Why are they fighting?

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If you yell at a cat, she sometimes turns her back to the owners and arrogantly refuses to look at them. Here is how a “cold arrogance” one owner cat: “He turned his back, calmly and haughtily sat down on the floor, not wanting to respond to his name (which usually did), although he turned his ears back”. This animal behavior, which had made a suggestion or which was punished’ve noticed many owners. It is usually said that a cat “pouting” or “sulking”. But what does she do, really?
The cat is not showing “wounded pride”, according to the owners. Her arrogance is no more than apparent. Many don’t understand it, losing sight of the fact that in the eyes of the cat people look huge and thus is physically superior to her creatures. When a cat commits a misdemeanor and the owner is angry, the animal feels threatened. A negative attitude towards the misconduct of a cat is usually manifested in an elevated tone of voice and gaze. The latter is so afraid of the cat, its natural response is a desire to avoid the terrible spectacle — angry eyes. She turns her back and refuses to look at the unfriendly face. And it looks like the arrogant attitude of “I turned away from you.”
This action is called “disabling”, because the cat disables itself from the stimulus — looming over her angry face. There is a double effect: turning away, the animal reduces fear and as such provides yourself the opportunity to stay put and not to run away. Turning away, the cat looks at the person and can not fear that her eyes will be considered a challenge, and provoke even more anger.
The peculiarity of this “antispace” is well seen when two cats fight for supremacy. The dominant cat always stares at a subordinate. And if the latter wants to stay in place, he looks away to the side so his view wasn’t even close to the eyes of the great Lord.
The people threatening this exchange of views has become an integral ritual in the Boxing matches. In the time before the meeting, the athletes take on each other gaze. None of them even for a moment, not looking away, for that would be evidence of weakness. In the case of “bumasa” cats are a sign — a response to the threat from the host.
Doubters can the next time you visit the zoo to conduct a simple experiment that invented the famous specialist in the field of the behavior of the cats by Paul Leyhausen. Deciding to reaffirm the great importance gaze, Leyhausen stopped in front of the tiger cage and hid his eyes, covering his face with the camera through the eyepiece of which he nevertheless was able to observe the actions of the tiger. He fell to the ground, ready to attack, and then darted towards the place where stood the researcher. When he was close, Leyhausen quickly let go of the camera and stared at the huge cat stare big eyes. The tiger immediately stopped and turned her head away, avoiding the human gaze. But it had only Leyhausen again to cover his eyes with the camera as the predator resumed the attack. And again the man stopped his quick, direct glance, and could repeat it again and again.
This fact is a useful lesson to those who suddenly found a big cat in a small space, but also explains how circus tamers do their partners-lions. Single gaze — and the animals safely (with the “offended” type) remain in place.
The phenomenon of “threatening” the opinion also explains another peculiarity of cat behavior. It has been observed that domestic cats hunting in the garden for the birds sometimes show exceptional intelligence. When the head of a bird hide | for any object, the cat rushes forward, as if realizing that the bird will not notice it fast approaching. To do this, the cat would have to have a remarkable mind. But there is a more simple explanation. When the bird’s eyes are on the mind, it is “closely” looking at the cat, biting her offensive outburst. And when the eye is hidden behind the subject, look away — the cat can attack.
This feature of the study reveal the manner of chasing a prey big cats. When the victim raises his head and looks directly at the lion or the tiger, the predators look like timid and would not think about hunting. If the object of lust of a predator will have the courage to stand still, vassillis for the hunter, he gets a big advantage… unless, of course, will not sneak up behind another lion or tiger.