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Monday Mischief: Understanding a Cat’s Sense of Touch

Mini Cooper is one of those cats that has a need for touch. Charles, the dog, on the other hand, likes to be near humans and other animals but does not like to be on your lap or cuddled too close. That is what makes this picture so interesting. Lately, Mini has started reaching out and laying a paw on him when she can. Is this a sign of her primal need to keep track of a predator? I wanted to know more about a cat’s sense of touch so I did a little research and thought I would share it with you.

Cats have whiskers on their upper lip, on their cheeks, and above their eyes, but did you know that they also have whiskers behind their front wrists? These are called carpal hairs. The whiskers on a cat touch like fingers do.

According to Michael Broad in a post in POC (Pictures Of Cats.org), “A cat’s sense of touch includes sensing pressure, warmth, cold and pain. Touch is the first sense that is utilized in the newborn cat as it is the earliest developed sense.”

The cat’s paw has a large number of receptors that respond to pressure and the highest density of those receptors are found ‘between the foot and the toe pads.” (The Cat, Its Behavior, Nutrition & Health published by Blackwell Publishing – IBSN 978-0-8138-0031-9 — page 46 and 47) 

But does Mini really have a need for touch? Experts say that cats enjoy and need contact, just like humans do. Most of that they get in the form of petting or grooming. In Mini’s case, however, she seems to have more of a need than other cats. Maybe it comes from the fact that we held her all the time when she was a kitten (and too young to be away from her mother).

The one thing I do know is that Mini loves to have her paw on Charles, or Mom, or any warm body. I want to believe that gives her comfort.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2020 in Cats, Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: Knots

Mr. Charles weaves in and out and under the big dogs. Sometimes I get some very creative macrame knots in the leashes. The last one was really hard to undo. I tried one of those multi-leash handle things and it was terrible. The dogs don’t seem to mind the knot until they get too close to each other. Personally, I try for big dogs on the left and Lil’ on the right, but you know they have their own mind (and sniffing patterns).

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2020 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: April Review

Mom was around a lot more than usual this month. She said it was due to something called ‘Corona.’

It sure made it nice for afternoon walks.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2020 in Cats, Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: Don’t Judge A Toy By Its Looks

Charles here. Mom didn’t realize when she bought this toy for me that it looked like something that is deadly and scary. People told her to return it, but she wanted to teach me how to play with a food ball and it seemed like a good toy to do it with. Louise and Sofie love their food toys, but I don’t get what I am supposed to do.

By George, I think this corona looking toy has helped me figure out the game.

It is not so scary after all.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

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Posted by on April 27, 2020 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: 2d Supper

Ok. I have about had it with Mr. Charles and his constant complaining that he does not get enough food! Charlie eats in a pen because he and Sofie are both food aggressive and she would kill him. So he has learned that the pen = food (my first mistake).

The dogs eat around 4:30 PM and then usually I go about getting my own meal prepared. Before Charles came to live with us (about 3 1/2 years ago), I gave Louise and Sofie a snack around 8:30 PM in their food toys to keep them busy for 30 minutes.

But Charles, who does not understand any food toy that I have given him (not sure if he is lazy or just plain goofy) has started to demand bark (you little dog people know what I mean) for a 2d supper about 10 minutes after the first. So now the 8:30 snack happens at about 6 PM. (My second mistake).

Charles has decided that anytime I sit down, whether at the kitchen table or in the living room, that must mean it is snack time.

Oh my dog!!! I have created a monster. Hence the picture of the unhappy Charlie who jumps in his pen and pines, mopes, and then YIPS! Hard to ignore, though I do try.

Do you get Second Supper?

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Posted by on April 20, 2020 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: Stormy Season Has Started

Sofie Bear reporting.

Mom says that we are in for a week of ‘boom boom boom’ storms. Louise and I don’t like boomers (Charles doesn’t seem to care much about them). They are loud and painful and they hurt my ears.

The DogDaz Zoo is that little blue dot in the middle of all those red storm blobs.

I’m wearing my thunder shirt but it doesn’t really help anymore. It used to help me years ago, but now it is just this too tight thing that Mom makes me wear. I am still scared. Maybe these shoes will protect me?

Mom put a shirt on Louise because she is also scared of storms (V thinks she caught the fear from me). Louise doesn’t have one of these fancy thunder shirts like I have so Mom found an old shirt in Peanut’s giveaway pile that seems to work really well. I am not sure if it helps her any more than my thunder shirt helps me, but….

She sure does look ‘super mega foxy awesome and hot!’

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

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Posted by on April 13, 2020 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: March Went Out Like A Lion Too

March is supposed to come in like a LION and go out like a LAMB. But it seems like it went out like a LION too. Days turn from sunny and cold to overcast and mild to overcast and cold to ……

Stay home with your humans and wash your paws!

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

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Posted by on April 6, 2020 in Cats, Dogs

 

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