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Understanding Your Cat - Cat Body Language

Understanding Your Cat - Cat Body Language

We like to think of our cats as our fur-kids, although they really can't speak to us. Or can they? Cats might not be able to speak to us however they will communicate by body language. Do you know that in case your cat wags her tail it is not an indication of happiness - she's really annoyed? Here's a few more body language clues to help us uncover what our cats are really trying to tell us...

Calm & Content:

Cats who're in a relaxed and completely satisfied state of mind hold their ears alert and pricked. Their tails are nonetheless, held both straight up, or relaxed. In case your cat is really relaxed, she'll stare upon you with half-lidded eyes. If she flutters her eyes at you, it means she trusts you and feels safe. One other approach to tell jonas jurgella in case your cat is comfortable is if she kneads her paws.

If your cat lies down on her side or back and exposes her belly, she's letting you understand that she's happy, and would not mind when you came over to offer her some love. Usually this implies she's inviting you to rub her tummy. However watch out - not all cats like belly rubs. Those that don't will soon let you know by grabbing your palms and giving a fast bite.

Happy to See You:

When your cat is completely happy to see you, she'll greet you with her tail held straight up. She'll rub her face against you, using the scent glands in her forehead, chin and whiskers to 'mark you' as a part of her territory. She may also purr, but surprisingly, purring is not all the time an indication that your cat is content.

Why do cats purr, anyway?

Kittens are able to purr by the time they're two days old. It's their way of communicating with their moms. As cats grow older, they continue to purr to point happiness. However do you know that cats additionally purr once they're sick or anxious? Some animal specialists believe it is a form of self-soothing, like when a person hums to stave off nerves. Cats additionally purr to show submission to another cat, or to point buddyliness.

Hunting, Curious & Playful:

When your cat's in stalking or hunting mode, she'll drop her body low to the ground. She'll maintain her tail down, while the tip twitches. Just earlier than she's about to pounce, she would possibly wag her butt.

If your cat is mildly inquisitive about something, she'll hold her tail at half mast and slowly swap it from side to side. An upright tail curved to 1 side or held in a 'question mark' means your kitty's excited, and could be ready to play.

Desires One thing:

You will know when your cat needs one thing from you - whether it's meals, affection or clear litter - when she leans into your legs with her entire body. Some cats will even do some hop as they rub your legs. That is kitty language for, "Hey, you up there! We need one thing down right here!"


It is easy to tell when a cat starts to get annoyed. When your cat's fed up or had sufficient petting, she'll flick the top of her tail back and forth. When she's really aggravated, she'll lash her tail back and forth. If she thumps her tail, watch out! She's really upset. Growling and swiping at you with her paws also are a results of extreme kitty annoyance.

Worry & Aggression:

When your cat is afraid, she tries to make herself look smaller. She tucks her tail near her body and hunkers down right into a ball before backing away. She'll lay her ears back sideways and her pupils can be dilated.

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