“Who are you talking to?”, “Are you seriously having a full conversation with your dog?”, “Did you just say ‘Hi’ to that cat?”, “You know what you are? Bonkers” etc etc etc, if you are someone who talks to their pets regularly, all the above remarks won’t come as a surprise to you and you probably deal with them every day. In fact, people around you are convinced that you’re crazy and something is really wrong with you.
“Pets can’t talk back you know?” Of course, we know, Martha. “So what’s the point?” We love our pets, they are a part of our families and we love talking to them. “But, that’s so stupid, why would you do that?” Yeah, that’s where you are wrong. Researchers have found that there’s nothing wrong or strange about talking to animals, if anything, it is a sign of superior intelligence.
Wanting to talk to your pet, plants or any inanimate object for that matter doesn’t equal to you being cuckoo, it actually means the opposite. It’s not crazy, the act of talking to things or other living beings, other than humans, is known as anthropomorphizing. If you get this urge to name things whenever you see something cute or of your interest, there’s nothing wrong with, it is actually a sign of intelligence.
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The idea of cuddling up with a snuggly pupper and taking a snooze probably sounds good to a lot of people reading this right now, and as it turns out, there’s a scientific reason behind why we might love this so much, especially women.
Personally, as nice as cuddling is, I become a hot and sweaty mess after a few minutes of a hugging session in bed. It’s not a pretty or comfortable site and as much as I love dogs, that extends to them as well. The idea of an animal licking my face in the middle of the night also creeps me out, too. I mean, what if I’m having a sensual dream and find myself in an early ’90s comedy scenario where I think I’m getting my face licked by a bodacious babe and it turns out it’s just a golden retriever slobbering all over me? Is it hilarious? Of course. Disgusting? Yes — I feel bad for any creature that has to smell my breath that early in the morning.
But that might just have to do with the fact that I’m a dude. If I were a woman, this study suggests not only would I love sharing a bed with a dog, but I’d also get a much better night’s sleep next to said pupper than I would with a dude.
The research breaks down all the different ways a woman’s quality of slumber is markedly better when she has a canine snooze companion over a regular old homo sapiens male.
The number one benefit is security. Sleeping in an empty house or bed, especially when you’re used to living with a lot of people, can be pretty scary late at night. Every noise, creak, or scratch outdoors will make you jump out of your bed and fear the worst. So sometimes it’s nice to know someone who cares about you is nearby. However, the 962 adult women surveyed in the research group reported that they felt way more secure sleeping next to a puppy than a dude.
I feel like this has a lot more to do with our general distrust of the opposite sex, even in a committed relationship, than it does about dogs. But security is just one aspect of why women get better sleep with canines.
As it turns out, they found their canine counterparts way less “disruptive.” That’s probably true, dogs won’t spoon you in the middle of the night in the hopes of some spur of the moment hanky-panky. Or hog the blanket.
Cats, on the other hand were found to be just as “disruptive” as human beings, but that’s hardly their fault. Felines are more nocturnal creatures and are biologically suited to hunt at night. It’s much more common for your cat to be running around the house at odd hours of the night, hunting imaginary birds or rabbits. Your dog will more often than not just want to cuddle up with you and get some shut-eye.
Dr. Christy L. Hoffman, who conducted the study, said people should take some of the results with a grain of salt and that the results of their surveys are, for the most part, deeply rooted in individual perception. So before you go and get a dog to cure your insomnia, you should hear her out.
“[The] keyword here is perception, this [study is based on] individuals self-reporting how they feel their sleep is affected’ and it’s ‘important to note that this is based on aggregated data and an average of responses, so getting a dog won’t solve everyone’s sleep problems.”
Dr. Hoffman plans to conduct a future study on how well men sleep with dogs. My question is, what happens if men also sleep better with pups? What’s gonna end up happening? We gonna go back to the ’50s like it’s Pleasantville, where we’re all sleeping in separate beds at the end of the night?
I don’t know if I’m OK with that. Besides, what’ll end up happening is that both dogs will probably just end up jumping into bed with my wife, because who wants to share a blanket and sheets with my sweaty, over-heating self?
A cat or a dog? This is one question that has been debated for years. Here’s one more fact about dogs that may change your mind about which pet to get. You trust your dog, but does it trust you?
Bright Side loves facts — especially facts about animals. A recent study shows that dogs can analyze how reliable a person is and we want to share this information with our readers! Dogs, as real detectives, can explain to us whether or not to trust another person.
The study was conducted by Akiko Takaoka of Kyoto University in Japan. The scientist and his colleagues wanted to know if a dog would trust a person who lied to it. The researchers divided the experiment into 3 parts. They wanted to know if the dog could understand whether or not the person was untrustworthy.
The group of scientists claims that the research has a potential implication in dogs’ behavioral studies. The study tells us that dogs prefer this world to be certain, according to John Bradshaw with the University of Bristol.
In the experiment, dog owners would first point to a container with food. The dog would run to it. Then a container without food would be pointed at. The dogs were tricked and approached the container.
It’s been previously known that dogs would run to an object their owner would point at. Thus, dogs are believed to be able to understand human gestures. And if the gestures are inconsistent, the dog can become nervous and stressed.The third time, the dogs would not follow the pointing hand. They did not believe the liars. 34 dogs took part in the experiment and they all showed the same results, according to the Animal Cognition Journal. Dogs would use their previous experience to know that a person was unreliable.
Mr. Takaoka plans to continue the experiment with wolves since they are the closest relatives to dogs. The current experiment also proves that dogs are curious about new things.
More research states that dogs also control how other people interact with their owners. In an experiment, dog owners asked people for help. Afterward, the people were trying to give the dogs a treat. And the pets surprised us!
The dogs wouldn’t take a treat from the people who behaved in a bad or rude way toward their owners. They preferred to be fed by those who helped. Even those who did nothing in response to the begging were welcomed.
But the rude and aggressive people couldn’t earn the dogs’ trust.
One more study reported by Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews, states that dogs clearly read the communication between their owners and strangers. In the experiment, dog owners asked 2 groups of strangers for a little help. The dogs showed a good understanding of social rules. They avoided the people who mistreated their owners.
It’s been proven before that dogs are able to read our gestures and facial expressions. Now we know more about them and they are much more intelligent than we were led to believe! They can decipher our gestures and can also decide if they want to follow social cues. However, studies show that dogs mostly live in the present without having much consideration for the past or future.
If you mislead your dog, it will not trust or obey you. If your dog doesn’t like your friends, maybe there’s something wrong in your friendships?
How clever is your dog? Share your stories with us in the comments!
Anyone who’s ever owned a dog knows that they become more than just a pet — they become a member of the family.
That’s why it’s so tough when a pet passes away. Whether the animal died suddenly or of an illness, died after a long life or far too young, the loss is painful and can be so difficult to come to terms with. Some people will heartlessly tell you to just “get over it” or tell you “it’s just a dog.” Those people don’t understand what it’s like to lose a pet. They are so much more than just an animal, and getting over it is easier said than done. In fact, it can feel like there’s nothing anyone can say to lessen the pain a pet owner feels after a loss.
The grief we feel about losing a pet is backed up by scientific research. A study has shown that the mourning process that someone goes through after the loss of a pet is very much real.
In fact, it can actually be more difficult to overcome the loss of a pet than it is to overcome the loss of a human.
That may sound crazy to some, but it’s only one of the things the study found. The thing is, we typically bond with our animals in a manner similar to how we bond with humans. As hormones and chemicals are released in our brain when bonding with animals or people, we feel connected and loved. So when we spend so much of our time deepening that connection, of course we feel a profound loss.
But why is it harder to get over the death of a pet than the death of a human?
Because there’s not an “acceptable” way to mourn that loss.
When we lose a human family member or loved one, there are plenty of different resources to help come to terms with that loss. We are often surrounded by other people who also feel the loss, and that shared experience and their kind words can help ease the pain.
In addition to community, we also have options like counseling or therapy to help us through the difficult time — and we aren’t criticized for the depth of our emotions. We just don’t have the same support when a pet dies. We’re expected to simply move on with our life. We often immediately go back to work, and we’re expected to keep outings and events on our calendar in the days surrounding the death. Cancelling plans because your pet died a week ago? A lot of people think that’s a poor excuse.
A lot of us may have people in our lives that understand our pain after a pet loss, but they may not realize just how deeply it’s affecting us.
And since we have limited resources when dealing with this type of loss, we end up trying to repress our emotions. We never truly come to terms with it or move on in a healthy way. We just bury our feelings.
Psychologist Julie Axelrod says that in addition to losing a loved one, we are also losing a source of comfort and unconditional love. That’s huge.
There’s a domino effect when losing a pet as well, because it leads to a change in your daily routine. It could actually be more disruptive than the loss of a human in your life. A lot of us must schedule our day around our dogs, to make sure they are let outside, taken for walks, and fed. When they’re gone, that loss feels obvious.
We also struggle with feeling like they’re there even when they’re gone. We just instinctively feel like they’re somewhere else in the house or in the backyard. Certain sounds may make us think we hear the whoosh of their tail wagging or their toenails on the kitchen floor.
When we have to make the difficult decision to end a dog’s suffering, the loss has an additional edge to it. It is a humane choice, but it doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye. We can struggle with feeling like there’s more we could have done, or things we could have done differently for them.
If you’ve lost a pet, please know that there is nothing wrong about your broken heart. They were your family, and it doesn’t matter how anyone else thinks you’re supposed to feel. What you are going through is understandable. Even science agrees.
Call a dog by its name, and its tail wags, it starts panting happily, and it showers you with love and affection. Call a cat by its name and … well, cats are a bit harder to read. Does the cat even know what its name is?
So researchers in Japan set out to answer the question: Can a cat understand the difference between its name and any other random word that sounds like it?
Research on cats is slim compared with research on dogs. That may be because cats can’t be bothered to participate in the experiments. But in a study published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, Japanese researchers devised a way to get results whether or not the cats cared to cooperate.Researchers conducted a series of experiments in which a person would speak four different words and then say the cat’s name. According to the study, the words chosen were “nouns with the same length and accents as their own names.” If the cat acted differently when it heard its name, the scientists would know that the cat could distinguish its own name from other words.
The reason for saying four words before the name was to “habituate” the cats — or get them accustomed to hearing words spoken. Cats often move their heads or ears when hearing words spoken, but that response diminished after four words. Only then was it time to say the name — and see how the cats responded.
Researchers conducted several versions of the experiment, all held at the cat’s home, with the owner out of view. In one version, researchers would play a recording of the owner saying the four words with a 15-second pause between each, followed by the cat’s name. In another version, an unfamiliar voice would say the words and the name. Sometimes the words weren’t just nouns, but the names of other cats that lived in the house. In any case, the results were clear: Most of the cats moved their head or ears in response to hearing their name. The results, researchers said, showed that the cats could identify their own names among other, similar words.
“We conclude that cats can discriminate the content of human utterances based on phonemic differences,” the researchers wrote. “This is the first experimental evidence showing cats’ ability to understand human verbal utterances.”
Do the cats actually understand that the name represents their identity? That part is unclear, lead study author Atsuko Saito of Sophia University in Tokyo told The Associated Press. What is clear is that the cat’s name is “salient stimulus,” the researchers said, “and may be associated with rewards, such as food, petting, and play.”
So whether or not Sprinkles identifies herself as Sprinkles, she knows that the word carries a special meaning.
Jennifer Vonk, a professor at Oakland University specializing in animal cognition, told NPR via email that she loved the study’s methodology, which didn’t require extensive training and could be done in an environment where the cats were comfortable. “I agree with the authors that it cannot tell us if cats represent their names as a label that identifies them, but it is interesting that they do attend to it as a special signal, probably associated with rewards such as food and petting,” said Vonk, who was not involved in the study.
The study found one minor exception to cats recognizing their name: cats that lived with others in a cat cafe. Those cats could distinguish their name from random nouns, but not from the names of the other cats. Researchers offered multiple possible explanations — maybe different cafe customers call their names with different intonation, or maybe customers say a cat’s name without offering a reward. “For example, if a visitor calls cat A, but cat B approaches to the visitor and cat B gets petting and treats instead of cat A,” that would “make name discrimination less relevant for these cats,” researchers wrote.
Peter Pongracz, a professor specializing in the study of animal behavior at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, said by email that the study was “very smartly designed,” while noting that the sample that actually demonstrated the “interesting results” was somewhat small.Pongracz defended the tendency of cats to not respond when called, compared with the obedience of dogs. Dogs have been bred for millennia to be easy to train and responsive to humans, he said. Although cats were also domesticated long ago, humans didn’t put as much of a premium on training them to respond. “Most cats fare really well with humans by simply being cute,” Pongracz said.
If a cat is less effusive in its affection, that doesn’t necessarily mean it is individualistic or antisocial, he said; cats respond in their own way. “As the Japanese study showed, cats respond to their name with not necessarily a quick run to their owner, but maybe with a simple, subtle twitch of their ears.”
So cat lovers, take note. Even if your cat doesn’t greet you with the same ardor as a dog, it loves you just the same, Probably.
Ross Taylor is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder who has worked as a photojournalist for more than 20 years.
During this time, his pictures have captured the stark realities of life in some of the world’s most adverse living conditions and often focus on social issues related to, or as a direct result of, traumatic events. “It’s my hope that such documentary work in this realm can help build empathy toward others, by lending more insight to conditions we share,” Taylor said”
For his new series, Last Moments, Taylor focuses his camera on a certain trauma that many of us have had or will experience in our lives — the loss of a beloved family pet. With the guidance of licensed veterinarians, Taylor was allowed access to capture the emotional final moments between owners and their pets. The resulting images are a sincere and respectful representation of the undeniable bonds between humans and their animal companions.
Here, Taylor speaks with a newspaper on his emotional journey through Last Moments and shares with us a selection of pictures from the series:
The focus of Last Moments, in part, is to help those going through this process to know they’re not alone, and that their grief should not be overlooked, nor minimized by others. It’s real, and it’s painful.
Nationally, thousands of pet owners go through this painful experience each year, and the decision to have at-home pet euthanasia is part of an emerging trend to receive end-of-life care in the home, instead of at a clinic.
Producing this body of work has been one of the most intense experiences I’ve ever had. It’s fundamentally shifted how I react when someone tells me they lost a pet, or that a pet is dying. My heart is more open toward those going through this process, and I have a profoundly deep respect for veterinarians who do this daily. They’re impressive people.
I was moved by my time witnessing the emotions with each experience. In almost every case, everyone was moved to tears, sometimes sobbing profusely. But all of these families are so grateful to the veterinarians for their compassion. This blend of heartbreak and compassion is striking. The work they do is important. There’s one particular image of a woman who is anguishing out loud over her dog, just moments after she realized that her dog had died. She’s cradling her pet’s face tenderly in her right hand, while her husband and the veterinarian, Dr. Dani McVety, reach out to comfort her. It was one of the early cases I witnessed, and it had a profound impact on me. It was in that moment that I realized the importance of documenting the intensity of the bond. My heart broke for her in that moment.
My interest in this project originated a couple of years ago. A good friend of mine was agonizing over the death of her dog, and she decided to have her pet euthanized at home. She didn’t want the animal to be stressed by a visit to the clinic and thought it would be easier on her dog at home. It was an intense and emotional experience for her. In many ways, it was her hardest in years. Driven by this, I began researching the topic and reached out to a number of organizations. The first one that responded was Lap of Love, based in Tampa, Florida. McVety, the founder and CEO of the Tampa-based organization, was open to my request, and more importantly, the reasons behind it. Within a month or so of contact, I began working with them. I also began working with Caring Pathways in Denver. They are also a deeply compassionate organization, and I’m profoundly thankful to them as well.
Finally, none of this could have been done without the families allowing me to be there. They have my respect. I think, in the end, the reason they allowed my presence has a lot to do with the fact that we all have a story to tell, and theirs is worth sharing. Since beginning this series, the amount of people who have responded to the project is overwhelming. So many people have written me sharing their story. The universality of the bond, and the pain when it’s broken, is something to which millions of people can relate. I’ve had some of the most touching emails and recollections of stories from people; it’s just incredible.
I hope people will never say to someone after losing a pet, “Oh it’s just a dog,” or, “It’s just a cat. You can get another.” It’s crucial to recognize, and respect, the pain that comes along with this. I hope, in the end, it builds more empathy toward one another.
A man in Wisconsin has turned snoozing into a charitable act.Terry Lauerman, 75, goes to his native animal shelter in city daily and takes naps with its cats.
Though, that’s just about his intention.According to Elizabeth Feldhausen, the founding father of shelter Pet Sanctuary, Lauerman strolled into the shelter regarding six months agone with a straightforward dream and a cat brush in tow.
“He simply walked in and commenced brushing,” Feldhausen told HuffPost on Th, noting that he ne’er asked to be a volunteer. “So eventually we have a tendency to told him he was a politician volunteer and had him fill out our volunteer type.”
Feldhausen aforesaid Lauerman visits the cage-free sanctuary — that rescues disabled cats that will be in danger of mercy killing at different facilities — daily and stays for concerning 3 hours. After he grooms a cat for a touch, he generally dozes off.
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When I checked out my appointment calendar for the day, i assumed one thing should be wrong. somebody WHO worked within the fitness business was conveyance his cat into the Tufts fleshiness Clinic for Animals. Did he confuse U.S. for a unique quite weight management clinic? Is he trying to urge muscle on his cat or even kitty supermolecule shakes?
I was completely stunned once I necessitated my appointment within the lobby associate degreed associate degree athletic man stood up with a nearly 20-pound cat! I asked if I may speak flat out with him. Why will somebody WHO clearly is aware of a great deal regarding keeping healthy have to be compelled to bring his cat to a veterinary nutritionist? What would he say if the cat was one in all of} the individuals he helps to stay work every day? Our speech then went one thing like this…
Well, I’d tell her, suck it up, buttercup. Do some kitty pushups and no additional treats!
Well, I even have to raise, then, what’s stopping you from doing this along with your cat?
With a disquieted look of guilt on his face, he replied, “Well, Dr. Linder, I mean… she meows at me…
This was the instant i noticed that i used to be treating pet fleshiness all wrong. I required to focus less on the pet and additional on the link between individuals and their pets. That’s what’s virtually cutting the lives in need of the dogs and cats we have a tendency to love most.
When Becky Evans started learning cat-human relationships, she unbroken hearing, over and another time, regarding however cats area unit psychopaths. On one hand, anyone World Health Organization has looked into the curiously blank face of a cat loaf is aware of precisely what which means. But also, precisely what will it mean to use a personality’s mental identification to felines?
We tend to let these clawed creatures into our homes and our beds, however we tend to still have hassle understanding them on something however our own human terms.
Evans, a psychological science postgraduate at the University of port, recently devised a survey for homeowners World Health Organization assumes that their cats area unit psychopaths. The survey asks homeowners to explain the allegedly insane behaviors, so way they need enclosed bullying alternative pets, seizing the dog’s bed, and waiting on the room counter to pounce on unsuspecting relations. In short, pretty typical cat behavior.
These answers get at the tough linguistics of occupation a cat a “psychopath” once it’s simply … a cat. There’s continually associate implicit comparison once we mention cats as reserved very little jerks, says Mikel Maria Delgado, a postdoctoral investigator on cat behavior at the University of California at Davis. which comparison is with dogs, that humans have spent thousands of additional years domesticating and molding in our image.