You’ve surely heard the line, “Can you imagine if people greeted each other like that?”, amongst your dog-owning friends when referring to dogs’ butt-sniffing. Well, there’s obviously a reason behind this; since a dog’s sense of smell is at least 10,000 better than a human’s, they use their nose to learn about the world around them.
Dogs learn about each other by sniffing each others’ butts; they can learn about the other dog’s gender, reproductive status, temperament, diet, and more.
Landing on All Fours
No matter the height and no matter the jumping point, a cat will always land on all fours. Cats owe this life-saving skill to a "righting reflex" that kicks in the minute they're falling from a great height.
It may look like your cat is performing an acrobatic skill, but it's just the reflex helping the cat flip around to land right-side up. With the help of their finely-tuned ears to orientate themselves mid-air and their uber-flexible bone structure, they're able to twist their way out of any bad landing.
A Flick of the Tongue
Snake owners know that their scaley companions smell with their tongue, but what does it mean when they flick it? Well, that depends on the pace of the flicking. If it's slow, your snake is simply looking around, absorbing its environment. If it's rapid, it means that the snake's attention is caught by something — usually potential food.
Avoid handling your snake when witnessing rapid flicking as the hunting instincts are on so there are more chances of it biting you.
Possibly the cutest behavior on this list, a cat 'blep' refers to when a cat leaves its tongue hanging out its mouth. While this would make even the most ardent dog-lovers switch sides, cats don't do this for brownie points.
Instead, they leave their tongue out to survey their surroundings using their very strong sense of taste. Their taste buds can detect pheromones from nearby cats and scents from potential prey. There are also less practical reasons behind a blep. When relaxed, a cat's jaw muscles will loosen, allowing its tongue to flop out or it can simply forget to reel its tongue back in.
Chasing a little red dot around a room may sound boring to most, but is an ideal playtime activity for cats. It ticks all the right boxes to get your feline's predator juices flowing.
Cats enjoy this activity as it lets them flex their built-in hunting features while getting a good workout in. Your cat will use its superior peripheral vision and tracking abilities to spot and hunt down the laser pointer wherever you may be aiming it. It also makes for a great reusable toy that won't get ripped to shreds.