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Washington Post – Dogs and cats often behave in amusing and confusing ways. Sometimes science can explain their behaviour.

Other times, their behavior may require a visit to a vet. And sometimes, there is no logic to what they do, or why they do it.

Washington Post He invited readers to submit photos and videos of the animals accompanying them doing funny, silly, or inexplicable things, and then seek comment from animal behavior experts.

They are the Director of the Thinking Dog Center at CUNY Hunter College Sarah-Elizabeth Byosiere; Director of the Arizona Dog Recognition Center at the University of Arizona Evan McClain; Monique O’Dell, Director of the Human-Animal Interaction Laboratory at Oregon State University; Feline Minds founder Mikel Delgado; Kristyn Vitale Assistant Professor of Animal Health and Behavior, Unity College; and dog researcher and doctoral student at Queen’s University Belfast Clara Wilson.

The images and videos lack context, so the ideas expressed by the researchers should be considered anecdotal and speculative.

“Many experts and non-cooperatives will disagree about what they think is happening here,” Beausser said. “There may be more explanations. Only with more snapshots and insight can we begin to narrow down our thoughts.”

Sophie, a five-year-old short-haired domestic cat, loves to sleep in a lamp. Photos: Washington Post
Evie, a one-year-old short-haired calico cat, playing with a rabbit

Ghost, the dog who just discovered is a foot

Joanne Houston said Ghost, a one-year-old Australian cattle dog, decided to attack her leg.

Maclean: “This can be fun, but sometimes this type of behavior actually reflects a problem. Sometimes it’s the result of trauma and stereotypical behavior associated with ‘floating limb syndrome’, which occurs with the tail as well.”

“Or your dog could respond to a nagging sensation in his leg, which may reflect an underlying physical condition. Cute if it happens once or twice comically, but if it’s normal behaviour, it is a good idea to share it with your vet.”

Odile: “There are a few different reasons a dog may appear to be attacking or biting parts of their body, such as their paws or legs. If this is a new behavior, the first thing to rule out is a medical condition such as an allergy or injury that could draw attention to the area.

“Dogs sometimes chew or lick themselves in unusual or excessive ways when not stimulated or stressed. Some dogs may respond compulsively to movement of their body parts as prey. While the behavior may not always cause a problem, often this behavior indicates An underlying condition causing the dog distress and should be discussed with a veterinarian or animal behavior specialist.”

Evie, the cat who loves to play with rabbits

“Evie is a very quirky cat,” a human, Lucy Kirschen, told her. “She is very talkative and still has the voice of a kitten, even though she is over a year old. She is a very gentle cat and loves to play with our other pets, including our rabbits. Perhaps her most distinguishing feature is her third eyelid, which is often visible on the The corner of her eye. The eyelid doesn’t obstruct her ability to see, but it makes her unique.”

Vital: “This cat has formed a friendship. Despite common stereotypes of cats being socially aloof, given the right life experiences, cats can develop emotional relationships with many different animals.

“I’ve heard other stories of cats becoming unexpected friends with potential animals like birds and rodents.”

Delgado: “I would check with a vet because I understand that the appearance of the third eyelid is usually associated with a medical problem. This is not a behavioral whim.

“Cats and rabbits can be friends and playmates, when properly introduced and supervised.”

Milo, the cat who eats baskets

Milo loves to chew on his beds,” said Chris Lindemann, one of the two pet parents. “He did this with a basket and it made such a mess, I took it away and now he does it with a cardboard box. He doesn’t eat it, just chews it and spit it out. He’s a shelter cat. We got him when he was two years old in January 2018.

“He lost one of the dogs, which had disintegrated and had to be removed when we adopted him. He is large, healthy and very happy, and does not scratch or chew anything else. We have never had a cat do this strange thing before.”

Vital: “Play involves natural behaviours, such as hunting, chasing, or even ripping baskets. Domestic cats do not usually find prey animals in the home. For this reason, cats sometimes treat household items like prey.”

“This cat would probably take advantage of its natural predatory behavior to dissect something, only being playfully directed to a basket rather than a bird or mouse.”

Delgado: “Cats may chew on non-food items for various reasons, including digestive issues, dental discomfort, boredom, or just because they enjoy it.

“When a cat eats non-food items, this is a condition called pica. It seems we are only chewing and not swallowing.

“I always recommend mentioning this to the vet to make sure there is no medical issue with the behavior. I think cardboard chewing is safer than a basket, as those little bits can be swallowed.

“When I present to a client who has ‘chew’, we always look for ways to create a more stimulating environment, such as climbing perches, scratching posts, bird feeders to watch through the window, and interactive playtime where a human moves a toy stick to their cat several times a day.

“You might also want to try some safe ‘chewing toys’ designed for cats, or ask your vet if your cat can get as much of the larger dental kymbles possible and give cats an outlet to grind and chew.”

Douglas, the dog with the “death roll”

Douglas, a two-year-old golden retriever, “drops and plays halfway,” said his human, Ethan Lee. “I call it the ‘Death List’ because it rolls over and stops moving.”

Wilson: “Dogs are quick learners, and many behaviors that seem random to us often serve to your dog’s benefit. When your dog starts doing something new, you can ask yourself: “What is my dog’s outcome when this behavior appears?”

“Perhaps lovable Douglas has learned that rolling on his back while walking leads to attention—even if it’s unintentional. All eyes are on him now, belly rubs, strangers coming in to interact, walking lasts longer, or perhaps even rewards offered as an incentive to walk again.”

Biocer: “If you watch the video slowly, you will see the golden man putting his nose on the ground for a few seconds before flipping upside down. Once you see upside down, you see a lot of nose licking. You see this nose licking when dogs are trying to get olfactory sensory information. For example , in dogs or puppies that detect odor acting on the nose, you will see them do so during the search.

“My idea here is that there is something extra that smells delicious and that the dog would like to know more about! It took a pause of walking to gather all the scent information and there is some ground rolling that dogs sometimes do when they find things that smell pleasant—them; we generally don’t like what They trade it.”

Sophie, the cat who falls asleep in the lamp

“Sophie loves to sit and sleep on one arm of my couch,” said her pet mom, Ruth Ferber. “There is a table by that part of the sofa with a long table lamp. Sophie sits on her hind legs on her arm, puts her head under the lampshade, puts her paws on either side of the lamp, and goes to sleep. If that lamp is not lit, she goes to two other tables with lamps the table and taking naps or sunbathing under her heat lamp. I have had cats for 46 years, and while they are very cute, they are certainly the most exotic.”

Wilson: “Although most species of wild cats remain in isolation during daylight hours, it has been recorded that some wild cats come out of their hiding places to bathe in patches of
from sunlight.

“The domestic cat seems to have retained this trait, because we often see cats drawn to the light and warmth that is where the sunlight hits. Sophie probably cleverly realized that, even on rainy days, the lamp provides a well-suited source of warmth and light to relax in.”

Odile: “Cats have a normal body temperature that is higher than human, so what may feel like a comfortable room temperature to us may feel a little cold to them. Many cats also like to rest in enclosed spaces, one reason why boxes, drawers and hidden places Other among the favorite sleeping places for cats.

“While choosing this cat to nap upright on a lamp is certainly odd, it may gain warmth and a sense of protection from the site.”

Lizzie, the dog that “talks with ghosts”

Lizzie is a five-year-old English Bulldog Rescue Student. Pet father, Joshua Levine, said Lizzie is talking to ghosts in our historic home. They become mobile and bark excitedly from anything.

She often pauses, looks attentive for a while, and then barks more as if she’s reacting. She only does this before the sun rises in that part of the house.

Wilson: “It’s possible that Lizzie picks up ways that interior lights reflect off the glass. This may be why this only happens when there is low natural light outside, as these reflections fade as the sun rises. Some dogs, especially herding breeds, have been reported to respond in similar ways. for light reflections, which can become a problem if behaviors become obsessive. Further investigation will be needed to understand the basis of this behavior but since it only occurs at a certain place and time, it is likely that something is triggering it.”

Odile: “Dogs can hear and smell things that are beyond human perception, so our dogs often look like they are barking at anything when there may be something real in there.

Looking at Lizzie’s video suggests that she can look out the windows, which reflect the image of the room and the people in it.”

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