Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.
We all love our pets, Don’t we? The love they spread is definitely unmatched and unparalleled to anything else in this world. The only trouble is when you would look at their eyes speaking volumes and yet not being able to communicate to you. The same holds true for a dog and a cat as well. However, there are some differences between a dog and a cat on how they react non-verbally. these non-verbal techniques will help you decode your pet’s body language.
1. Tail held high:
When a cat holds her tail high, it is a signal that she is friendly and relaxed. The higher the tail, more confident she is. However, there is a difference when her fur is erect too. This means potential aggression.
On the other hand, when a dog holds his tail high, it often signals high arousal and the possibility of aggressive behavior. A dog that is agitated may also flick his tail back and forth vigorously.
2. Wagging their tail:
When a cat wags her tail back and forth, it means an unfriendly encounter or a predatory attack is likely to occur.
On the other hand, when a dog wags his tail back or forth at medium height, it means they are friendly and are likely to involve in a playful activity.
3. Movement of ears:
A cat who is confident of greeting people will normally hold her ears forward and alert. If her ears move backward or twitch, it may indicate an uncertain behavior or there could be an awkward encounter.
On the other hand, the sign of a friendly dog is that his ears move back slightly. A submissive dog will move his ears back even further as a gesture of appeasement. A dog with erectly pricked ears is a sign of aggression and taking its stand against any other animal if necessary.
However, there are some body language gestures that are common to both cats and dogs. These are:
4. Ears upright:
Cats and dogs both communicate through their ears. When they are relaxed, their ears usually point forward. When they are really excited or interested in something, their ears are likely to move all the way forward and upright. When the ears move backward, they are afraid or submissive.
Panting for both the animals mean that they are highly frightened or stressed up. However, a cat which is panting without any interaction with another animal is a sign of illness and a medical supervision is required.
6. Compacted Body:
Both cats and dogs have the habit of compacting their body and making it as small as possible when they are afraid of something. Similarly, both dogs and cats curl their tails underneath their bodies to indicate extreme fear.
7. Pupil Dilation:
A cat’s pupils dilate when she is afraid or is getting ready to attack. Similarly, a dog’s pupils will dilate when he is fearful or aggressive. Dilated pupils can also indicate high arousal in both species.