The images and videos lack context, so the ideas expressed by the researchers should be considered anecdotal and speculative. “Many experts and non-experts 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.”
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Ghost, the dog who just discovered she has feet
Ghost, a one-year-old Australian cattle dog, decided to attack her leg, says human Joan Houston.
MacLean: “This can be playful, but sometimes this type of behavior really 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 the dog can respond to an upsetting sensation. in the leg, which may reflect an underlying physical condition. Cute if it happens once or twice comically, but if it’s normal behavior it’s a good idea to share it with the vet.”
Udell: “There are a few different reasons a dog may appear to be attacking or biting parts of their body, such as the palm or leg. 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. Sometimes Dogs 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, this behavior often indicates an underlying condition that is causing 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,” says human Lucy Kirchen. “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 have heard other stories of cats becoming unexpected friends with potential prey 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 great friends and companions, when properly introduced and supervised.”
Milo, the cat who eats baskets
Milo loves to chew on his bed, says pet dad Chris Lindemann. “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, he just chews it and spit it out. He is a shelter cat. We got him when he was two years old in January 2018. He lost one dog , which had disintegrated and had to be removed when he adopted it. He is large, healthy and very happy, and doesn’t scratch or chew anything else. We’ve never had him do this strange thing before.”
Vital: “Playing involves natural behaviours, such as hunting, chasing, or even ripping off baskets. With the exception of the occasional mouse or insect, domestic cats do not usually find prey animals in the home. For this reason, cats sometimes treat household items like prey. They are likely to take advantage of these A cat’s natural predatory behavior is to dissect something, only being playfully directed toward a basket rather than a bird or a mouse.”
Delgado: “Cats can chew on non-food items for various reasons, including digestive issues, dental discomfort, boredom, or just because they enjoy it. When a cat swallows non-food items, it’s a condition called pica. We seem to only chew and not swallow. 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 you are introduced to a client who has ‘chew’ we are always looking for ways to create an environment More stimulating, such as climbing perches, scratching posts, bird feeders to watch through the window, and interactive playtime where humans move the toy stick to their cat several times a day.You may also want to try some safe “chew toys” designed for cats, or ask your vet what If your cat can get as much as possible the dental meals are bigger and give the cats an outlet to grind and chew.”
Douglas, the dog owner of the “Death Roll”
Douglas, a two-year-old Golden Retriever, loves to “fall and play halfway,” says his human, Ethan Lee. “I call it the ‘Death List’ because it rolls over and stops moving.”
Wilson: “Dogs learn quickly, and many behaviors that seem random to us often serve a function for your dog. When your dog begins to do something new, you can ask yourself, “What is my dog’s outcome when this behavior appears?” Lovable Douglas probably 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.”
Byosiere: “If you watch the video slowly, you’ll see Golden put his nose to 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 For example, in dogs or dogs that do scent detection running on the nose, you’ll see them doing this while searching. My thinking here is that there’s something extra that smells delicious and the dog wants to know more about it! The ground rolling that dogs sometimes do when they find things that smell pleasant—to them; we generally don’t like what they trade.”
MacLean: “Sometimes you just need a break.”
Sophie, the cat who falls asleep in the lamp
“Sophie loves to sit and sleep on one arm of my couch,” said pet mother, 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 although they are very cute, they are certainly the most exotic.”
Wilson: “Although most species of wild cats remain in seclusion during daylight hours, they have been registered Some wild cats come out of their lairs to bathe in patches of sunlight. The domestic cat seems to have retained this trait, as we often see cats drawn to the light and warmth that is where sunlight hits. Sophie probably cleverly realized that, even on rainy days, a lamp provides a well-suited source of warmth and light to relax in.”
Odell: “Cats have a higher normal body temperature than humans, 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, which is one of the reasons boxes and drawers And other hidden places are among the cats’ favorite sleeping places. While this cat’s choice to nap upright over a lamp is certainly odd, you may gain warmth and a sense of protection from the location.”
Lizzie, the dog that “talks to ghosts”
Lizzie is a 5-year-old English Bulldog Rescue Student. Lizzie talks to ghosts in our historic home, says pet parent Joshua Levine. They become mobile and bark excitedly at…nothing. 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 is possible that Lizzie could recognize the ways 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 have been reported to respond, especially Herding breeds, in similar ways to light reflections, which can become a problem if the behaviors become obsessive.Further investigation will be needed to understand the basis of this behavior but since it only occurs in a certain place and a certain time, it is likely that something is triggering it. “.
Odell: “Dogs can hear and smell things beyond human perception, so our dogs often seem to be barking at anything when there might be something real there. For example, in a historic home at dawn, it is possible for a dog to bark at the sounds and smells of a mouse. He rushes into the wall – something that might be very conspicuous to the dog but might be impossible for us to detect ourselves.However, looking at Lizzie’s video indicates that she can look out the windows reflecting the image of the room and the people in. When it’s dark outside and it lights up The light is inside, the windows often act as mirrors. Many dogs fail to recognize themselves in the mirrors, so it seems likely that Lizzie might be accustomed to barking at the mysterious visiting dog that disappears at dawn – also known as her reflection.”
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