Cats – we’ve all either had one or known someone who has had one. They’re the cute little furry animal that we all love to pet. For the most part, they’re very friendly and social creatures.
They’re also very independent creatures, which is why people are often drawn to cats rather than dogs. Cats don’t require much attention at all – put out some food, water, a scratching post, and a litter box and that’s realistically all your cat needs.
Of course, we all want to do way more than the minimum for our cats. Petting them and playing with them are some of the more fun activities that you can do!
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There are some ways in which your cat does communicate what they want to do.
One of the more common ones is when a cat meows. This is because they want attention immediately. The meow is often in conjunction with some other form of behavior that will more specifically demonstrate what the cat is looking to accomplish.
An example would be a meow when they’re by the outside door. This would give you indication that they want to go outside. The reverse of that would be a meow when they’re outside of the door, meaning they’ll want to come inside.
Cats also make noises when they’re scared or want to intimidate. This noise is referred to as the hiss. When a cat hisses at you, you’re going to want to leave it alone. The next thing that will follow a hiss is a scratch with the cat’s sharp claws. Being scratched by a cat isn’t any fun at all.
Cats will also walk up to a human and rub their body on the human. This is so the cat’s scent can be placed onto the human. It’s the equivalent of a dog lifting their leg to mark their territory.
Dogs are a man’s best friend, or so the saying says. Dogs and humans have been together ever since white has been on rice. Because of this, dogs are considered the foremost companion for all humans.
Because of the bond that the two share, there is often an inter-dependent relationship between a dog and his owner. You’ll often see a dog following his owner wherever the owner goes, which is completely the opposite of how a cat behaves.
Dogs absolutely thrive on the attention from humans. This is why dogs often freak out when they’re left in their dog playpen all day. Dogs need to be near humans and running around. Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise for a dog.
When you’re considering getting a dog, you want to make sure that you’re going to be getting the right breed of dog for you. The temperament in a dog is going to vary wildly based on the breed.
There are some breeds, such as the jack russell terrier, which are incredibly hyper and are always going to want your attention. Those breeds also seemingly never run out of energy. Then there’s other breeds, such as the English Bulldog, which are incredibly lazy and never want to do anything other than eat, sleep, and poop.
You also need to decide what kind of dog temperament your current living situation can handle. If you’re in a small apartment, it’s probably best to get a smaller breed that doesn’t necessarily need to be outside all of the time. Having a Labrador retriever in a small apartment is not advised. Having a chihuahua in a small apartment is a good choice.
Also, please remember that caring for a dog does cost a lot of money. Vet, food, and toy bills definitely add up. This is particularly true if you do have a hyper breed of dog, as they are often more prone to injuries than less-energy breeds.
All in all, having a dog is one of the most worthwhile experiences in life.
Groundhogs have unfortunately obtained the reputation of being more of a joke than anything. This is due to things such as the movie Groundhog Day and the actual Groundhog Day. Don’t get us wrong, we love Bill Murray and Punxsutawney Phil as much as the next person, but these aren’t accurate representations of what a groundhog is or stands for!
Groundhogs are essential to their occupied ecosphere because they help keep vegetation in check. In fact, groundhogs eat 1/3 of their bodyweight in vegetation each and every day! With such strong appetites for vegetation, ground hogs are able to keep shrubs from overgrowing. Without regulation, a patch of shrubs will continue to creep forward for as many years as it is alive. This can overtake essential grass and trees, that will need to water and soil in order to live. Groundhogs are one of the most effective ways of controlling this.
However, groundhogs are also notorious for tearing into gardens and destroying crops. Again, groundhogs absolutely love vegetation. Anyone whom has a garden in an area that has groundhogs should put up preventative netting around their crops. While this won’t completely deter the groundhogs, it will slow them down enough to where they may go for easier food (e.g. shrubs and weeds).
Groundhogs are typically seen during the daytime. During the nighttime, groundhogs tend to bury themselves in their vast network of underground tunnels, also known as burrows.
You can think of the burrows in a similar vain to how you would think of an ant colony – a wide, multi-chamber network that’s designed to both product the groundhog and provide a means of traveling from place to place.
Groundhogs tend to keep to themselves, unlike the previously mentioned squirrels. Groundhogs are always very suspicious that they’re going to be hunted – and rightfully so. Millions of groundhogs are senselessly killed each and every year. This is because people feel that they are a nuisance. If people were more educated on the benefits of a groundhog, then maybe they wouldn’t kill them.
Squirrels are one of the most common types of animals that you will see in the continental United States. They are literally everywhere – whether you’re in the city or a rural area, you’re going to see some squirrels.
This is because squirrels are one of the most adaptive species on Earth. Think about it – it takes one heck of an animal to be able to live in both New York City and the middle-of-nowhere Nebraska.
Squirrels are able to adapt so well due to their ancestral history. Squirrels have been dated as far back as the Eocene, making them one of the oldest living species still on this planet. While squirrels are most native to the Americas and Europe, they have recently been introduced to Australia.
As we all know, Australia has a very sensitive ecosphere; so the decision to bring squirrels in was not taken lightly.
Squirrels typically breed a couple of times per year, with the number of offspring being born varying. Variable factors include the climate in which the offspring are being born in and the amount of resources that the parent squirrels have. If the squirrels live in a climate where there are a lot of predators, then the parents are going to produce more offspring. The reason for this is because the squirrels know that not all of their children are going to make it. In order to give the species the best chance of surviving, they need to produce many children.
Squirrels are also one of the more social animals on the planet. If you walk into a more urban environment, such as a city, you’ll notice that squirrels are impervious to humans and cars wandering around them. Squirrels also have no problem going up to humans in order to retrieve food.
Squirrels are truly incredible creatures that definitely do not get enough recognition for their intelligence.