Any pet can run away or get lost, but for people with indoor-outdoor cats who are allowed to freely roam outside, the danger is even greater.
Have you ever noticed your cat wandering away from time to time, only to reappear at home a day or two later? There are multiple reasons why cats run away—or, more accurately, why cats wander from home once in a while.
Cats have a long-standing, stereotypical reputation for being aloof, cold, and uncaring. But cat owners know that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Instead, cats love their owners–and research is showing us that they love us humans in surprising ways.
1. Cats see their humans as equals.
In an interview with National Geographic, John Bradshaw, a University of Bristol cat behavior expert, pointed out that dogs treat people differently than other dogs.
“[It’s] become very clear that dogs perceive us as being different than themselves: As soon as they see a human, they change their behavior. The way a dog plays with a human is completely different from [the way it plays] with a dog,” he says.
Bradshaw says cats’ social behavior doesn’t seem to have adapted much over the millennia. Instead, count yourself loved if your cat treats you like another cat.
“Putting their tails up in the air, rubbing around our legs, and sitting beside us and grooming us are exactly what cats do to each other,” says Bradshaw.
2. Cats attach to their people like babies and dogs do.
The scientific community has placed a high level of emphasis on dogs’ behavior toward people, but until recently, not much has been focused on cats. However, a recent study from Oregon State University found that cats relate to their humans owners in much the same way as babies and dogs. In fact, 65% of the cats in the study were securely attached to their owners.
Dogs are well-known in the scientific community for forming secure, strong attachments to their owners. This study found that cats are very similar, despite their reputation for being aloof. According to the report:
“[C]ats display distinct attachment styles toward human caregivers. Evidence that cats share social traits once attributed to dogs and humans alone would suggest that broader non-canine-specific mechanisms may be needed to explain cross-species attachment and socio-cognitive abilities.”
In others words, this research could mean that dogs won’t necessarily be the model species for human-to-animal attachment studies in the future.
3. Cats show love through physical action.
Cats love their owners through a variety of physical actions. Some of these are:
You know your cat best–so whether they display all these physical actions or just a few, know that each one helps to strengthen your bond.
How Huan Keeps Your Cats Safe
Huan Smart Tags aren’t just for dogs–they’re great for cats, too! Our pet protection community features a number of cat owners who love to keep their cats safe using Huan.
Huan tags can help you keep track of your cat’s whereabouts–particularly if your cat tends to hide often or is an indoor-outdoor pet. (One of our members uses Huan to round up her three indoor-outdoor cats every night when it’s time for bed!)
Additionally, our Home Alone feature helps you ensure your cats are comfortable and taken care of when you’re away from home for an extended period of time. Whether you want to keep your cat safe at home or get an alert if they wander away, we’ve got you covered.
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Walking together is a great way to spend a little bonding time with your dog while getting plenty of exercise and vitamin D. If you and your dog haven’t been exercising regularly, this is one way to get started.
You’ll want a sturdy leash and collar (or harness) if your pet doesn’t already have one. Depending on where you walk, make sure to take along one or two eco-friendly waste bags if your dog has to take a potty break.
When you’re starting out, start with shorter distances and work your way up. Walking in the morning or evening during summer and fall, when it’s cooler, is a comfortable time to get out of the house. That way, you can avoid dangerous heat extremes.
2. Jog together.
When you and your dog are ready, jogging can be an energizing and enjoyable experience. Be sure to both stay hydrated and pace yourselves, especially if you’re just starting to train for the first time. Jogging is a fantastic way to not only get some great cardio time in, but also to stay fit and energized. If you’ve got a working dog or just a high-energy pet, jogging is a good choice to help them burn all that energy.
To jog safely, be sure you and your dog have reflective gear and a good harness. You might want to consider investing in an escape proof harness or a no-pull harness to prevent your dog from yanking the leash while you run.
3. Play fetch or frisbee.
Throwing a frisbee, ball, or stick for your pup is a fun way to get in some play time and get your bodies moving, too. If you have a big yard, you can easily head right outside and play at home. Or, you can head over to the local park–whether that’s a dog park or just a wide open space nearby.
4. Go for a swim.
Many dogs love to swim, and with summertime just around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to splash around with your pup. Take a dip in the pool, or head to the river or lake for an afternoon of swimming and playtime.
Make sure your dog has all the necessary safety equipment, like a doggie life jacket. Also, be on the lookout for blue green algae, which is deadly for dogs (here is a solid guide to the risks of blue green algae). Steer clear of algae-infested waters, follow basic safety guidelines, and enjoy!
5. Go hiking.
There are many areas all over the country that boast scenic hiking trails, nature preserves, state parks, and national parks. Get out into the fresh air and enjoy the day with your best furry friend.
Spring, summer, and fall are the best times for hiking. Just be sure you carry plenty of supplies if you’re in for an extended hike–especially water, snacks, and safety gear.
How to Keep Your Dog Safe on an Outdoor Workout
When you go on an outdoor adventure with your dog, you’ll want to make sure you have all the bases covered when it comes to their safety. Remember, it’s easy for pets to get separated from their owners, especially while away from home.
If you haven’t yet done obedience training with your dog, that can be a helpful tool for calling him to your side. Making sure your dog has a Huan Smart Tag on her collar is also an important step toward securing her safety while you’re outside.
Huan is a Bluetooth-powered Smart Tag that notifies you when your pet is detected away from home or away from you. If your dog escapes on an outing, your fellow Huan app users and our advanced Sensor Network will help you detect and locate them.
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Huan is powered by community. When groups of people in the same neighborhood, town, or county are all using Huan, they’re exponentially increasing the chances of locating lost pets and returning them to their homes as quickly as possible.
Our Smart Tags utilize Bluetooth LE power, meaning they have the ability to flag the Huan app as soon as your pet is detected away from home or away from you. In order for your pet to be detected sooner rather than later, you’ll need some active Huan app users nearby.
Let’s look at a few ways you can build a Huan pet protection community in your own backyard.
1. Tell your friends and family.
Let your fellow pet owners know about Huan so they can protect their pets, too. We offer a wide variety of colors and designs in our collection of durable silicone sleeves.
But Huan isn’t just for pet owners. For friends and family who don’t have pets, installing the Huan app means they can keep an eye on other missing pets in the neighborhood–including yours. The Huan app is free for anyone to use, and it doesn’t require a paid subscription like the Smart Tags do.
2. Talk to your community animal shelter.
Animal shelters are busy, crowded places, but the shelter volunteers go above and beyond to help pets find their homes. That includes taking in lost pets and seeking out their owners.
Our animal shelter partners send their adopted pets home with a Huan tag of their very own. And, if your missing pet is picked up by a shelter volunteer, they can utilize the Huan app to get in touch with you–so you can get your furry friend safely home.
3. Help build our Sensor Network.
Beyond the Huan app, our Huan Sensor Network is another part of our commitment to locate lost pets and reunite them with their owners. If you own a brick-and-mortar business in your hometown, setting up a sensor in your office provides a stationary location that will flag pet owners’ apps when their lost pet is nearby.
If you’re part of the Sensor Network, tell other business owners about it. Together, you can widen the net in your town.
We also offer sensors that can be placed in your vehicle. Animal control workers, utility workers, delivery drivers, and other professionals who spend a lot of time in their vehicles are a valuable part of our pet-locating networks.
4. Leverage social media.
Word of mouth is a powerful tool, and social media is one way to spread the word far and wide. Not only can you leverage your social networks to build Huan in your community; you can spread the word to your friends’ communities as well.
Are you part of our pack?
If you’re not part of the Huan pack yet, we’d love to have you! And if you are, tell your friends. There’s strength and safety in numbers, and the larger we can grow our Huan communities, the more pets we can bring home safely–and quickly.
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