Pet Feelings: Dr. Innis Cloete

Thursday, July 1, 2021 3:27 pm
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Doctors Innis Cloete owner of Kingsway Vet Centre joined Bec and Jeziel in the studio. Today he spoke about pet feelings and how we can know what our pets feel. 

How can we tell what our DOGS feel?

  1. Wagging of the tail. Wagging dogs tails does not necessarily mean that they are happy. In most cases, yes but sometimes these wagging tails can symbolize anxiety as well. They can easily bite you when their tails are wagging as well. You have to look at the rest of their body language.
  2. Showing of teeth. Whenever dogs show their teeth it is usually a sign that they are upset, angry, nervous or anxious which leads them to protect themselves. This is when we need to stay away and avoid touching them because they might snap and bite us.
  3. Tails between their legs. This is a common sign of dogs being scared and they might attack if this feeling persists.

How can we tell what our CATS feel?

  1. Cats flicking the tip of their tales. Cats flick their tales when they are annoyed or irritated. It is probably best to stay away because the cat can start scratching or attacking you.
  2. However when they rub their bodies and tales against you it means they are happy and content with you. They do this to spread their pheromones.
  3. Downward tails. When their tails are down and they shake their bum and hips they are in a stalking mode and ready to pounce or catch their prey. So be prepared to see a lunge.
  4. Claws. When the cat’s claws come out it is a definite sign that they are not happy. When they scratch and claw you it means they are defending themselves. That is the only way to protect themselves.

Our feelings towards our dogs

When you are close to your animal they can start reading your body language and pick up on your behaviour. For example, people with diabetes or epilepsy. They can pick up on illnesses and bad moods. They can warn you before an attack happens. They can smell the change in oils in your body and skin. Dogs have a much better sense of smell than we do.

“Their sense of smell is 35 times more potent or stronger than ours” – Dr. Innis Cloete

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