If you are a loving owner of a cat, you should know what your furry pet is thinking as this will help you build a stronger, happier relationship with your pet. Animals are unable to speak like humans, but they can still communicate their feelings in other ways. Cats can be very expressive and it’s important to watch their body language to better understand just what it is they are trying to communicate.
With that in mind, we are going to take a look at some ways that cats display their feelings:
Ears- there are five times more muscles in a cat’s ear, compared to the human ear, which allows for more gestures. Your cat feels relaxed when his ears are in a normal position. He is alert when both ears are erect and slightly forward. Anxiety is displayed by partially flattened ears and they will flatten further, if your cat is being fearful. Your cat is at full defensive stance if his ears are fully flattened and move slightly towards the back of the head.
Body- your cat displays his friendly gesture, if he rubs his body against a person or other animal. It is a sign that your cat is ready for a more intimate social interaction. Your cat displays playfulness if he exposes his belly and it is an invitation for physical touches. If your cat is kneading, it indicates full relaxation or sleepiness. It is a sign that your cat is preparing for a nap and you shouldn’t disturb him. Your cat is defensive or afraid if he is arching back.
Eyes- normal pupils and slow blinks indicate relaxation and happiness. Your cat is feeling anxious and tense if his pupils become enlarged and are accompanied by partially flattened ears. If anxiety turns into fear, his pupils will become dilated, which indicates a fight or flight response.
Whiskers- whiskers help cats to better navigate their surroundings and they can provide additional clues about your cat’s feelings. You cat is happy and relaxed if his whiskers are not tense. If you cat becomes more anxious or fearful, his whiskers will become tense and flat on against his face.
Tail- your cat is relaxed if his tail is loose and his happiness is indicated by occasional wiggling. If your cat becomes alert, his tail will become more tense and upright. As anxiety develops, his tail will slowly curl forward and his body becomes arched. This is an indication that your cat is ready to fight or flee.
Vocalisations- a purring cat is a happy cat. If your cat is meowing with slight chirping, it indicates curiosity. Constant meowing means that your cat is seeking your attention, especially if he is hungry or thirsty.
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