Cannonball Kitty: Can Cats Swim?

Since it is thought that most cats hate water, there is a general consensus among pet owners that cats don’t swim. And, If your cat freaks every time they hear the bath being filled, chances are, you probably don’t relish the idea of testing this theory. 

If you have ever watched Animal Planet or a documentary about big cats like tigers, though,you probably have witnessed these big cats swimming across channels of water in the wild. This begs the question… do cats really hate water? Can they swim?

The question of whether whether or not cats swim, or should, is something we get often at Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital. Let’s clear up the mystery once and for all!

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Say What? A Look at Why Dogs Bark

Dog owners typically feel very tuned into their dogs. They may be able to simply tell what their dogs want or need based on body language or facial expressions. Likewise, an experienced owner knows implicitly what their pup is trying to say when they woof, yap, growl, yelp, snarl, or howl. 

The magic of a barking dog may be lost on someone disrupted by an intense, or repetitive bark (which can range between 80-100 decibels). However, dogs bark for many reasons, some of which provide great insight into complex canine emotions.

Closely Aligned

Dogs have proven to know a great deal about human emotions and moods. Since they are so dialed into us, we can return the favor by understanding why dogs bark. 

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10 Boredom Reducing Indoor Pet Exercises

If you are like the rest of the country, you have been stuck inside for the past month or two. While there is hope on the horizon for this pandemic to subside, we’re still indoors with our furry loved ones. Like us, our four-legged friends require daily exercise, mental enrichment, and interaction from their people. It not only encourages better health, it also helps reduce boredom that can result in destructive behaviors and stress.

The team at Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital is here with some of our best boredom busting indoor pet exercises. Continue reading to find out more!

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Feline Body Language: What Your Cat’s Tail is Trying to Tell You 

There are many ways that domestic felines choose to communicate. They have slow eye blinks that say “I love you” and head bumps to say “I’m Yours”. They also chirp at prey, twitch their whiskers, and puff up their fur coats to appear larger to potential threats,.

But at the forefront of feline body language, the tail is particularly skilled at signaling a cat’s likes, dislikes and deepest desires.

Rear-End Appendage

Beavers slap their tails to warn of danger. Horses whip their tails to swat away flies. Dogs wag their tails in a certain way to indicate emotion. 

Similarly, a cat’s tail is not just a tail. While primarily used for balance, their tail serves to communicate a feline’s physical and emotional state. Together with individualized meows and scent cues, owners can put together the subtleties of feline body language.

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