Why are cats so mean? A vet’s take – YP

Why do dogs chase their tails? Are carrots good for rabbits, or did Bugs Bunny lie to people for decade? And do hamsters really enjoy their wheels, or are they trying to escape?

Young Post spoke to Dr Michael Bradley, of Stanley Veterinary Centre, to get answers to these questions and more.

Why do dogs chase their tails?

Mostly just for fun! Sometimes it can become a bit of a behavioural problem, and I have seen dogs with obsessive compulsive tail chasing when they are stressed or bored.

Why do dogs like to play “fetch”?

Some breeds of dog like spaniels and retrievers have been bred to fetch things and have it hard wired into their brains to pick things up in their mouths and carry them back. For most dogs, it’s just a great way to interact with their owners while letting off a bit of steam!

Why do dogs like to lick people?

Dogs sometimes lick because (a bit gross …) they like the salty taste of their owner’s skin. Sometimes it can be a sign of affection and also just a habit. It’s worth remembering that dogs often lick other things too so it’s best to wash after your dog licks you!