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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
cat’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 – indicating a fight mode.
The eye movements
your cat is feeling at ease or is content, his pupils will be minimally
dilated. A cat’s way of signalling trust is when he looks at you and blinks
slowly. If you find your kitty’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 ‘hunt’ it down.
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.
cat’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.