What is the significance of the sounds made by our pet friends, cats and dogs?

A dog charged with protecting its territory will bark to prevent people or other animals from entering it, to warn it. It barks like an alarm to warn of imminent danger. He barks to get attention when he’s bored. This usually happens when a person or other animal walks past the dog in the yard. The dog’s body language does not carry any cues of aggression. So he says “hey I’m here, I salute you”.

In recent years, keeping pets at home has become quite common. Pets in the village, in the street, at the shelter…

In fact, they are in life.

They think, they get emotional, they experience psychological problems.

How do we recognize them as the “dominant creature” in nature?

Do you understand them?

For example, have you ever wondered why dogs howl?

Howling is a lament, a plea. Where are you, come now is the cry. Listen to my voice, it’s screaming now. It is the homesickness of the dog who has been separated from his beloved (the family he is attached to).

Of course, not all sounds a dog makes are howls.

There are other sounds he uses in communication. For example, barking that we think is ordinary.

A dog charged with protecting its territory will bark to prevent people or other animals from entering it, to warn it. It barks like an alarm to warn of imminent danger. He barks to get attention when he’s bored. This usually happens when a person or other animal walks past the dog in the yard. The dog’s body language does not carry any cues of aggression, i.e. it says “hey, I’m here, I say hello”.

Dogs sometimes bark as part of their social relationship. They accompany a barking friend in the vicinity. They also bark when anxious about loneliness.

CAT SOUNDS

As for the second living cats that we feed most in married people, we can say that their most important in relation to the dog is that they are silent. Dogs bark, cats meow. However, cats use body language more than voice to communicate with each other. They do not meow in communication with each other at long or close distances. They communicate with the body movements they create using their organs such as ears, tail, and mustache. Except for March Cats. When this month comes, they make sounds to serenade their lovers.

Cats use meowing more in their relationship with humans. Because they know people pay more attention to their meows. In fact, they almost speak to us using a different tone of voice (emotional, suffering, hungry, enthusiastic) in every situation. As a veterinarian, I have heard and seen many cat owners say “my cat calls me mom”.

DO DOGS EXPERIENCE THE WORLD LIKE US?

Renowned canine behaviorist Caesar Milan says people first see, then hear, then smell. Dogs, on the other hand, smell, hear and finally see while perceiving the situation.

Cats and dogs are predators. No one in nature serves them with cooked dishes. They must hunt and eat their own food. Do you think the color of the prey matters when hunting? Regardless of their color, of course. However, feeling and hearing the sound of the container is far more important than its color.

Dogs and cats do not have as clear acuity of vision as humans. They are nearsighted by about +3°. They cannot see very close or very distant objects. However, they perceive the difference in the movements. As such, we thought we saw them in black and white for years. Whereas dogs see the world in shades of blue or green.

WHAT ABOUT CATS NINE LIVES?

No, of course, they have a life like us. They climb high, jump, leap, fall and mostly survive. This is why we think there are nine living beings. In fact, cats that fall from a height are “parachute cats”. That is, at the time of the fall, they glide slowly like a parachute and adjust the fall on all fours. Today, however, the buildings are very tall and surrounded by carpets on concrete floors, so the luckiest “parachute cats” are those who fell from the third and fourth floors.

Cats, dogs, birds, humans, all living beings have different characteristics from each other.

We who hold the upper hand in nature should allow animals with different characteristics to experience their species-specific characteristics while bringing animals with different characteristics into our own habitats with our desire for nature. We must respect their freedom and well-being. If necessary, we should be sympathetic to the howls of a dog and the meows of a March cat.

Dr. Gurbuz Erturk Veterinarian

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