A more profound connection with your pets will allow you to communicate fully with them.
And for this, you need to know what kind of common prejudices about pets there are.
And the first thing: you should stop attributing to them certain feelings that you would like to see in them.
Anthropomorphism is an ancient way of thinking; a contemporary person can learn animal sign language. About these kinds of signals, we will talk in the article.
What About Dogs?
Frequently we wrongly read the signals which animals give us. And it is no wonder because mistakenly we perceive them as “small fluffy people”.
But in fact, they see the world differently. Cognitive researches show curious results.
For example dog’s wagging tail can be not only a demonstration of the dog’s joy, but also it can mean that dog knows the object in front of him.
If the dog sees its owner then the tail is inclined more on the right side. And if he sees an unknown person or dog its tail wagging is inclined to the left side.
Just this small simple detail shows how much our pets’ physiology can tell us about their thoughts.
It’s a known fact that dogs have a perfect sense of smell: the number of olfactory cells they have ranges from 200 million to a billion.
Due to the peculiarities of the respiratory system and the structure of the olfactory organs, they can capture pheromones and hormones, and there is even an opinion that they can feel our mood thanks to their scent.
Dogs have so-called stereo smell sense: it’s a secret way to exhale air through the side opening of the nostrils.
This way they can exhale and inhale at the same time. And nostrils can work separately, each of them can give its own “picture”.
This is why they can smell small signals like for example trails of the concrete person that visited the premise, or tiny signs of the presence of the explosives.
Dogs can also define time and condition by smell. People watch in the mirror to understand what is happening with their bodies, we are searching for the visual signals.
But dogs can track changes(their own or in those who they surround) with the help of smell.
Weak scents are usually the “old ones” and the strong scents are “newer”.
That is why it is important not to block this communication channel.
Studies show that if you don’t limit your dog with scent consumption- and even better if you develop this skill, they feel more comfortable and optimistic and, less anxious and aggressive.
What About Cats?
And now let’s talk about the cats. And here we too don’t quite understand those who live near us.
Obviously, the relations between the different species can appear misunderstandings. It is quite logical.
So, how to understand each other? In the first place, we should accept that our psychologies are different. People are socially active and as a rule, are in need of each other.
But isn’t it strange to wait for the same attitude from the cats? We survive in groups, they survive alone.
So when your exotic shorthair doesn’t sit with you for four hours while you watch TV, and just meets you when you come home and then goes away – you shouldn’t be disappointed. This thought should be accepted.
A second difference is concluded in the fact that cats express their emotions in an inactive way. Unlike dogs, they choose passive ways of expressing discomfort or anxiety.
When we are screaming or crying cats prefer to hide. In stressful situations, they prefer to go away, so they can observe and collect information in a quiet ambiance. That way they can feel themself safer.
The third difference- is the way they communicate. People communicate with words, cats also send signals but a little bit differently.
For example, with the help of the scents(like when they piss in our shoes), with body language and sound signals.
So when you are visiting a veterinary and your cat purrs it doesn’t mean that he likes it.
He just calms himself, vibrations from the purring make him feel better.
As you already understood it is important not just to notice signals and signs, which our pets give us, but also read them correctly.
So, what should be done to create an optimal space for a cat? Firstly, provide her with a comfortable place – it is better if it is at a height that provides a good overview.
This guarantees a sense of calm and stability. Secondly, satisfy her hunting instinct in games and activities – otherwise, your cat will start hunting for your ankles.
And most importantly, accept the fact that your cat may need less intense contact than you do. Remember to be respectful to pets.
Why is It Good to Have Pets at Home?
Now that we have talked about obligations, we can move on to the pluses of coexistence.
Anyone who has a pet knows that after a hard day at work, you want to relieve stress in the company of your beloved cat or dog.
Oddly enough, the very presence of animals in the house reduces the level of tension and aggression.
So if you think about breathing life in your home, pet may be a good choice. Studies confirm that when we are communicating with animals in our bodies is produced oxytocin.
Of course, not only the very presence of a pet is important, but also the quality of the relationship built with them.
Pets can also become a “bridge” for social rapprochement, help a person find new friends, and turn out to be real salvation from desperate loneliness for people who for some reason are deprived of society.
The need to take care of an animal can often keep a person afloat – give him the motivation to get up in the morning, follow the regime, and not despair.
After all, he is needed by someone! And this applies not only to the elderly or sick people but also to those who are prone to apathy and depression.
Not to mention specially trained dogs that become part of the family for people with disabilities and help them get closer to others.