|Purred: Mon Aug 3, '09 11:17pm PST |
|A big dog moved in next door to us, and the fence of his backyard is about 4 feet from my back door. Of course, the new dog is very interested in looking at my cat, whose cat entry is in the window next to the back door, and whose favourite perches include the back door landing.
While there hasn't been any hissing on my cat Simon's part or any barking or growling on the dog Sammy's part, they do tend to regard each other solemnly when both are present and Simon often raises his fur. I think he must raise his fur a lot more frequently now that there is a dog living at his back door, and I was wondering if this caused more stress to his system or would have any negative health effects? Does it raise adrenaline the way humans experience when we get the fight or flight response? This is one thing that can contribute to heart disease in humans, and I worry about Simon experiencing any additional stress.
What are the long-term effects of fur-raising?
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