such prevents over-drying of their skin.

Hot Tip #1     Guinea Pigs do not require sand baths. Instead, draw up a warm bath with a small amount of Pet-friendly shampoo if preferred, then drying them very thoroughly after.
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In the event where you must clean your pet Cavy that only recently bathed, spot-clean affected/soiled areas with a damp cloth instead. Ears have to be wiped clean with a Guinea Pig friendly cleanser and cotton balls, and nails to be trimmed if they get too long.





Teddy Guinea Pig Personality


Guinea Pigs make excellent Pets largely due to their personalities. A Teddy Guinea Pig is a curious, fun, active and loving Cavy. Exploring their surroundings and being patted are amongst their favourite pastimes. Natural and instinctive behaviour of small animals may come of as extremely wary and cautious at first— have patience in gainging their trust. Begin so by feeding them by hand occasionally, just to get them accustomed to your prescence ☺
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Fun Fact #2      In case you were wondering, Guinea Pigs are pretty sociable creatures and enjoy the company of other Cavies. In fact, it is advised that they are kept in a pair or more to keep loneliness away!



Guinea Pig Housing And Feed


Housing — All Guinea Pigs' homes should be filled with a good bedding of hay or soft material, toys and ample room for an active lifestyle and exploration— Wooden toys satisfy their chewing needs and prevent overgrown teeth.

Pine and Cedar wood bedding should be avoided as these are known to cause respiratory problems. Straw is also not advisable due to its level of absorbency.

Hot Tip #2      House your Cavies in an exclosed area large enough in accordance to how many Guinea Pigs you have and all their needs— this provides a safe and comfortable home for movement, feeding and rest.

Guinea Pig home
Feeding — Good quality Hay is an absolute staple in a Guinea Pig's diet. Introduce a plate of good-quality hay with food pellets mixed in. Guinea Pigs require a ton of Fiber and Vitamin C, therefore the inclusion of fresh vegetables and occasional fruit treats are encouraged. Recommendations for good quality Hay types are Timothy Hay, for healthy teeth and good digestive systems.


Hot Tip #3      Prevent your pet Cavies from eating soiled hay by regularly cleaning up their living space, and providing fresh food and water daily!



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Our website is a work in progress, however, if you did find our articles interesting please do feel free to share! For more Pet care tips and other Pet-related articles, head to www.thepetsdialogue.com 



Disclaimer


This article was written with informational purposes, as you know, we’d love to share our collective research and experiences as fellow Pet owners and lovers. It is not meant to alternate in any way as advice or diagnosis of Professionals.

ThePetsDialogue claims no credit for images posted on this article unless otherwise displayed/stated. All rights go to respective owners as mentioned. If you do not wish for your image(s) to appear here do drop us an e-mail and it will be removed promptly. If you do wish to use any of our original published information, you are welcome to contact us!