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Why Does My Cat… Kick Her Back Legs?

Have you ever reached out to pet your cat only to have her roll onto her back, wrap her forelimbs around your hands, and attempt to kick at you with her hind legs? This behavior can seem startling, but there are a couple of reasons she does it. Cats sometimes kick with their hind legs…

Why Does My Cat… Chase Me?

“I’ve had a lot of owners come in with wounds from their cats playing with them inappropriately,” says Sharon Crowell-Davis, DVM, DACVB, professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. “We sometimes encounter a behavioral problem in cats when they’re confined to a house and don’t have adequate or appropriate opportunities…

Why Does My Dog… Make a Beeline for Cat Food?

Why Does My Dog… Make a Beeline for Cat Food? There’s a well-known scene in the movie Jaws where Richard Dreyfuss’ character cuts open the belly of a shark and pulls out some unexpected items, including a Louisiana license plate. As some pet owners and all vets know, an X-ray of a pooch’s stomach is…

Why Does My Cat… Groom Excessively?

If it seems like your favorite feline spends most of his waking hours grooming himself, you are probably right. Cats typically spend anywhere from 15 to 50 percent of their time grooming themselves, and this is considered normal behavior for them. It’s also important to realize that grooming fulfills more than one function in their…

Why Does My Dog… Lick Other Dogs’ Muzzles?

What could be cuter than your puppy giving his doggy pal a smooch on the nose? Nothing, really. But is your dog actually planting a kiss on his buddy? Yes, but that’s only one reason your dog may lick another dog’s muzzle. What Your Dog Wants During an introduction, a timid and lower-ranking dog will…

Why Does My Dog… Hate Having His Paws Touched

Despite the fact that dogs’ feet are pretty tough, canines are still sensitive about having their paws manhandled — especially if it involves toenail trimming. Dogs who’ve had their nails trimmed too aggressively may react negatively when they spot clippers in the future. This makes sense given that mammalian extremities — the feet, ears and…

Why Does My Dog… Eat Poop?

Dog eats poop. Pet owner gags. Dog eats poop again. Pet owner runs screaming from the room. Yes, it’s disgusting. Yes, it’s potentially unhealthy. And, yes, it’s fairly common in the animal world. A pup will eat his own poop for a number of reasons: He thinks it smells and tastes good. (Dogs are notoriously…

Why Does My Dog… Drop to the Ground When He Sees Other Dogs?

Dropping to the ground is “a play solicitation,” says Sharon Crowell-Davis, DVM, DACVB, professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. Dogs use body language, including several play solicitations, to communicate their intentions. “One of [these solicitations] is to just drop to the ground, and one of them is what we…

Why Does My Dog… Do a Poop Dance

For many creatures, dance is a form of ritual. Prairie chickens attract mates by performing an elaborate courtship dance. Honeybees alert other bees to nectar with a unique waggle. As for dogs, well, they have the poop dance. All canines may not perform the jiggy, but for those who do, the steps are instantly recognizable:…

Why Does My Dog… Dig in the Trash Can?

Why do dogs love to dig through our trash? The answer may lie far back in our shared history. According to most experts, dogs were domesticated from wolves by humans several thousand years ago. The speculation is that wolves may initially have been captured as puppies or tamed due to living in proximity to human…

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