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The difference between cats & dogs and humans 

Some do’s and don’ts for pet owners

Animal lovers make their pets part of their family and often treat them as their children. Truth is, dogs and cats (or any other domesticated animal) couldn’t be more different than humans in their reactions to and understanding of things that go on around them. Animals, for instance, don’t like to have their personal space invaded, especially if it involves restraining them in any way. Though dogs can be trained and practice restraint within their circle of humans — less so with cats — people shouldn’t be surprised when they display primal instincts. Here are some things humans consistently do that really bug their pets.

click to enlarge Some signs a dog isn’t comfortable being hugged: ears back, lips apart, head turned away and body leaning away.
  • Some signs a dog isn’t comfortable being hugged: ears back, lips apart, head turned away and body leaning away.

What dogs hate

Ambiguous body language/verbal cues

• Being approached by a stranger who is making eye contact

• Being bored

• Being rushed during walks

• Being forced to socialize with people and dogs they don't like

• Holding or messing with their face (it's a personal space issue and a main cause for dog bites)

Hugging (they feel dominated, restrained and anxious)

Inconsistent rules (dogs don't understand why they can snuggle on the couch with you when you're sick but not at other times)

• Lack of rules

• Messing with their paws

Patting their head, in particular, can be uncomfortable (scratch them above the tail instead)

Teasing

• Their human to be tense

• Walking on a tight leash



click to enlarge Cats hate baths and generally don’t need them to stay clean.
  • Cats hate baths and generally don’t need them to stay clean.

What cats hate

Aggressive petting

Baths and being in water in general

Being ignored when they want attention

• Being petted "against the grain" of their coat

Belly rubs

Car rides (they get motion sickness)

Changes in routine and home environment

• Getting nails cut makes them feel defenseless

Loud noises

• Messing with their paws

Too much attention when they're not in the mood

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