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Crack the Cat Language Barrier: Learn to Understand Your Cat

From Cat Hissing to Grass Eating, These Articles Will Help You Master Cat-munication

By Sam Bourne. February 27, 2014 | See Comments

Cat crouching in grass

Cats are an enigma -- one second they're your best friend and the next they couldn't care less. But what we see as erratic behavior, to a cat, makes complete sense. Get a better grasp on the complexities of cat language.

Having a cat is great, but understanding them can be tricky. Anyone who has watched how cats behave can tell you they have their own secret cat language that is difficult to decipher. Strange behaviors, such as a cat kneading on your tummy or a rapid shift in mood, are enough to make even the most seasoned cat parent scratch their head.

For those out there curious about the meanings behind their cat’s odd behaviors, we've compiled all of our articles on cat communication and training. So next time you see your cat hissing at a corner for no apparent reason, you know where to turn.

1. Reading Cat Body Language

Just as body language can speak volumes about how a person is feeling, a cat's body position can clue you in to your cat's emotions. Perhaps cats are even more expressive this way, since they are unable to communicate in other ways that humans can. To forge a better relationship with your cat, it helps to be able to pick up on the subtle messages their body is giving you.

2. How Felines View Our Words and Actions

As we all know, cats can be tricky to pin down. However, have you ever thought about how they perceive us? If you take a step back and try to see the world (more specifically our actions) though your cat's eyes, it can make a big difference in understanding the motivations behind their actions.

3. Why Do Cats Purr?

We tend to think that a purr is sort of an all-purpose happiness indicator, but as it happens, your cat’s purr could signify any number of things. Find out what different purrs might mean.

4. Why Do Cats Scratch?

Cats have claws, and they certainly put them to good work -- on your couches, table legs, and the occasional ankle. Designed for purposes of protection and hunting, their claws are quite versatile, but why, when they live in a home where they are protected and provided for, do they use their claws so incessantly? Find out here.

5. Is My Cat Weird? 5 Freaky Feline Behaviors

Cats do weird things -- it's part of what makes them a cat. That being said, every so often, our cats outdo themselves, performing acts so head-scratchingly bizarre that the thought crosses your mind: “Is my cat crazy?” Well, fear not! Even the more absurd cat behaviors tend to have rational roots. Figure out why your cat is acting like a madman here.

6. Why Cats Eat Grass & Other Cat Habits

Cats are obligate carnivores. What that means is they need to eat only meat to survive. If that is the case, then why on earth would they eat grass? A behavior many of us are familiar with, cat owners often tend to worry if they see their cat scarfing down the green stuff, but fear not. Learn why cats eat grass.

7. Why Does My Cat’s Mood Change So Quickly?

Cat behavior can be hard to gauge. It's all “purr purr” one second, and then WHAM! You’re catching a paw-full of claws to the back of your hand. Why do cats exhibit such drastic shifts in mood, and does it mean something is wrong? Not necessarily. Get a better idea of why your cat is acting erratically.

8. What Can Cause a Scared Cat to Panic?

It can be tricky to tell what could set your cat off, and heaven knows they are a skittish bunch. If you have a notoriously Nervous Nelly on your hands and are looking to avoid further fear-based complications, this article can help you identify the triggers that might send your kitty into a tizzy.

9. How to Deal with Cat Behavior Problems

Problem behaviors can be tricky issues. Unlike dogs, cats do not naturally take to behavior modification training, which can make correcting these behaviors especially difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. If you know specifically what you are dealing with, getting to the root of your cat’s problem can be as simple as buying a scratching post. For some help identifying and coping with feline behavior problems, check out this article.

10. How to Play With a Cat

Cats are a pretty self sufficient bunch, but without the proper outlets for their energy, they might find a way to keep themselves occupied that you don’t approve of (i.e., climbing up the curtains). To help make sure that your cat doesn’t get into trouble, check out these handy tips on how to safely play with your cat.

11. 5 Tips to Calm an Aggressive Cat

Everyone can be a bit edgy at times, and that includes cats. However, most people know at least one cat who is constantly stand-offish. To deal with their perpetually aggressive personality, it helps to be able to identify the possible causes for their behavior, as well as to have some tricks up your sleeve to distract them from their frustration.

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