How can I understand my cats and their ways?

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Answered by: Debbie, An Expert in the Cats 101 Category
When it comes to emotions, it can be hard to figure out what your pet is trying to tell you — even more so when said pet is a cat.

But fear not...cats' body language isn't really that hard to decipher! All it takes is a little bit of observation. And suddenly, understanding cats and their ways becomes easier!



So let's start with the easiest tell-tale sign of what's going on in your pussy cat's life: the tail.

A bushy tail tucked between the legs or drooping means your kitty is scared, while a bushy UPRIGHT tail means they are pretty mad!

If your cat's tail is up in the air, no puffiness in sight, it means they are very happy to see you - food must be on the horizon!



An agitated, twitching tail means your cat is getting annoyed - so best stop the petting or playing, else the nails might come out!

An upright tail with a slight crook in it generally means they are feeling friendly - usually a good sign if it's a strange kitty and you suffer from that same disease I have, namely: must befriend every cat in the world.

Another one from the bushy tail family is the upright, medium bush - this indicates they are feeling very loving towards you {often accompanied by rubbing against you}. It can also just indicate they are very pleased - with themselves, naturally.

Another useful tool for detecting a change of mood in your cat can be the ears. Like the tail, these can be quite expressive.

Upright ears often mean they are listening - intently, while upright and twitching ears mean they hear something - either something that interests them, or something that agitates them. Watch for the accompanying tail movement here!

Upright but relaxed ears mean just that - they are happy and relaxed and have probably just been fed!

Probably the easiest ear sign to figure out are the flattened, pulled-back ears; these indicate kitty is not happy. Either they are angry or they are really frightened.

Sometimes it's not just the ears or the tail that give the cat away; often it's their entire body language.

Exposing their tummy to you is a sign of trust - often you can rub the tummy, but back off once they tell you it's enough!

A slow blink means they are relaxed around you, and that they trust you; always a feel-good one!

Cats have scent glands around their cheeks, so if you often find them rubbing up against you or your possessions, you'll be delighted to discover they are marking you as belonging to them!

A worried cat will often go into 'perch mode', with their ears twitching {clearly listening very closely}, tail tucked and ready to spring. A calming word or an ear rub can be useful here.

When it comes to cats and food, the following is a good rule of thumb: if they show disgust, they are disgusted! And no, they won't change their minds!

And finally, listen for the purr! A purring cat is a happy and contented cat - and remember, cats only purr around humans, so you must be doing something right!

Understanding your cats and their ways is not that complicated - and once you understand your cat, the bond between the two of you will be even stronger.

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