The Social Cat? Examining the Finer Points of Feline Behavior

BevHills_iStock_000004859480_LargeIf someone told you that you had the social skills of cat would you be a little…nonplussed? While cats can certainly be affectionate and friendly, as a group they are quiet, reserved, and even perceived as unapproachable. Feline behavior is complex, and making friends with a cat is never a sure thing. Whether you’re wondering about human-cat, dog-cat, or cat-cat relationships, Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates has the scoop on how cats socialize.

Feline Dynamics

If you’ve ever witnessed two cats that are unfamiliar with each other, the spectacle never fails to amaze. Puffed up tails and back fur, raised haunches, and an impressive ability to avoid eye contact round out the scene of territorial feline behavior.

Unlike dogs, cats hunt alone and establishing a hunting territory is vital to survival. Cats mark their borders in order to communicate and avoid conflict with other felines, using urine, feces, and various scent glands. Cats will eat, sleep, and play in a chosen territory, and will defend this core area from the possible threat of another feline. Continue…

Walking Your Dog Off Leash: Is it Really Safe?

walking dog off leashFor most dog owners, there’s nothing more exhilarating than watching your dog bound across a park or meadow. That excitement is enough to convince many owners that off leash is the way to go.

For dogs who have been trained, off leash walking, running, or hiking is a great option and has many advantages. Unfortunately, the rest of the world might not be so cooperative.

The Risks of Walking Your Dog Off Leash

While the spring weather may compel you to get outside with your four-legged friend, there are several factors to consider before ditching the leash. Continue…