Learn the cat language
As from its earliest days, the kitten learns how to behave by mimicking its mother and the other litter’s kittens. The ears’ and the tail’s positions and even the pupils enable the cat to send many messages to other cats but also to humans. Learning to understand the cat’s body language will allow you to interpret its mood.
1. The cat’s tail
- A moving tail: This could be irritation, excitement or annoyance. If your cat is moving its tail from left to right, it is most probably annoyed. If you are cuddling it, stop it and leave your cat alone.
- A spiky tail: It could indicate several things like excitation, fear or anger. When it is straight and spiky, the cat is in a position of threat and/or is afraid. It reacts this way to intimidate the enemy or to protect itself. In case of threat, its tail may also be spiky and downwards or between its legs. Finally, if it is slightly spiky and turned towards its back, it probably wants to play.
2. The cat’s ears
- Flat ears: They may indicate content, annoyance or irritation. If they are inclined forwards, your cat is feeling good and relaxed. However, if they are lowered on the sides and that your cat has dilated pupils, it is probably afraid and is on the defensive. If you are cuddling it, leave it alone.
- Straight ears: it can be anger or the cat is calm. If they are slightly turned forwards, your cat is simply calm or neutral. If they are straight and turned on the sides, your cat is angry.
3. The cat’s eyes
- Very dilated pupils: The cat is excited (alert, fear, etc…)
- Fine pupils: The cat is in hunting mode
- In between i.e. “normal pupils”: The cat is relaxed or happy. Finally, a cat with half closed pupils is a soothed cat. Also, when it blinks: it is expressing its trust and its well-being.
If your cat brushed objects and furniture or rubs itself against you, it is, above all, to drop its hormones (pheromones) hence, its odour. It reassures and calms it. By sharing its odour with you, it is also showing its devotion. To learn more about the cat’s marking, click here .
Many kinds of meows with different tones exist. By observing your cat’s posture and attitude, you can probably automatically decrypt your cat’s meows automatically. To learn more about cats’ meows, click here . Remember, the cat meows above all to communicate with us, humans. To communicate among themselves, cats use mainly pheromones and posture.