Pet Behaviour

Playtime

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Welcome to KAPS! Cats and dogs have been good friends of ours for thousands of years. And the bond between our pets and us continues to grow. In the past, pets helped in the community by gathering food, controlling pests and providing companionship. Today, pets are first and foremost our best friends and family members.

Pet Behaviour

Like us, pets are individuals with their own personality. They too have good days and bad days and it is important for us to recognise this. But no matter what we think a strange pet is saying, we should never approach it without permission from an adult.
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Myth

“A dog that wags its tail must be friendly.”

Dogs wag their tails when they are happy, fearful or stressed. A low-wagging tail can indicate fear or stress.

Scared

Scared dog

This dog is scared. It’s tail is down, hackles up, ears back, nose wrinkled and mouth closed.

Playful

Playful dog

This dog wants to play. It’s tail is wagging, ears up, head and mouth relaxed.

Angry

Angry dog

This dog is angry. It’s tail is stiff, hackles up, leaning forward, ears forward, nose wrinkled, and growling.

Scared

Scared cat

This cat is scared. It’s tail is stiff, back arched, ears lowered and nose wrinkled.

Relaxed

Relaxed cat

This cat is relaxed. It’s tail is moving gently, head, ears and mouth relaxed.

Angry

Angry cat

This cat is angry. It’s tail is flicking from side to side, back and head lowered, ears back and whiskers forward.

Look at the pets below, which pet is showing interest in playing?

Hint: Do not approach a pet that does not look at you, guards it's toys or is sleeping.

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Do not approach a dog that is guarding their toys.

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This dog wants to play!

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Do not approach a sleeping dog.

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Do not approach a sleeping cat.

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Do not approach a dog with its ears back.

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Do not approach a sleeping cat.

What is the largest domestic cat?

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The largest domestic cat was the Maine coon which was 120 centimetres from nose to tail.

Myth

“Purring means that my cat is happy.”

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Although most cats purr when they are content, they can also purr when they are stressed. Unwell cats in hospital often purr.

Tip

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Avoid staring into a dog’s eyes, as this can be threatening and make it angry.


Playtime

You and your pet can benefit greatly from playtime. Benefits of play:

Toys

Hide-and-Seek

Hide-and-Seek

Collect 3 or 4 treats from the kitchen. Gently allow your pet ot smell the treats. Then start off with a small room to hide the treats. Allow your pet to find them. Don't forget where you hide them!

Fetch

Fetch

Both dogs and cats enjoy fetching toys. Make sure you have a pet approved toy and throw it gently to your pet. Teach it to bring the toy back and drop it. Hold a treat up and say "drop". If your pet drops the toy, give it the treat. Do not force the toy out of your pet's mouth

Flashlight Fun

Flashlight Fun

Pets naturally chase things. In a wide open space where pets cannot get hurt, use a flashlight to create a spot of light on the ground. Move this light spot along and watch your pet try to catch it. Do not shine the light into your pet's eyes.

Myth

“You cannot teach old dogs new tricks”

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Dogs, young or old can learn new tricks. Younger dogs tends to learn quicker but an old dog can still learn.

Tip

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If your cat is waking you up at night to play, try keeping it more active during the day and playing with it just before you go to sleep.

What is the smallest dog breed?

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The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed. Some of these dogs measure only 15 centimetres from nose to tail. That's just a bit bigger than a can of softdrink.


Mealtime

Eating the right food is extremely important for a pet to stay healthy. Dogs and cats need a complete and balanced diet that contains all the necessary nutrients. Freshwater should be available to your pets inside and outside at all times.

Mealtime

Which of these foods can you give to your pet?

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Chocolate

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Apple

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Onion

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Broccoli

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Grapes

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Carrots

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Myth

“All dog food is the same.”

Dog food can range from high to low quality depending on the amount of protein in the diet. Always feed your pet a dog food that is ‘complete and balanced'.

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Tip

Always let your dog or cat eat without being disturbed.

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Why should we keep our pets at a healthy weight?

Overweight pets are prone to getting illnesses like diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Feed your pet a healthy diet and treats and exercise regularly.


Creepy Crawlies

Sometimes pets can come across some unwanted visitors. These can include roundworms, hookworms, heartworms, tapeworms, fleas and ticks. To help prevent us from catching worms, it is important that we wash our hands frequently before eating, after eating, after playing with your pet or handling an animal, it’s toys or leash and after playing outside.

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What is the biggest type of worm?

Tapeworms in whales can grow up to 36 metres!

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Myth

“Fleas can fly”

Fleas do not have wings. They use their long back legs to jump over 100 times their height. That would be like us jumping over two football fields!

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Tip

Reduce fleas by staying away from flea areas, vacumming regularly, using flea treatmens on pets and keeping wildlife out of the yard.


Pet Care

Caring for a pet is a big responsibility. Pets need us to provide them with a good diet, safe play, exercise and training, grooming and medical care. Pets age at a different rate from us. So a dog over 7 years and a cat over 10 years are generally regarded as senior.

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Tip

Sick pets are more likely to bite because they are uncomfortable. If your pet is sick, it’s best to keep your distance.

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Tip

If you have a senior dog that is hard of hearing, you can get its attention by tapping the ground to cause vibrations. Avoid tapping a deaf dog, as you may scare it.

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Why do cats suffer from hairballs?

Cats that groom a lot can suffer from hairballs (fur that can get stuck in the cats stomach). Brushing your cat daily can help prevent hairballs from developing.


Household Safety

Your home, both inside and outside, should be a safe place for your pets. Pets should be able to safely roam and play without coming into contact with harmful items. Remember to talk to your parents about keeping harmful items out of your pet’s reach. Can you think of some items that may be of harm to your pets? Don’t touch these items if you see them. Tell your parents as they will know how to handle them.

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Myth

“Dogs have night vision.”

Dogs do see much better than people in the dark, but not because of night vision. Rather, their eyes contain a structure that allows them to see in dim light.

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What is the largest domestic cat breed?

The largest domestic cat was the Maine coon which was 120 centimetres from nose to tail.

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Tip

Our rubbish can be toxic to pets. It’s important to secure the garbage to prevent pets from getting into it.

Disclaimer: The information provided is to be used as an aid only. It is not
intended to replace the education sought from your local vet or doctor.
Any interactions with a pet should be under the supervision of an adult.
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