Cats have awesome ways of expressing themselves and communicating with their owners. Observing your cat’s body language can be very rewarding when understanding what your cat is saying.
Teaching your cat simple commands like “down” and “no!” will make her a better pet, while words like “Treats!” and “Dinner!” will help her associate you with something pleasurable.
Cat language is a complex mix of facial expression, tail position, ear position and other forms of body language in addition to scent and sound. Cats tell us how they are feeling by the sounds they make.
A cat’s ears are made up of around 25 muscles and are incredibly expressive. If your cat’s ears are standing straight up and constantly moving, it’s a sign of alertness.
When cats are happy and contented they carry their tails straight up with the end curled. If they are excited their tails will twitch.
Your cat’s head positioning can tell a lot about its state of mind. For example, a bowed head can suggest fear, submission and even anger. If his head is raised or slightly forward, he has a sense of well-being. It is a sign of confidence, tolerance and even invitation.
Whether your cat is vocal or not, she will be fluent in body language, a key component of her interactions with you and other animals. By learning to recognize his/her voice, you can learn to differentiate between messages.
Most often, purring is a sign of contentedness, but can also be used when in pain or afraid — an instinctual response to hide weakness from predators. And of course, hissing says: “Steer clear. I’m angry and I’m not afraid to draw blood.”
If your cat is happy to see you when you get home from work, he may rub its little furry self against your legs when you walk in the door.
Like humans, no two cats are exactly alike. Cats have personalities and likes and dislikes. And, it will be worth your while to determine the idiosyncrasies of your pet.