You may have noticed your cat using one paw more than the other and wondered if they could really be right or left "handed". I noticed it a long time ago with my big cat because her breed is known for their skill in picking things up with one paw. Some of them even have an extra digit. Because she has the ability to pick up food and raise it to her mouth with her paw, I noticed she always uses her left paw.
Research has shown that cats along with some other animals do have a dominant paw. It is also interesting to note that, just like humans, males are more likely than females to be left pawed.
Check it out and let us know if your cat is left or right pawed.
Victoria Day, May 2-4, Firecracker Day. The first long weekend of the summer for Canadians. We celebrate with sparklers and fireworks, go camping in the rain, get together with families and friends, and drink a lot of beer. Here is just a glimpse of the holiday excitement at Nanny's house yesterday.
I received a parcel this week and I waited for my boy cat to wake up so he could "help" me open it. No matter what I'm doing at the kitchen table, he likes to be involved. I also knew that as soon as I removed the contents of the box, he would immediately get in it. And so he did.
My grandkitty loves to hang out and sleep in the bathroom sink. So why is it that cats love to be in boxes and sinks? It makes them feel safe. They feel they can monitor paths of approach and attack if there is only one way in (Ask Meta Filter).
I've come to expect I will always be cleaning cat hair out of the bathroom sink. It is just the cost of doing business when you have cats. Check out this adorabe slideshow at http://catsinsinks.com/
In a room full of cat lovers, why does the cat make its way straight to the person who does not like cats? In the cat world, eye contact is considered to be a challenge. The person who does not want the cat is not looking at them and so the cat feels that person is in no way a threat to them. You thought they were just being a nuisance, didn't you?
Dogs may also perceive eye contact as a threat. This is why it is wise to teach children not to make eye contact with a dog. The best way to defend themselves is to "be a tree". This means arms down and look at your shoes. Conversely, a pet parent who practices good eye contact skills will establish themselves as the pack leader and have a well behaved dog.
As you know, next week is National Dog Bite Awareness Week. I was surfing the net hoping to find some activities in my area. The closest is in Toronto May 14-15: Jin Shin Jyutsu for You and Your Animal Companions. Of course I had to know what the heck Jin Shin Jyutsu is and how it is relevant to dog bite awareness. The class is being offered by Jin Shin Jyutsu Toronto. Check out Jin Shin Jyutsu for your animals. The lady in the video, Adele Leas, will be teaching the class.
It is a physio-philosophy that involves the application of the hands for gently balancing the flow of life energy in the body; more generally, it is the awakening to awareness of complete harmony within the self and the universe.
There are two important distinctions between Jin Shin Jyutsu and many other massage and oriental healing modalities to which it is often compared.
First, Jin Shin Jyutsu is an art, as opposed to a technique; a technique is a mechanical application, whereas an art is a skillful creation. Second, Jin Shin Jyutsu is not a physical manipulation of tissue and uses only minimal pressure. The hands are used as "jumper cables," contacting 26 "safety energy locks" to redirect, or unblock the flow of energy along its pathways.
Here is a great idea for your cats (maybe small dogs too) that is so inexpensive it is almost like stealing. I purchased a package of 5 brown paper yard waste bags on sale for 99 cents to use as "tunnels" for my cats. They love it! They stay open because the paper is fairly rigid. Another way to use them that I haven't tried yet would be to cut the bottom of the bag out so that it is an open tunnel they can go straight through.
If you are crafty, you could use some non-toxic craft paint or markers to decorate the outside of the bag. Throw some toys in there and stand back and watch the fun. Try it! Ya gotta love a fun, sturdy, safe toy for about 20 cents. Better still, it lasts a long time and they can't lose it.
When a cat pants, it is an indication that something is wrong, possibly life-threatening. Panting is unusual for cats so be vigilant if you notice it. Often times it is from being overheated. They could be on the verge of heat stroke. It could also be a signal for health problems such as respiratory, cardiovascular, or neurological illness. If it is heat, take measures to cool the cat down immediately. In any case, always contact your veterinarian to be sure.
For dogs, panting is normal. It is part of the dog's cooling system. Dogs have sweat glands on the ears and pads of the feet but the tongue is the main part of their cooling system. If your dog is panting excessively, it may be a signal for health problems such as respiratory, cardiovascular or neurological illness. Only you can know if your dog is panting "unusually" or excessively. Just as with cats, take measures to cool the dog down if it is heat. As always, contact your veterinarian for advice.