Wednesday, 9 February 2011
What is your cat saying? What does it mean when your cat waves its tail? Wouldn't it be great if you could talk to your cat and know what it was feeling? Well, by reading simple body language you can! By taking note of what the tail ears and fur on your cat is doing you can see how he or she is feeling.
The tail is the most important part in determining the cat's feelings. It shows many emotions and can help you decide if your cat is happy or not.
Straight up: When your cat comes toward you or another object with its tail straight up, it is showing friendliness, it is most likely a familiar person or object and it is it's way of greeting in a friendly manner.
Straight up and quivering: This shows extreme happiness. Sometimes this will happen as you greet your cat. Be warned though, this can also denote that the cat is trying to 'spray' in order to scent mark territory!
Straight up with a hook: this is a questioning pose. Seen when approaching other cats or unfamiliar people or objects. The cat is prepared to be friendly but is ready to be defensive too.
Straight up and puffed up: A cat holding its tail straight up with it all puffed up is showing anger. It may have been startled, been in a fight or is in a compromising position. It is annoyed and may be aggressive although it is more likely just showing its displeasure.
Cats sure have interesting ways of expressing themselves. Some are cute, and some, well, can hurt. Most cat owners know about love chomps, those playful nips cats give at times. They are different than true, defensive bites, which draw blood and really hurt. Love chomps are given out of affection, and sometimes can hurt a little, depending upon kitty's mood. What is going on, and why do they do this?
My cat Beau is deaf and is very physical in expressing himself. He loves to be touched, petted and kissed. His reaction back is to "chew" on me, sort of gnawing his teeth against my arm, as he purrs. I soon realized that this is out of caring, not out of defensiveness. He does this whenever he is deliriously happy, and it's sort of like he's trying to kiss me back but does it with his little teeth. Lucky me. I appreciate him for being so loving, and just show love back, but back off if he chomps a little too hard.
When your cat does this, don't hit or get mad, just gently brush it off and distract him to do something else. Cats respond to suggestion, professional trainers rely on this principle to train them. By giving kitty something else to think about, he will forget about gnawing on you and put his attention elsewhere. Though I'm not an animal behaviorist, I know what works for my cats, and use information learned by those in the know. A good resource to contact if you need a real professional's advice on cat behavior is at your local chapter of the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Aniimals). I called my local chapter and asked who to talk to regarding certain behaviors and they told me a behaviorist would call me back. She did, and was very helpful in giving me tips on handling problematic cat behaviors of different kinds. The ASPCA has local chapters in most cities and is a good resource for help with animals of many kinds so I recommend them.
The internet offers plenty of entertainment and that is very true when you look at funny cat videos. They are going to get you rolling and several of them you will want to watch over and over again. Too often people perceive cats as just lying around and doing nothing. So it is very magical for them to see these animals in action and doing some bizarre things.
Some of these videos have thousands of people who have looked at them and are so impressed with what they see that they have talked about these videos on various forms of social media including Twitter and Facebook. With so many great places online to see videos these days you have a wide spectrum of them to find.
What is also neat is that when you watch a funny cat video there will usually be linked to other videos. Then you can continue to view more and more of them. You can narrow down your search too if you want to see cats doing particular things. Make sure you have lots of time to spend watching them though as you will quickly become addicted to them.
You don't want to sit down to just watch one or two of these videos. Instead, you want to be able to have plenty of time for them. Funny cat videos are something you can enjoy with your co-workers and even the kids too. It can give you a new found appreciation for cats, their intelligence, and for the various mishaps that they take part in from time to time.
Has anyone started a support group for cat video addiction? There may be a need for this in the near future, as thousands, maybe even millions of people are unable to stop themselves from watching cute, funny, silly, bizarre or sometimes rather boring videos about cats!
Until the time when you can find support groups, we'll look at some ways to help yourself if you suffer from this problem. Like all addictions, you first have to admit that you have this one. Honestly ask yourself how many cat videos you've watched in the last month. If you can't answer this, that's a bad sign. If the number is higher than ten, you may be on the verge of having a problem. If it's more than fifty, well, that number speaks for itself.
Another symptom of cat video addiction is taking constant videos of your own cats and posting them online. It used to be that people who were obsessed with their pets would show everyone photos. Now, videos are being e-mailed to friends, relatives and co-workers and posted endlessly to YouTube and other video sites.