For centuries, humans have turned to the scientific method to help untangle life’s mysteries. Considering how deeply entwined our lives are with our dogs, cats, and other domestic animals, it’s no surprise that we would be intensely curious about what makes them tick, and how that relates to our relationships with them.
Here at West Park Animal Hospital, our fascination with pets remains at an all-time high, and we can’t think of a better way to ring in the New Year than with the latest pet research!
The Latest Pet Research at Your Fingertips
Pets can present a true paradox. On the one hand, it can seem like we know them as well as we know ourselves; we are accustomed to centering our lives around them, to a certain degree, and their moods, needs, habits, and wants seem clear as day. On the other hand, we don’t speak the same language, and it’s easy to get frustrated when you can’t figure out what your pet wants from you.
The latest pet research is proof that animal scientists and behaviorists are working to help us figure out what’s going on with our four-legged friends:
- Funny faces – A recent study has shown that dogs utilize more facial expressions when humans are looking at them, such as moving their eyebrows and exhibiting their tongues. Perhaps most surprisingly, these facial fluctuations appear unrelated to the desire for food or affection, but seem to be used as a means of communicating with their human family members.
- Your cat loves you – We all hope that our cats truly care for us, and not just for the food and shelter we provide. As it turns out, most cats will choose human interaction over food and favorite toys.
- Helping obese pets – The obesity epidemic has reached our pets, and over 50% of U.S. dogs and cats are considered overweight. New research indicates that pets can also lose weight in much the same way humans can, by embarking on a high-protein, high-fiber diet while simultaneously increasing their daily activity.
- Color counts – Studies indicate that a cat’s coat color has an effect on their personality. For example, cats with tortoiseshell coats tend to be more independent and attached to just one person, whereas the orange tabby reigns as the friendliest and most gregarious of felines.
Do you have any questions or concerns about the latest pet research and your wonderful pet? Please don’t hesitate to contact your team at West Park Animal Hospital.
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