An interview with Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, had co-written a book called “How to Speak Cat.
When I heard that Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, had co-written a book called “How to Speak Cat”, I jumped at the opportunity to interview him (not for me, because I speak cat, but for the public).
You know what they’re asking you for because they’ve trained you, and that’s the beautiful part. The difference between cats and dogs is that we can train both species but, for the most part, we train dogs to respond to what we want them to do. Cats, on the other hand, actually train us to respond to what they want us to do.
Here’s my crazy-person question: Sometimes we meow back and forth with our cat and it feels like a real dialogue. Is that stupid? What’s going on?
It’s really just a bonding experience. Do our cats know exactly what we mean with those noises? Yeah, actually, I think they do. I don’t think it’s an exercise in futility whatsoever because we do it because we’re in a good mood or we’re about to do something we do routinely with them in some kind of a positive interaction. I think they know what it is, absolutely. It’s amazing; they know what we want before we even articulate it, and dogs do too. Dogs and cats can read a mood before we even open our mouths, so making any of those noises of endearment, they know what that’s about. Now, are you asking, say, “do you want chicken or tuna?” when you make a chirping noise at your cat? Well, now you’re getting a little specific and I don’t know that I’m willing to say yes to that, but the general context, yeah, absolutely. Animals are always contextual.
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I just got the book, reading it now >^..^<
7 Cool Facts About Your Cat’s Whiskers
JaneA Kelley | Sep 4th 2012
Your cat’s whiskers don’t just look cool — they’re the Swiss Army knife of her sensory and communications tool kit. Not only do they help her figure out where she’s going, they also tell her whether she’ll fit through openings, and they serve as an obvious demonstration of her mood. Here are seven interesting facts about cat whiskers.
1. Whiskers are exquisitely sensitive
Your cat’s whiskers are rooted much more deeply in her skin than her ordinary fur, and the area around them has a very generous supply of nerves and blood. This makes the whisker tips so sensitive that they can detect even the slightest change in the direction of a breeze. Because of that sensitivity, it can actually cause your cat pain if you mess with her whiskers. Eating out of a bowl that presses on your cat’s whiskers can also be disturbing, so consider feeding your cat on a plate or buying her a wide, flat feeding bowl.
2. They’re not just on the nose
In addition to the eight to 12 whiskers your cat has on either side of her nose, she also has shorter whiskers above her eyes, on her chin, and on the backs of her lower front legs.
3. They help her figure out where she’ll fit
The whiskers on your cat’s nose are generally about as long as your cat is wide, so they help her to figure out how wide an opening is and whether she’ll fit through it. Some people say that if cats gain weight, their whiskers get longer; I haven’t seen enough evidence to know whether this is true.
4. They help her position her prey
Cats are farsighted — they can’t see well up close — so when they catch their prey, whether that prey is a mouse or their favorite feather toy, they need some way to sense that their prey is in the proper position for the fatal bite. The whiskers on the back of your cat’s forelegs, and to a lesser extent, those on her chin and the sides of her nose, are crucial for that purpose.
5. They’re an emotional barometer
The position of your cat’s whiskers can be an indicator of her mood. If her whiskers are relaxed and sticking out sideways, she’s calm. If they’re pushed forward, that means she’s excited and alert. If they’re flattened against her cheeks, she’s angry or scared. Of course, you’ll need to check her “whiskergram” against her other body language, such as the position of her ears and tail, to confirm what the whiskers are telling you.
6. They should never be cut
Although your cat does shed a couple of whiskers from time to time, you should never trim your cat’s whiskers. She’ll become disoriented and may begin acting dizzy and confused because she’s no longer receiving those vital navigation signals. Imagine if somebody grabbed you and put a blindfold on you and you couldn’t take it off for a few weeks — that’s about what it’s like for a cat whose whiskers get cut off.
7. They can change color
Don’t be surprised if you find a white whisker growing in your pure black cat’s fur as she ages: Cats do start going gray with age, but it’s not noticeable unless your cat’s fur is a dark, solid color.
A few more articles on cat’s whiskers:
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Why Does My Cat… Paw at Her Water Dish?
Though the conventional wisdom might dictate otherwise, some cats love water –– as long as it’s not aimed at them, as it is during a bath, and consider water a fun toy. They love its reflective surface and the way it splashes when they hit it.
However, most consider water less of a plaything than a dish best served fresh. To some cats, that means moving water is preferable to the sort that sits still in a dish for hours. So it is that some cats prefer to drink aerated water directly from the tap, a fountain or even the toilet.
Cats who splish their water before drinking may, in fact, be attempting to achieve a similar effect. If you cat engages in this oddly cute behavior, consider getting her one of those recirculating water fountains now commercially available for cats. At the very least, you should change the water in her bowl twice a day. http://bit.ly/1FjpI8f