Decoding Your Catโ€™s Body Language


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Cats are incredibly smart and loving creatures. Although your cat cannot talk to you, he is always communicating with you. As with humans, non-verbal communication is an important tool to gauge your cat's emotions and behaviour accurately. It would be unfair to assume that your cat is being temperamental or irritable if you do not try to understand why he behaves a certain way. Read on to understand a few of the most common cat behaviors and decode what your precious kitty may be trying to tell you.

Watch the tail

A catโ€™s tail is a definitive indicator of the mood it is in. If you find the tail to be straight up or straight with a slight curl, your cat is in a happy and relaxed mood. When faced with stressful situations, cats may also tuck their tails between their hind legs so as to feel protected and secure. A sure tell of an agitated or frightened cat is when the tail is extremely stiff or even puffed out โ€“ indicating a fight mode.

The eye movements

If your cat is feeling at ease or is content, his pupils will be minimally dilated. A catโ€™s way of signalling trust is when he looks at you and blinks slowly. If you find your kittyโ€™s eyes to be fixated on something, with the pupils enlarged, he is probably concentrating or is in fear. Cats will most likely focus their attention and narrow their eyes when they are closely observing something and is ready to โ€˜huntโ€™ it down.

The ear signals

Ears that face forward indicate that your kitty is happy and relaxed. When your cat twitches his ears, he is most likely following a sound. If you notice excessive twitching, it may be a sign of stress or anxiety. Ears that face backward and appear flat to the head signal that your cat is agitated, and it is best not to approach him during this time.

Body posture

A catโ€™s body posture can convey a lot about his current mood. If your kitty is sprawled out on his back while exposing his belly, he may be in a good mood and wants to show you that he trusts you. This posture could inversely also mean that your kitty is ready to use his claws to fight. If your cat is hunched over with his tails wrapped around him, he is possibly feeling anxious. A hunched back accompanied by a puffed-up coat indicates agitation as he is trying to appear larger and more powerful to the threat in front of him. Taking the time to understand and train your cat properly can help you strengthen your relationship with your feline companion.

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