Interpreting your cat’s body language. What are your cat’s gestures telling you?

Interpreting your cat’s body language. What are your cat’s gestures telling you?

23 June, 2017

Understanding your cat’s body language is the best way to know how it’s feeling and be able to communicate with your kitty as should be. Although it’s true that you often feel you understand your cat perfectly well, you may have sometime come across an unexpected reaction or you may have misinterpreted its attitude

That’s why I’m going to explain our language to you, and so for this purpose, the first thing you should know is that we communicate with one another by means of our body postures and gestures, in other words, by our body language.

Starting with Happiness, if you ever see your cat sitting still, with its ears straight up but relaxed, it’s likely that it’s feeling comfortably at ease with the situation in its surroundings.

The same thing applies if you see your cat lying down with its paws tucked under its body or lying on its side, and besides if your cat also has its eyes halfway shut or is even winking at you, then it’s blissfully happy!

One bit of advice: So take advantage of that moment then to wink back at your kitty or pet it, because those are signs of affection for your cat, and it will most likely start purring.

On the other hand, emotions such as anger or fear are easier to recognize. When we’re angry, it’s easy to tell by our stiff posture and our tail standing straight up, our ears flattened back, whiskers bristling, hair standing on end, and we may also be growling, hissing or even spitting. You must understand that we may be feeling threated right then, and what we’re trying to do is scare away what’s bothering us so, so the best thing to do is to leave us alone and wait for us to calm down.

When we’re afraid, our posture is less threatening. Our ears will be flattened back, and we may take off running or crouch down in place, and we also usually arch our back to look bigger to frighten off any threats. Our tail will be tucked between our legs and will be moving from side to side, we keeping a wide-eyed stare.

Just as when dealing with anger, it is important that there not be any sudden movements or noises around us just then. If you can get rid of whatever’s frightening us so, all the better. And remember that the best thing to do is to leave us be until we calm down.

But, as always, every storm is followed by a rainbow. Once the threat no longer exists, we’ll be feeling quite relieved, and you’ll know so by the following gestures.

A cat feeling relieved usually stretches its body to rid itself of tensions. Our eyes, ears, whiskers and tail will relax, and we may even yawn or start grooming ourselves. Then you’ll know that we’re back to normal and are once again as cute and loving as always. Who’s up for a cuddle session?

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