A guide to understanding your cats body language
From the tip of the ears to the tip of the tail your cat is communicating
with you. For instance, one of my favourite things is my cat Poppy, in “play with
me,” pose. She arches her back, seems to stretch out a bit, curls her tail upward
loosely, and puts her head down (pic below). By posing in this way, my cat is using
body language, to indicate she wants to play, and that she likes
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Another example of cute cat body language, is when your cat greets you by rolling
on her back and presenting you with a furry tummy, it shows a high level of trust
has been established. However, giving in to the temptation to give that tummy a
tickle, may well result in a smack with a paw, as this is a very sensitive area.
Is is said that cats communicate their wants and needs to their
owners and can recognize their owner’s mood.
Furthermore, feline love takes the form of purring, rubbing, lap-sitting and head-butting.
- rubbing against you with its forehead or nose is a true sign of affection. However,
if a cat rubs against you with its body or the sides of its face, it's only marking
its territory, "it is all mine - including YOU."
7 Meanings of Tail Talk
A straight tail with a slight kink at the tip indicates "that looks interesting."
A tail held stiffly at right-angles to the body means "hello you look nice, pay
attention to me."
A tail with a twitchy tip means "I'm getting angry."
A tail waved vigorously from side to side means "I am seriously angry."
An arched tail with the fur fluffed means "we don't have to fight if you get off
my territory, like, NOW."
A tail held low with fur fluffed out means " I am frightened."
When a cat is relaxed, confident and alert, it walks with its tail horizontally
behind it, or even slightly drooping.
Hissing, purring, meowing, and snarling is an important part of feline lives, and
the way they interact with other cats. Purring is used to express joy, "yes - sardines
for dinner again", momentary wellbeing, and affection for its owner. Kittens instinctively
purr when nursing. However, your cat can also purr when in pain or distress!
Cats make a tooth-chattering sound when in sight of prey, but unable
to reach it. Hissing and spitting are reserved for a cat who is threatened, angry,
or both - "don't you dare come anywhere near me." A yowl or scream can be offensive,
defensive, or even a threat.
Tomcats spray strong urine to mark their territories, advertise sexual status and
discourage other males from intruding. Sometimes he will spray as part of a mating
call when in the presence of a female cat. Female cats also spray and for the same
reasons, though less commonly than males. Females in an interesting condition will
roll wantonly in front of males to solicit their attention.