Understanding your Cat and their Body Language

While it might seem pointless to learn how to, well “speak cat” because you are, well, simply human. It can be extremely beneficial for a variety of reasons, predominantly due to the potential of improving your relationship and being able to understand more about them and what they need at different times. Cats are curious creatures, they’re independent but they too need love and attention at times.

So, what should I know about my cat?
While you need not memorise or study this article to the very last detail, there are interesting little facts that you might find useful to know.

  1. Relaxed:
    If your cat is lying down, lying with their paws tucked neatly underneath them, stretched out, curled up in a ball or sleeping it means they are relaxed. They may also have their eyes blinking softly or half closed.
  2. On a Mission:
    If your cat is wandering around with their eyes wide, their ears and whiskers pricked forward and their tale low to the ground it means they are focused on something in particular. Often, they might be low to the ground stalking something and walking very slowly and quietly so not to disturb whatever they’re targeting.
  3. Relief:
    If your cat is feeling relieved, typically their whole body will show it. Sometimes it will be a full body stretch, with their bums high in the air in a sort of “downward dog” position – how ironic. Their eyes, ears, head, body and tail will all obviously relax and much less tense. Yawning, closing their eyes, washing themselves or turning away from you are all signs of relief.
  4. Anxiety:
    Cats are very sensitive when it comes to change, any kind of big change such as a new pet or moving house can affect them greatly. If your furry feline is arching their back with the front part of their body upwards ready to pounce, with their eyes wide open, not blinking and dilated pupils, it is likely they are anxious. Additionally, they may even lower their head, pull their whiskers back to appear small and non-threatening. If your cat is fearful they might begin panting often with their tongues out and pacing around, not wanting to be touched or embraced.
  5. Angry:
    I’m sure you know when your cat is angry, they don’t hide it that’s for sure. Predominantly though, they will tense their bodies, hiss, scratch, growl and their ears might be flattened.

 

It’s important to note that every cat is different and your cat in particular might not show all of these symptoms, however this is just a general overview of cat behaviour and body language. Understanding your cat and how they show their emotions can help to bring you closer by understanding when they might need to be left alone, and when they might need some attention and affection.

 

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