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How much do you understand your cat’s behavior? The Cats Protection’s new video explains the emotions cats try to communicate through their behavior such as when they roll over, flatten their ears or extend their tail upwards.

Three quarters of cat owners polled by the Cats Protection did not know that an upright tail means a cat is pleased to see them and is a sign of greeting

Body language in cats

One in 20 people polled thought their cat rubbing against furniture or walls was due to an itchy face. According to Cats Protection, cats rub against things is a way to deposit scent

Body language in cats

Four in ten cat owners did not know that a cat with flattened ears indicated that they are scared and in need of a place to hide.

Body language in cats

A third of owners thought their cat lies on its back shows they want their tummies scratched, but in fact it means cats are relaxed and trust you – and want their head rubbed briefly instead

Body language in cats

Half of owners were unaware cats signal stress by licking their lips

Body language in cats

When cats blink slowly and then turn their heads to the side, it indicates that they trust you and are relaxed.

Body language in cats

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Source: Daily Mail.

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"Is the mousie coming yet?" "No, not yet."

Cats are hunters who like to sneak up on their prey quietly in a stealth like fashion. Hiding is part of their hunting techniques which makes them virtually invisible to their prey, so they can deliver a much more powerful and sudden attack on their target.

Cats hide is also a way for them to protect themselves from potential danger or threat.

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Cats would do anything to catch their prey or toy

When it comes to hunting, cats take that very seriously. For indoor cats, they’d go after any small critters that somehow have crawled or flown into the house. A fruit fly for instance is purr-fect prey for cats. Cats can hear sounds that even dogs fail to hear.  With 2 satellite dish shaped ears, cats’ range of hearing goes up to ultrasonic which is superbly high. When you notice your cat staring at something on the wall, you know there is probably a bug in the house.

We often identify cat purrs as an expression of pleasure or contentment, but this does not explain why cats also purr when they are injured, frightened or even giving birth.

Cats often purr while under stress. They purr at a frequency between 25 and 150 Hertz. This range of sound frequency can improve bone density, healing of tendons, ligaments and muscles and provide some level of pain relief.

That explains why cats seem to be more resilient from an injury. Cat’s mythology of having the ability to reassemble their bones after an injury and having nine lives may be based on the power of purring. The survival rate of a cat that plummets from an extraordinary height is measured to be around 90% according to veterinary medicine researchers. Also, cats experience less complications after a surgical procedure than many other animals such as dogs. Compared to dogs, cats tend to heal faster and more easily.

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Oscar the cat who is known to habitually curl up on a bed with a terminally ill patient a couple hours before the patient departs. There are many speculations about why Oscar shows such unique ability.

The most probable explanation is that cats’ characteristic of being creatures of habits and the heavy dependence on their sense of smell in virtually every aspect of their life are perhaps the cause of Oscar’s “sixth sense.”

There has not been any scientific research on what may trigger Oscar’s ability to detect imminent death. However, it is very likely that certain scent or pheromone is the contributor to his behavior.

Dr. David Dosa was on Fox 64 this morning to talk about Oscar and the book (Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat) he wrote about this unbelievable feline. All the videos I found on YouTube are recorded back in 2007. This is perhaps the newest interview with Dr. David Dosa.

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Oscar

Oscar, a therapy cat at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island, was called the cat who could predict death or even a “furry grim reaper” or “four-legged angel of death.”

I was a bit irked, when the news about Oscar came about in the New England Journal of Medicine back in 2007, portraying the cat in a way that some people found it creepy. Though Dr. David Dosa who broke the news in the paper said he never intended to make Oscar sound negative, unfortunately, many people who read that piece might not truly understand such behavior.

Many cats have the ability to tell if somebody might be sick, including their own peers. When a person is ill, the body is thought to emit a slightly different scent or pheromone that an animal such as a cat can easily detect. In a multi-cat household, an ear mite infected cat is often found being cared for by his feline buddies. The way they care for each other is by grooming into the ears. In other cases, a sick cat tends to alienate himself from his own colony in order to prevent being attacked by other cats because his different smell may trigger an alarm with other cats within the same colony.

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There are more pet cats than dogs in the United States, but not every cat owner understands their cats. Many people think cats are aloof, solitary animals that are not very affectionate or expressive. In fact, many animal behaviorists would attest that cats are actually just as “social and expressive” as dogs.

The trick to understand your cat is to speak their language. Cats are wonderful communicators. They use their body, sound and smell to communicate.

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