Vintage Halloween Gurley Candle ~ Black Cat w/ Arched Back
I am writing to ask you about an eye issue one of my cats is having. Just yesterday, I noticed a little bit of gunk in the corner of her eye, and I wiped it with a Kleenex. I thought it was strange since she never has gunk in the corners of her eyes. I also started to notice her squinting that same eye yesterday evening. Today, she had more clear-colored stuff in the corner of the same eye and she is still squinting it. I have no issues with taking her to the vet, other than the fact that the vet is very traumatic for this cat. She absolutely hates going to the vet, being poked and prodded, etc.
When it happened the 2nd time yesterday, he arched for a much longer time, walkign sideways and we were kinda like playing hide and seek after his da-bird session. Can you imagine how scared I was, cos I just remembered cats arch, tails and fur all standing and puffed up in attack mode.
Because most of an animal’s speech is body language, posture, and gesture, the key to understanding your cat is learning to read its body language. Vocal speech, in the sense of sounds with a particular meaning, also exists, but it is secondary. Most actions included here exist in combinations rather than singly. Thus, a cat with slitted eyes and ears hard down will probably also be arched or tense, whereas a cat with narrowed eyes and ears slightly down and to the side may also be purring and will be relaxed.The cat's arching back is actually part of his complex body-language system. Not only does he arch his back as a form of stretching "sleepy" muscles after a nap, the arched back is also a form of showing that the cat is feeling threatened. In the latter case, the arched back is usually accompanied by his hair standing out all over his body, especially on his tail. He may even turn sideways to present an even more impressive profile to scare away a threatening animal. His arch is able to get so high because his spine contains nearly 60 vertebrae (humans only have about 34) which fit together loosely, giving him that incredible flexibility.Why do dogs arch their backs? We are used to seeing cats arch their backs, to such an extent that a black cat with an arched back has become the staple image for many Halloween decorations, but what about dogs who arch their backs, why do they do that? One may assume, that just like cats, dogs must arch their backs for the purpose of appearing larger and more intimidating, but turns out, when a dog arches his back and acts abnormally, one of the first and foremost concerns should be evaluating the possibility of an underlying health problem.The familiar "Halloween cat" pose, in a multi-cat household, is usually a great way to initiate a chase. Your cat will sometimes do this to you in the hopes that you'll get better at playing cat and... well, cat, er, ah... person. The arched back and fluffed up fur make the cat look larger in order to intimidate the "enemy." Turning sideways does an even better job as the cat hops across the house. Other than that, arching the back makes for a really good stretch and helps keep felines limber.On a lighter note, a hunched posture in dogs can be seen when they are fearful and feel particularly vulnerable. Unlike the cat, that by arching his back is trying to look larger, it’s almost as if these dogs want to appear smaller than they really are, almost wishing to become invisible.Tails
When the tail is erect for its full length, it is used as a greeting to another cat or to a friendly human and is an invitation for contact rubbing. When a cats tail is vertical in the air with the inevitable question mark, they are happy and relaxed in their environment. This can also be a request for food. The tail flicks of a seated cat often indicates irritation, they are not sure of whats going to happen next. Tail wagging can range from small irritated flicks which may express indecision–wavering between two possible courses of action–or in its most pronounced form, it can be the prelude to a fight between two male cats and undoubtedly accompanied by growling. A tail that is held down with an elevated rump belongs to an aggressive cat that is standing sideways near another cat. A fluffed-up, arched tail is seen when a cat stands with its back arched (the “Halloween cat”) and it is torn between being aggressive or defensive. A fluffed tail that is positioned straight out or down, is seen when the decision moves toward aggression. (All of these tail positions can be observed when two kittens engage in play fighting.) The tail that is wrapped against the cat’s body may mean that the cat is contented or for a nervous cat, it is a defensive posture.