Understanding your cat’s body language

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We would all love to read the minds of our furbabies, to know what it is that they want and need with no guessing. The next best thing we can do though is read their body language.

Just like humans, cats show exactly how they are feeling through their posture and movements, so by getting to grips with the small movements which give away a lot, you will learn what your furry friend is trying to communicate.

So working from head to tail, let us show you more about what it all means…

EARS

Happy – upright

Focused -twitchy

Frightened and anxious- flattened

EYES

Happy – heavy lidded

Relaxed – blinking slowly

Focused – narrowed

Fearful  – gaze angled upwards

Angry – hard and focussed

BODY

Happy and content – stretched out, showing their belly

Focused – low to the ground and hind legs coiled

Anxious  -arched back

Fearful – straightened front legs and fluffed up

Angry- Stiff front legs or crouching

TAIL

Happy- still – or held high with a slight curl if they’re standing to say hello to you.

Focused- Held out low and twitching as they get ready to pounce

Anxious- Still or moving slowly side to side at the tip

Fearful ­– Held under the body or slashing from side

Angry- Stiff and straight or curled under the body

Learning more about how your cat shows their emotions means the next time your four-legged friend is stressed or scared you will be able to communicate in a way to help soothe and reassure them, and here at PetSafe we are committed to healthy pets and happy owners.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of taking your dog to work

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Bring Your Dog to Work Day is an annual nationwide event in the UK that raises money for charities dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of dogs and takes place on the 24th June.  As well as raising funds for a great cause, the day promises to bring a change to your average work day. So if you’re looking to get involved, be aware of the benefits and challenges to make this run as smoothly as possible- and give your dog a day to remember!

DO

  • Consider transport

It shouldn’t be a problem for you if you drive to work and your dog is used to riding with you in the car, however if you take public transport it might be a problem. Check bus and train information before you take your pup with you.

  • Keep to your routine as much as possible

If your dog is used to going for an early morning walk, make sure you’re taking them on their morning walk before setting off to work. Feed them at their regular mealtimes as much as possible and keep to their outside routine as if they were home. They may become agitated or restless if they’re kept inside in the office all day and should be exercised as often as usual.

  • Respect your co-workers

For those who don’t have dogs as pets or have never had much interaction with dogs, a dog in the office all day may seem a little overwhelming. If this is the case, consider bringing your dogs crate to keep them contained at points during the day. If there are people with allergies in the office the likelihood is you won’t be able to take your dog with you, so check with co-workers before bringing your pup in.  Not everyone likes dogs and some have dog phobias (cynophobia) don’t consider it your duty to try to help people with dog phobias to overcome their phobia unless you’re an expert in this field.

DON’T

  • Expect your pup to entertain themselves all day

An ideal start to the day would be an active journey to work, either a walk or a run, to drain a little of your dogs energy before expecting them to settle in a busy and exciting surrounding. It is also important to pack some of your pups’ belongings to ease them into a new environment, their favourite toy and bed will keep them entertained and calm with familiar things.

  • Neglect your dogs needs

You will be fairly certain before taking your dog into work whether they will react well to a new environment, some dogs will find it too overwhelming, whereas a calmer dog will handle the change well. If they have a nervous personality, consider a shorter time in the office starting at a half day and getting them used to the surroundings before committing to a full day. Make sure you have time in your schedule to attend to their needs, give them praise and affection and take them outside for walks.

  • Let your dog become territorial

Taking your dogs bed not only calms them with familiar surroundings, it also lets them know that that is their place. Your dog will feel calmer knowing they have a place of their own rather than trying to find their own space, as they are more likely to become territorial.

Sharing your working day with your furry companion should be an enjoyable experience and done with enough planning and care it will be! Studies have found that the presence of pets in the workplace reduces a person’s stress and increases morale, so it’s time to give your dog a job, and bring them to work!

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Should my dog be swimming in there?

Taking your dog out around a lake or reservoir is a lovely treat for the both of you, especially as the weather is warming up. At PetSafe® we want to ensure all our pups are happy and healthy, so we bring you our best practices for those times when your dog just can’t resist a swim!

Some breeds enjoy the water more than others such as Newfoundland’s, Retrievers and Cocker Spaniels, however it also depends on their experience with water. Some dogs are initially nervous around water and need reassurance, taking them along to hydrotherapy classes will help them develop the feeling and their confidence around water.  Never force dogs into the water as this is more likely to make them scared of water possibly for all of their life.

Some will benefit from wearing a life jacket and this will provide you with peace of mind. Start slowly and introduce your pup to shallow water that covers their feet to get them used to the feeling. Slowly you will find they become confident enough to jump in without the jacket, it can take anything from weeks to months.

Once you’re confident you can take them somewhere with large bodies of water it’s important to ensure you’re adhering to any Public Space Protection Orders.  These will should be clearly signposted to walkers that dogs must be kept on a lead, under control from entering certain areas such as farmlands and cleaned up after. The penalties for not following these Orders can be a £100 on the spot fine (in the UK).

If you’re certain the water is available to swim in, the next thing to look out for is any health or safety issues. Any particularly dirty water should be avoided for a thirsty dog, so make sure you have a clean source of water available if your pup is looking tempted by a murky looking pond. In public areas, a quick scan of the surroundings will be able to tell you of any safety concerns. In the summer toxic blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria) can grow on the surface of water and this is extremely poisonous to dogs.  Authorities will normally place notices about the hazard of blue-green algae when they are aware of it.

A lot of public beaches allow dogs on leads however some don’t allow them at all, so make sure you check restrictions before you set off. The off-season usually sees a relaxed rule for dogs when they are less busy, whenever you decide to visit make sure to clean up any mess, to keep the privilege available to all dog owners.

If you don’t have any dog-friendly lakes or beaches available, there are many other options to get your dog cooled off in the warm summer months. An inflatable paddling pool, a skip full of water or a dog-specific plastic pool will keep your pooch entertained and splashing happily!

 

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