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Cat Communication – What is Your Cat Trying to Tell You?

We tend to think of cats as being very proud animals. Unlike dogs, they do not show their affection all that obviously; and there is a good chance you may have from time to time believed your cat is thinking something along the lines of “I am tired of you human slave, I am going to eat you while you sleep”, as that can sometimes be how they appear.

Actually cats are quite more complicated than some people give them credit for, and they do love their owners unconditionally, but they are just not so expressive about it. Knowing what’s on your cat’s mind at any given time, though, is very important if you want to enjoy a long, happy and loving relationship with your furry friend.

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Let’s discuss the “talking” part first. Did you know that cats produce almost 100 different vocalization types whereas a dog’s vocabulary is limited to about 20? Here are the most common things you will hear:

Meowing is defined by Oxford’s dictionary as “the characteristic crying sound of a cat”. Cats only meow to people and it can mean plenty of things depending on the intensity and volume. For example, a “hello” meow will be much quieter than a “feed me” or “let me outside” meow.

Mew’s Oxford definition is “(of a cat or gull) make a characteristic high-pitched crying noise”. Cats use that to identify themselves to another cat or locate that cat.

Growling is defined as “make a low guttural sound of hostility in the throat”. Cats produce that noise when they are warning you to stay away.

Hissing’s definition is “make a sharp sibilant sound as of the letter s”. Cats use that when they are feeling defensive and want to drive an enemy away.

Spitting is defined as “(of a cat) make a hissing noise as a sign of anger or hostility”. It resembles popping as a sound and it happens when the cat is surprised or if she feels threatened.

Screeching (“give a loud, harsh, piercing cry”) or shrieking (“make a high-pitched screeching sound”) may appear in a number of situations – if a cat is in a defensive mode, if it is being aggressive, if it is angry, or if it feels pain.

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Chirping (“make a short, sharp, high-pitched sound”) is how cats greet you in a friendly manner.

Trilling is defined as “produce a quavering or warbling sound”. It is a sure sign of happiness.

Chattering means “make a series of short, quick high-pitched sounds”. Cats do that when they see pray but they can’t reach it. It expresses their excitement.

Yowling (“make a loud wailing cry”) is a sound that may express an array of different feelings like disorientation, fright, anxiousness, or confusion.

Moaning means “make a long, low sound”. It sounds rather sad and cats usually produce it just before they vomit.

Purring is “make a low continuous vibratory sound”. When a cat produces that noise it may signify either illness or contentment. Did you know that when cats purr they speed up their healing process?

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You can also read your cat’s mood in her eyes.

When a cat is not blinking it is either being defensive or it is challenging you or another cat.

When the cat’s pupils are round it means that she is interested in something, excited about something, or that she is afraid of something.

If the cat’s pupils suddenly dilate she may be on the verge of launching an attack.

If the cat’s eyes are slowly closing or if her eyelids are drooping, that means that she is relaxed and she trusts you.

Another very important body part in reading your cat’s mood is the tail.

A puffy tail is a sign of defensive mode.

If the cat holds its tail straight up it means that it is in a friendly mood.

If the cat’s tail is tucked around the body, it may show either contentment or it may be designed to tell you to leave the cat alone.

If the tail is slightly flicking it means that the cat is thinking about something and has not yet decided what to do.

If the flicking is sudden and rapid it shows agitation or anxiety.

If the tail is constantly flicking it means that the cat does not like something in its surroundings.

If the tail is thumping back off. The cat is frustrated and may attack.

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Cats have a very interesting way of shaping their tail like a question mark. It has the exact same meaning it does for humans – interest and curiosity.

If the cat is holding its tail between its legs it shows a submissive position.

And here are some overall states which your cat’s body language may be portraying:

If your cat is feeling relaxed and it is in a friendly mood, its ears will be pointed forward, the tail will be in an upright position, or relaxed, the fur will be flat and the whiskers straight.

If your cat is annoyed by something, the tip of its tail will be twitching; the whiskers will be positioned close to the face and the ears close to the head.

If your cat is aggressive it will be staring directly at the object of the aggression with narrow pupils and the tail and back hair will be puffy.

If your cat is scared of something it will have the tail and back hair raised, it will hold its tail close to its body and the whiskers and ears will be held close to the head. You may observe sideways crouching.

If your cat is sick its eyes will be semi-closed, the tail will be positioned between the legs and the ears and whiskers will be in strange positions.

In order to understand what your cat is trying to tell you, you have to be able to recognize all those signs and read them in combination as a lot of them are ambiguous in significance. Once you’ve figured them out though, you will be able to ensure your cats and your own happiness with ease.

Rita Rova is a cat lover and writes about her passion on behalf of www.Oz-Coupons.com – the Australian coupon code website that lists all the latest discounts on pet supplies from top Australian Pet Stores.

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2012 in Animals & Birds

 

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Why Is It More Humid at Night?

You feel your glasses fog up during the night. You go out and feel you have been under a shower. You feel the air heavy. The day was not as humid, you think. What’s up with the weather?

The answer is simple. During the day, the sun is shining brightly, giving enough heat to cause water in the air to evaporate. The heat from the sun turns the water present in the air into vapour. You read how clouds are formed in school. I know most of us do not remember any lessons from school, so let us go through it once again.

The sun makes the molecules of water escape and form water vapour, which rises up and forms clouds. Not enough? Read on.

Why Night?

We were coming to that. At night, the sun goes down beneath the horizon and the water that is in the air stays as it is. You see, no sun to turn it into vapour. It sounds simple and it is. The relative humidity in the air depends on the amount of water in the air and air temperature. Humidity in the air indicates how much water vapour the air is saturated with.

Due to the absence of heat from the sun, water vapour stays closer to the ground at night. When the moisture in the air condenses at a rate greater than it can evaporate, you see water droplets being formed, which we call dew. It looks lovely, doesn’t it?

Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pierre-lachaine/6522576905/

When temperatures are very low, dew turns into ice. You might have observed that dew is mostly settled on grass, car roofs and railings. That is because these surfaces are not warmed by the heat from the ground.

Why Night?

We have discussed it in the last three paragraphs, but there is more information (only because you asked). Water in the air that was present during the day and evaporated by the sun gets a chance to regroup/hug at night. It sounds sexy, but this is water vapour.

The molecules that were being sent up high in the sky by the sun combine. Together they sink because of their combined weight. The lighter ones hang up in the air and the heavy ones, too enthusiastic to stick to each other, go down and meet mother earth.

Why Night?

In a sentence: no sun, no heat, more water vapour.

What Happens in summers?

 

In summers, the temperature is very high during the day and does not drop down sufficiently to allow molecules of water to combine after sunset. Even after the sun has gone down beneath the horizon, the air temperature keeps evaporating the water. That’s why you feel the dry air in summers, day or night.

What about Fog?

 

Fog is formed when there is a high percentage of humidity in the air. Think of it as a cloud. It actually is similar to clouds except that it is present locally and is much close to the ground. You will mostly see fog formed close to water bodies such as lakes, rivers, oceans, marshes etc. because there are more water molecules there.

If you find yourself travelling in a foggy day, know that visibility can drop to less than 1 kilometre. In cases of mist, visibility is much better at more than 1 kilometre.

Definition of fog for school children: Fog is a collection of droplets of water or ice crystals in the air or close to the ground, which makes you turn on your fog lights.

Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spirosk/4508000340/

Why Night?

There is more moisture in the air at night to make it hard for us to sleep comfortably.

Article by JS Umidificatoare

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2012 in Living

 

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The Do and Don’t List Concerning Dog Aggression

It is embarrassing to be the owner of the proverbial bad dog. While the dog is great at home with you and the kids, he is a terror around strangers and other dogs, and don’t even think about messing with his food bowl. If any of this sounds familiar, then we’ve got the list for you (and your naughty hound) to help get that aggression under control.

DO claim your place as alpha dog. Many aggression issues are actually a pecking-order concern at the cause. Your dog is alpha so he is setting the rules, and all the other dogs and people rank beneath him.

DON’T let him win his food; have him sit first so he knows what behavior is required to earn his meal. If you hand over that food to the sound of his snarls and growls, then that will become the behavior he believes is necessary and acceptable to gain his meal and warn the other animals and people in his pack to eat somewhere else.

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DO teach him to walk on a leash and obey your pace and commands. This may prove vital in an unexpected aggressive outburst from your dog or even another hound altogether. Teaching your aggressive dog to walk next to you will help keep you in a position of dominance. If he is permitted to lead, then he may take that position literally.

DO socialize your pup, and this is best done early! Before your puppy is 6 months old, he should have encountered numerous animals and people of all ages, ethnicity, and both men and women. If you always shelter your dog from other animals and people, then you’ll never have an aggressive or protective behavioral issue; but you’ll also never be able to take him around other animals and people without risking an aggressive incident. Socializing your dog to various situations allows for more risks but also more opportunities to teach the appropriate behavior permitted.

DO let him off leash when possible. Dogs may test each other for a bit, but if you let them run around together on neutral territory the squabbles usually work themselves out a lot quicker than you may think.

DON’T skimp on the training. Maybe you think your dog only needs to know how to sit and stay, but when aggressive behaviors become a threat, dish out the money to pay a professional for help before your dog does the worst! Specialized training can get expensive, but then again, so can medical bills.

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DO monitor children. Even the most timid of dogs can snap when triggered. And, the majority of dog bites are to children and elderly. Children need to be taught gentleness even while your dog is taught tenderness. Just like a playful dog can accidentally knock over a child, a playful child can squeal or tug in a manner that sets off an aggressive response.

DON’T ignore the warning signs. When Rover flashes those “help me” eyes, it is time to separate him from the high energy puppy who only wants to play. A growl can quickly escalate to more, but dogs rarely bite without giving some kind of warning beforehand.

Dr. Susan Wright DMV is a veterinarian with more than a decade of experience. Susan is a writer and serves as a dog bark collar expert. Dr. Wright and her staff share their love of dogs both professionally and personally by writing informational and entertaining pieces on the proper care of domestic animals.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2012 in Animals & Birds

 

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Seven Ways Your Outdoor Signage Strategy Can Help With Profitability

The use of outdoor signage has been a powerful marketing tactic for many years. From store signs to billboards to banners, many companies have used this method as a way to generate business.

Outdoor signage is extremely effective because it helps businesses push out a marketing message and have it resonate with their target audience. Like any marketing tactic, though, some businesses have seen more success with their outdoor signage because they know how to use it effectively. If your company is in the market for using outdoor signage successfully, check out the following tips.

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1. Use the right color scheme

Before you can choose the colors that you will use on your outdoor signage, you need to know where it’s going to be placed. If you’re using a billboard, light blue may not be the best background color to use because it will blend in with the sky. Instead, use colors that stand out against the background of your signage in order to make it pop. This way, your sign will not get lost.

Along with the color of the actual signage, you need to use the right color for the message of your sign. Your message is what will resonate with your audience, so you need to make sure that it is easily visible.

2. Don’t overdo it.

Depending on where your outdoor sign is placed, some people will only have a few seconds to glance at it and comprehend your message, which is why it is absolutely important for you to use simple messaging. If you try to put a paragraph of content on a billboard, your audience will never read more than the first few lines.

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3. Understand your signage reflects your business.

Your signage is an extension of your company’s brand and image, so you want to make sure that your signage is created with the same type of quality that you place on your products and services. If you are constantly opting for cheap signage, some customers are going to associate your brand with being cheaply made. Instead of allowing them to think this way, make sure that your signs are always produced by a quality sign company.

4. Make it easy to remember.

Most people who will see your outdoor signage will be driving or walking by and only able to give your sign a moment’s worth of attention. For this reason, you need to make sure that your signage is memorable, either with a catchy headline or an easy-to-remember web address. The easier your sign is to remember, the more likely that individual will give your business a second look.

5. Be engaging.

To be more engaging, you can opt to use a digital sign instead of a traditional print sign. Digital signs allow you to interact with your customers and provide them with more information. Plus, you can easily switch out your message without needing to reprint a new sign.

If you’re not interested in digital, give your customers the chance to take something away from your sign. Add a brochure box and make sure the box is always fully stocked with brochures on your company. This allows your sign to gain their attention and then provides them with additional information without having to search for it.

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6. Know the regulations.

Certain towns have regulations in place regarding outdoor signage. Some towns don’t allow signage to exceed certain sizes while others may have a time frame as to how long your signage can be posted in certain areas. Before you place your outdoor signage, make sure you check with local municipalities to make sure that you are following guidelines. If you don’t, you could end up spending money on a sign that you can’t use as well as find yourself with a hefty fine from the town.

7. Track your signage success.

The only way to know if your signage is working is to track its success. When customers come into your store, ask them how they heard about you and see if they mention the sign. You can also add a referral code on your signage and track the sign’s success that way, or you can place a QR code on your sign and track how much traffic the code generates. Knowing the success of your sign can help you determine if your current signage is working or if you need to make changes.

Outdoor signage is a great tactic for your business, and when you couple it with these tips, you’ll see more success than you expected.

M.P. Brown enjoys sharing advertising strategy with fellow business operators. M.P writes for Icon ID.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in Business & Economy

 

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5 Tips on Shopping Online

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The average online shopper is a woman who is 42 years old. This shopper spends an average of $400 per month. When women grow to the age of 40s, they shift their consumption of time from social media to the e-commerce sites.
Tip one:
Bookmark the Reliable online Shopping Sites
Bookmarking is a very good act for all internet users. All the important sites you visit should be bookmarked in order to make future access easier.
The top commerce-sites
The leading e-commerce sites are listed below:
·         Alibaba.com
·         eBay
·         Amazon.com
These are great size starting with their revenue to the number of online shoppers who visit the websites for business purpose.
Tip 2: Ignore Suspicious Offers Sent by Email
All spam messages should be avoided because they propose some impossible discounts to the email recipients. The best thing you can do with such mails is to ignore them.
Tip 3: verify the Unbelievable Offers
Malicious ads must be tested for their authenticity. Do not transact any money before checking out the discounts. The goods which are mostly bought online include electronic consumer goods, computers, and apparel among others.
Tip 4: Double Check Payment Sites URL
Phishers have started the use of spoofed pages to trick people who shop online into giving very private information about their bank accounts and credit cards to the fraudsters.  It is a good practice to always double check the URL details of all payment sites before sending money. EBay and Pay Pal are some of the leading sites which have faced phising attacks in the past.
Tip 5: Use a Reliable Security Software
It is also advisable to purchase reliable security software which can be used to block all suspicious websites online.

An infographic by the team at PriceCollate

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2012 in Fashion & Lifestyle

 

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Staged and Sold: Sell Your Home Like a Pro

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For first time home sellers the process may seem like a daunting task. The truth is that selling your home isn’t much different from selling anything else, just with a lot more paperwork. Selling your home is about presenting the best possible product to the customer in order to make them want to purchase it as quickly and for as much money as possible. While you may not be able to change the location, age and square footage of your home, you can make a few inexpensive changes that will help your home sell quickly and for more money than you may expect.

Home staging is an art, not a science, but there is a basic philosophy that you should follow when staging your home for sale. The idea is to take your home and make it look like the dream home of your potential buyer and not the home that you currently live in. This includes taking down photographs, moving furniture and more.

Learn more about how to stage your home at MyMove.com

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Living

 

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Home Again, Like a Boomerang!

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What happened to your childhood bedroom when you moved off to college and out of your parent’s house for the first time? Did it become your mom’s home office or your dad’s yoga studio? Did your family make major changes or is it exactly as it was when you left it five, 10, 20 or even 30 years ago? Every parent reacts differently to their child leaving home. Some can’t wait to make changes to their old bedroom while others wait months or even years before changing a thing. These days, many parents are turning their child’s old bedroom back into a bedroom so that their son or daughter can move back in.

The current generation of 20-somethings has been dubbed the boomerang generation because so many of them are deciding to move back in with mom and dad after college. What was once thought to be an embarrassing move for an adult has become commonplace. Check out this infographic from My Move to see why.

Are you ready for your adult child to leave home? Learn more at MyMove.com

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Family and Personal

 

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