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Cat vs. Dog language: What does my darling want to tell me?

Despite different languages, they can be best friends: dogs and cats
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Schwanzwedeln does not mean the same with both ...

We explain the difference between cat language and dog language. Because even pets want to be understood. This little guide will help ...

Meow! Woof! How much we would like to understand the cat language or the dog language. Sorry, there are no translation books yet. Much can be derived from their body language - even if it is sometimes misinterpreted by master or mistress. We explain the most important signals from the ear tip to the tail tip.

  • Schwanzwedeln is not the same tail wagging

For both the dog and the cat, the tail is the soul's baton. For both, wagging always signals arousal.

However, when the dog hits the tail to the left, it shows negative feelings. If he waves to the right, he is in a good mood, he is pleased.

In cats, the tempo makes the music. Swinging her cock fast back and forth, you should refrain: Babe is annoyed! A slow wagging shows relaxation, but also curiosity. A steeply upright tail on the other hand means a happy welcome for both. If he is additionally bushy with cats, she is afraid.

  • Heads and blinks show affection

Your cat nudges you more often with the head? OK then! The so-called Köpfeln means for her as much as "you belong to me". This proof of love is a clear invitation to petting. And that also applies to dogs .

Another important signal is the blinking. Dogs want to console us, appease, "Look, it's all right." Cats wink out of joke. Compared with us humans, her wink is like a smile. Just smile back next time.

  • The different ear poses

The saying is no coincidence: if the ears are upright, it means that in both dog and cat we have aroused their curiosity, something interesting happens to them. In contrast, they show fear or aggression with their ears set.

In the cat and dog language, it is best if the eaves are slightly forward (cat) or slightly hanging down (dog). Thus they signal: "We are just really relaxed."

  • From cat humps and dog breeds

The cat is hunching? Then better fingers away: scratch alarm! Dogs sometimes bend their backs - but only because they are afraid.

Mistress is really in demand when the cat rolls on its back: With that she asks for a cuddle. And when the dog stretches its front paws very far forward until its chest almost touches the ground, it does not stretch out of laziness. On the contrary, he wants to play now. So quickly search for a ball ...

  • That's how it looks!

Did she miss us? Cats care to be discreetly happy. A good-by-the-foot strike is the highest of emotions.

Dogs, on the other hand, jump and lick our faces. Often this is a sweet gesture. But beware: Larger dogs want to show their dominance. Then you should not tolerate it better ...

  • Attention! You should not do that

For us humans, intensive eye contact is a sign of honesty and good behavior. Animals, however, see a longer eye contact as a threat.

Especially cats feel stressed when looking at them for a long time.

Dogs even reduce their gaze when they come in direct contact with us. They want to signal us in this way: "You are the stronger in the house and I respect what you say!"

  • Dog or cat: who can be better educated?

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig found that dogs are just as capable of learning as infants. Thus, the four-legged friends are able to guess the meaning of unknown words and to learn. The theory that they are easier to educate than cats, so true.

Unlike the dog, cats have their own head and do not listen to their owners. This was proven by a study by a university in Japan. Because: The velvet paws showed reactions to the voices of their owners, but ignored their requests.