We Present To You: The Cat Language

I can’t count the times I have wished for my cat to be able to talk. Well, I found out that my fur ball was actually talking to me in its own language. I bet that you have the same wish as me! And what if I tell you that you can simply follow their body language and the intonation of their meowing.

Observing your cat’s behavior can finally help you find a common language with your furry friend.

The tail

If the tail is raised upward and it curls at the top, it means that your cat is telling you that it is happy. Occasional twitches mean that your feline is either way too excited about something or it may be a sign of worry. Vets say that knocking the tail on the floor indicates some sort of pain. It is a sign that you should make an appointment at the vet and see what is the problem. If the fur juts out, then your fluffy friend is very excited about something or it feels threatened. So, cats fluff their tails to create an illusion that they are very big and scary and in this way intimidate their enemy. If the tail vibrates, then your cat can be either agitated, happy to see you, or impatiently waiting for something( like a treat). If you notice your cat sticking its tail up and bending its back to form an “N” you should be careful. This is a sign of extreme aggression and occurs during self-defense. So, if you see no sign of danger, simply try and pet your cat in order to try to calm it down. On the other hand, a sign of a slight aggression or fright is a tail straight but inclined at a lower angle. Felines show their guilt by lowering the tail toward the ground. When you notice something like this, be sure that your cat has been naughty and shows its guilt. Another thing is wagging the tail from side to side and this means that your feline is either angry or simply wants to play with you ( yes, cat’s are THAT much unpredictable).

The eyes

Dilated pupils indicate strong feelings such as playfulness, agitation, fright, or aggression. If you and your feline stare into each other’s eyes then it means that your cat trusts you and it is not afraid to look you directly in the eyes. A slow blink sometimes followed with a purr means that your cat is calm and comfy.

Behaviour around people

A cat marks you as its territory and property by rubbing against you. Your cat shows that it feels comfortable and safe around you if it pokes with its nose. A feline says ‘hello’ by rubbing a part of their furry body against you ( head, tail, or its side). If a cat is butting you slightly with its head, it considers you their best friend. When a cat is happy or wants to play it moves from one paw to another. If a cat licks you, then you are considered family. A feline shows its love in the strangest ways, so if a cat eats your hair it is a strong sign of trust and love. It is simply trying to clean you. But, if a cat bites you then you should definitely give it some time alone. Cats are independent creatures that need their own personal space from time to time.

Other types of body language

“I see you” is a phrase a cat says when it raises its nose up and throws its head. Have you noticed how often your cat does this while watching people pass by, sitting in front of the window?

The vocal language

By using a short sound of ‘meow’ a cat generally greats other people or announces its presence. If your cat meows longer, it means that it is very excited to see you. By voicing a medium-length meow cats ask for food and/or water. If a cat demands something then it will voice a longer meowing sound mixed with purring. A low meow is an indication of dissatisfaction, whereas a loud meow shows some urgent demand. And we all know that cats purr when they are happy- and we love it!

How to establish a better communication with your feline

You can show your cat that it is safe letting you stroke it by sitting on the floor with your legs crossed and look at your cat. Yout feline will come to you. Or, you can stretch your hand out in its direction. If your cat is hidden somewhere, just use a calm voice when you are calling for it.

Cats sure are complicated creatures but knowing all of this can help you understand them better. So what are you waiting for? Go and talk to your cat!



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