I Dare You Not to Yawn by Helene BoudreauJust try to resist this comical — and infectious — cautionary fable that will have even bedtime-avoiders gladly snuggling up for a nightly challenge.
A yawn can land you in your pj’s and under the covers before you can blink and say Baa baa black sheep. So clamp your mouth shut and look away from your sleepy dog, stay away from your cuddly blanket, and whatever you do, don’t think of baby orangutans stretching their long arms out for a snuggly hug. Otherwise, you might find your mouth opening wide and letting out a great big yawny yaaaaaawn — hey, you were supposed hold it in! A hilarious read-aloud that is so much fun, kids will beg for it again and again, whatever the consequences.
Why Does My Cat... Yawn So Much?
Why exactly do we—cats, humans, and other species—yawn? Why, without thinking about it, do we fully open our mouths, partly close our eyes, take a deep breath, and then exhale? Scientists aren't sure, but the following slides explore some ideas about why cats may yawn. Cats are often seen to yawn as they're getting ready to go to sleep. It's possible that the act of yawning can be relaxing and let the brain know that it's time to settle down and rest.
But despite how common it is, scientists have yet to unravel the mystery behind exactly why creatures like cats yawn, although there are some credible theories worth considering:. Bartonella is a type bacteria that can be transmitted to cats, dogs and humans from exposure to infected fleas and…. Want to give your pup yummy, low-calorie treats? Not sure about food puzzles? Our veterinarian reveals why the payoff for your pet is well worth any extra work.
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It seems strange that your cat would yawn when he sees you, but it often happens when you walk over to your pet. There are many reasons why a cat yawns, and context is pivotal for understanding why your cat greets you with a yawn. He may be acting through instinct, or it could be a conscious communication. If your cat greets you with a yawn when he sees you, it would be easy to take offense. A cat could also be announcing that he is feeling sleepy. If a feline feels vulnerable, he would never take such a risk. A cat that yawns upon your arrival is calm and wants to spend time with you.
There's nothing quite like cuddling up on the couch with your furry little lap warmer. You get so cozy that before you know it, you're both yawning. But, if you watch closely, you might find that your little kitty yawns quite a bit, and it's not always because he's tired. Even though all land-bound mammals yawn, science has yet to prove the true reason behind the action. There are several theories out there, with the most popular being that the brain forces a yawn during times when the body has too much carbon dioxide and not enough oxygen. The basis behind this theory is that when we, or our cats, yawn, a large volume of oxygen is quickly inhaled, bringing much-needed oxygen into the body while expelling a good amount of excess carbon dioxide.