How to understand the body language of your cat?

Posted on January 01 2019

How to understand the body language of your cat?

Throughout his life, your cat will not stop wanting to communicate with you. He will try to do this by gestures, his postures, his behavior, but also his sounds, meowing, groaning, screaming. It is important to understand it in order to best meet your expectations.

He purrs, grunts, meows, wiggles his tail, rolls on the ground, claws, brushes the furniture or your legs, rubs his head, his ears are lowered, they tend backwards, his tail is bristling ... You must understand these signals to adapt to your cat's request and meet his needs.

The different behaviors of the cat

  • Ears and eyes are linked
The ears straight , carried forward and round eyes show a neutral attitude particularly in your cat. He has no particular feeling. If he blinks with his ears still stretched forward, then your cat will show you his blossoming. He is happy and lets you know. Sometimes anger can take over. In this case, your cat will have his ears turned to the sides and frown . The fear is visible when her ears are pulled back and her pupils are dilated .

Finally, ears that keep moving with dilated pupils may be a sign of anxiety in your cat. He tries to reassure himself.
  • His mustaches
They can both reveal the concentration of your cat, in case they are raised forward. When he expresses his joy , his mustaches are relaxed as they are stretched further towards the sides when he is stressed , on the alert. The frustration was spotted with mustaches that point forward . They leave more in every corner opposite to his head when he is angry.

In any case, whiskers are a means of communication for your feline. It should not be touched under pain of having an unexpected reaction.
  • Its tail
The tail of your cat is an excellent indicator of his mood, perhaps even more than his mustaches and ears. A staggering tail is a sign of excitement , as it may be a sign that he is fed up with caresses. It is better to stop immediately. Same if his tail moves on all sides. It does not have the same meaning as a dog. Your cat shows his nervousness, his nervousness . It should be left in peace.

On the other hand, he will express his joy by a rather motionless tail, slightly inclined upward or curved.

Frightened, your cat will fit his tail inside his 2 hind legs. His body is stretched and his hair is herder. He is more on the defensive than in a posture of attack. Conversely, when angry , his tail will be tense, stiff, straight and most of the time wrapped around his body.

Finally, a tail in a low position, stretched, expresses a concentration in the cat.
  • Your cat is yawning
Your cat is not used to yawning to mean he is bored. On the contrary, a yawn is the sign of absolute relief , relaxation on his part. He may also begin to fall asleep or wash. He does not worry about his environment, proof that he is serene and calm. The body seems less tense, more relaxed.
  • The cat talks to you with his body
This is the bulk of your cat's communication. The one that causes different postures for your feline. Sometimes, too, a posture can be accompanied by a sound.
  • He rubs against your legs. It means that your cat is happy. He wants to share his well-being with his owner. He shows affection and feels ideally in your company.
  • If he rolls on the ground in your presence, it is both a sign of submission but also a sign that he is perfectly relaxed in your presence. He knows you perfectly and trusts you.
  • He brushes your legs . This is a clue to rubbing against your legs. In addition to showing his affection, he deposits his pheromones, proof that he considers you a part of his territory.
  • He puts himself on the back
When your cat gets on the back, several meanings are possible. The most common is where your cat shows real well-being . He feels good in your presence. Nevertheless, do not bother him. It is also a way for him to mark his territory and deposit on the ground his pheromones . This is especially useful during the mating season. This facilitates the meeting with his opposite-sex counterpart.

Be careful, the fact of putting on the back is in no way an invitation to caress her belly. Cats hate touching this part of the body. They can replicate with scratches or bites.
  • He licks you
It often happens that your cat comes to lick you. What can this behavior hide?
  • He licks you because he considers you, just like his mother , as a full member of his family. Thus, he marks you by licking you because he has a blind trust in you.
  • This is a sign of recognition, of love . Your cat licks you because he just loves you.
  • He shows a sense of security . He feels protected by you and let you know. You tend to appease him , make him less anxious.
  • Conversely, some cats tend to lick because they are more tense, stressed, anxious. It is their way of making it known but also of externalizing this feeling.
  • Your cat can also lick you because you have an unusual smell on you . You may have come close to an attractive food for him, or you have come into contact with another cat in heat.

Verbal cues

  • Purring
Although mysterious , this signal leads to several explanations . It is a noise that manifests itself both in inspiration and in the exhalation of the air. The larynx, in contracting, causes a vibration of the vocal cords. Thus, the purring of your cat can have several rather opposite meanings of each other.

It can translate a feeling of well-being, of pleasure . Your cat is happy and that's the way to show it to you or to externalize it. Conversely, they can be synonymous with the suffering experienced by your cat. A psychological suffering as a depression or physical pain as a disease or pain secondary to shock.

For your cat, purring will also be beneficial because most purring produces vibrations that, according to some experts, would speed healing.
  • The meowing

This form of language is only used with the human being. Indeed, between them, cats do not meow. They can shout, complain, but use each time other vocalises . On the other hand, it will tend to meow in your presence. What does that mean ?

A rather short meow is a tendency to greet his master, his owner, to greet him. A deeper, longer meowing is often synonymous with a request from your cat, a claim . When your cat has a tendency to meow in an acute way, he can suffer from a disease or a sharp pain . That's the way to complain. The meow is different from the grunt. The latter is used to express his dissatisfaction.

The postures of your cat and their meaning

  • Aggressive behavior
Your cat is angry. This is not the time to disturb him. This will be noticed at his posture. He has a rigid tail, straight or wrapped around his body. He'll probably growl. He will try to be impressive . His hair will be bristly and he will tip his legs forward. His ears are flattened on his head and his mustaches are erect.
  • Stressed behavior, worried
Your cat can not cope with the change or just be anxious about his environment. He will keep his eyes open without blinking , the pupils will be dilated . His ears will rotate without stopping. He could lower his head . His tail could be still or move gently to one side. He will be on his guard. x
  • Fearful behavior
His ears are lowered backwards , his eyes are pointing upwards. He does not move or does not move, staying motionless and taking refuge most of the time in a corner of the room. His claws can be released. It can grow to look more impressive. This time, it is for the purpose of defense and not of attack.
  • Happy behavior
The ears are stretched, straight up . He can sleep or lie down, his eyes half closed. He blinks slowly. His mustaches are relaxed and not strained. When you caress him, he tends to purr with pleasure.

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