Can You Read Your Pet’s Body Language?

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Lots of us think we can actually “talk” to our pets, and, with body language cues, it’s actually true. Kind of. Dogs and Cats often communicate their mood and state of mind through their body language. But, your dog or cat may not be telling you what you think it is. In fact, it could be the complete opposite…
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Cats And Dogs: Body Language

Staring: Dogs don’t like you staring them in the eye. They see it as a form of domination and can get very agitated if you really push it…
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Cats And Dogs: Body Language

Staring: Cats, on the other hand see staring into their eyes as a silent form of bonding. Try sitting still and blinking your eyes slowly. That really gets their interest…
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Cats And Dogs: Body Language

Peeing: Dogs peeing on the floor in front of you, even after a good long walk, is a sign they’re acknowledging you are dominant. Or, they’re very old and incontinent…
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Cats And Dogs: Body Language

Peeing: Cats will pee on your clothes and other stuff as a way of communicating that you’re a part of their territory and other cats should stay away…
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Cats And Dogs: Body Language

Pooping: Dogs can use poop as a territory marker but, they generally don’t like to do it too close to home. If they do, it usually means they’re highly stressed…
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Cats And Dogs: Body Language

Purring: Cats purr when they’re content. But, they also purr when they’re afraid. And, most importantly, when they’re in pain. If your cat can’t stop purring, it may be time to see a Vet…
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Cats And Dogs: Body Language

Barking: A barking dog is actually trying to talk to you in Dog language. When you yell back, it causes them to bark MORE. So, don’t do that…
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Cats And Dogs: Body Language

Arching and Hissing: An arched and hissing cat is not being aggressive. It’s scared and trying to show it’s bigger than it really is. Remove the threat…
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Cats And Dogs: Body Language

Tail Wagging: If a dog’s tail is wagging high and side to side, it’s usually friendly and excited. If it’s lowered and on one side or the other, it’s usually getting ready to bite…
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Cats And Dogs: Body Language

Hugging A Cat: Hugging a cat is tolerated if the animal really trusts you. But, too much is not a good thing and, eventually, the cat will try to get away…
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Cats And Dogs: Body Language

Hugging A Dog: Dogs actually HATE hugs. Their first impulse is usually to run and hugging prevents that. Always pet your dog and resist all that hugging stuff. We know. It’s hard…
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And, Finally…

Butt Sniffing: Sniffing butts is common in the mammalian order. It’s a way to identify gender, check for disease and, most importantly, whether the other animal is in heat. Come to think of it, some humans do it too. Yuck!
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