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9 Weird Cat Behaviors Explained

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Cat running across the house at full speed for no reason? Turns out there actually is an explanation for that, and the rest of your cat’s weird behavior. Cats are surprisingly excellent communicators and their behavior is their method of communicating with you. Take note if your cat displays the following behavior.

  1. Sprinting across home. Perhaps one of the most random cat behavior, these sprints are completely normal. Cats need regular exercise and occasionally a burst of energy overtakes them and they sprint about. If your cat does this frequently, try taking your cat for a walk or playing with her more.
  2. Nail biting. You may have seen this behavior before: your cat relaxing on the ground, paws up to mouth, and gnawing on their nails. This can mean  a few things including she needs a nail trim, she’s anxious, or bored. Try playing with your cat more to naturally wear down her nails, and keep her entertained and happy.
  3. Rolling around on the ground. If your cat rolls around on the ground in front of you, she’s telling you that she trusts you and may even want a belly scratch.
  4. Sniffing you or your face. Cats are curious creatures and use their sense of smell to learn more about the environment. If you don’t mind letting your cat sniff you, let the behavior continue. It’s natural and innocent.
  5. Biting. Your cat’s natural instincts tell her to bite when she’s aggressive or feeling threatened. Most biting is a provoked behavior or your cat’s way of letting you know she’s unhappy.
  6. Licking. Though this is a behavior attributed to dogs, cats lick their owners too. It’s just their way of claiming you as their human.
  7. Loud, whining meowing. This whining behavior is just that: whining for something. Whether it’s for attention or food, you cat is trying to tell you they need something. If you cat is older, this could be a form of kitty confusion and they simply may not know where they are or what they’re doing.
  8. Eating grass. There’s a few theories to explain this behavior. Some experts think that grass aids in digestion or contains enzymes that cats need in their diet. Since cats don’t have the ability to digest vegetable matter, they’ll usually throw up grass if eaten. Not to worry, this is totally normal and does not harm your cat.
  9. Waking you up. Cats are nocturnal and usually most active at night. Waking you up stems mostly from boredom. If you cat has been snoozing all day and only sees you for a short time before you go to bed, they might feel bored or lonely. You cat just wants your company and attention.

Dog Sunburn: The Basics

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Sunburn & Your Dog

Did you know dogs can get sunburn? Just like humans, dogs have skin that can be sensitive to the harsh rays of the sun. Too much sun exposure can lead to skin cancer. It is important to protect your pooch and keep their skin healthy as the sunnier months approach.

What Types Of Dogs Get Sunburn?

Any type of dog can get sunburned. However, dogs with lighter or less fur are more susceptible to burning. Dogs with white or light colored fur, short fur, or hairless breeds have less natural protection from the sun. Dogs like pitbulls, dalmatians, greyhounds etc. are most likely to experience sunburn. In addition, dogs that live near the beach, are frequently outdoors, or love to sunbathe, should be watched more closely to monitor sunburn.

Where Do Dogs Get Sunburned?

Dog fur is a natural protector against the sun. Any area of your dog with less or no hair is more susceptible to sunburn. Areas like nose, ears, underbelly, and around the mouth have less fur protection. You can tell if a dog has sunburn if their skin looks pink or red, or feels leathery. Dogs usually do not get blisters like humans do when they are sunburned.

How To Prevent Sunburn

There are several precautions to take in minimizing your pet’s risk for sunburn.
– Keep your dog inside at peak sunny hours of the day during the sunny summer months. Aside from the weather being especially hot during midday hours, the sun is it’s brightest and most likely to burn your pup.
– Use pet-friendly sunscreen (one without zinc) on the sensitive, exposed areas of their skin. Reapply sunscreen every few hours or more frequently if your dog is playing in water.
– Put your dog in a doggy sunsuit to prevent UV rays from hitting their skin.
– Do not shave your dog in the summer. Their fur is their best protector and prevents them from sun and overheating.

What To Do If My Dog Gets Sunburned

If your dog has a mild burn, natural aloe can be used to sooth their skin. You should also keep the burn moisturized and may use coconut oil or shea butter. If the burn is 2nd or 3rd degree, you should take your dog to the vet immediately. From there, your dog will likely be shaved and the burn will be treated and bandaged.