A lot of people think that cats are intelligent and mysterious creatures that can see through your soul, which may also seem that they are hard to understand. But that isn’t exactly true as you can actually figure out what they are thinking by their body language.
There are many ways on how you can read your cat’s thoughts. Aside from their body language, you can also read them by the movement of their tail and ears. If you have noticed the sudden change of behavior of your cat, try averting your attention to him because he is trying to tell you something.
Guide to Understanding Your Cat’s Body language
You may have noticed the constant changes in your cat’s movements and behavior towards you, however, you don’t know how to decipher what kind of message that your cat is trying to tell you.
In this article, we will guide you on how to understand your cat’s body language right from their tail to their eyes. In this way, you’ll know what they are feeling, what their needs are, and their desires.
Here’s how you can understand your cat to have a better cat and owner relationship:
1. Cat Uses their Eyes to Communicate
Cat’s eyes are big, beautiful, mesmerizing, and kind of mysterious. However, looking into your cat’s eyes can offer you clues on how they are feeling about the environment around them.
Here’s how you can read your cat through their eyes:
- Slow Blinking
If you notice that your cat is looking at you while slowly blinking, it indicates that your pet feels comfortable, safe, and trusts you. You can give her a treat or pet her as a way of saying “thank you”.
- Constricted Pupils
If your cat has constricted pupils, you should be careful around her because she might scratch or bite if you touch her so suddenly. Constricted pupils indicate that your cat may be tense or may possibly feel aggressive.
If you want to grab or touch your cat in this kind of state, approach her slowly and make your presence known to avoid getting yourself hurt.
- Dilated Pupils
If your cat is scared, stimulated, or surprised their pupils dilate.
- Half-Closed Eyes
If your cat’s eyes are half closed, this indicates that she is in a relaxed state and is a trusting cat.
- Staring at You
If you notice that your cat is staring right at you, it may be a sign that she is trying to challenge you at something, it may also be a sign that she wants to play with you.
2. Ears are Not Just for Hearing
Aside from hearing, cat ears can also help you out in trying to understand your cat’s behavior. Try to pay attention to your cat’s ears to know your pet’s current mood.
Here’s how you can decipher the ear positions of your cat:
- Ears in a Straight Up Position
If your cat is alert in it’s surrounding, its ears would most likely stand in position as well.
- Ears Turned Back or Sideways
Be cautious around your pet if its ears are in this position, this is a sign that your pet feels anxious or nervous at something.
- Ears in a Forward Position
If your cat’s ears are in a forward position, it is a sign that your cat feels contented or maybe even playful.
- Ears Turned Back
Be careful if its ears are in this kind of position, this indicates that your cat is over-stimulated or irritated at something. It would be better if you leave it alone for a while.
- Ears back and Flat on the Head
This is a sure sign that your cat is feeling defensive or scared. However, it may also be a sign that it is angry or may even be aggressive. Be careful if your cat’s ears are in this position.
3. Cat Tails Are the Most Common Way of Communicating to Humans
Watching the movement of your cat’s tail is one of the most common ways in deciphering the mood of your pet. And also the easiest way in trying to understand what your cat is feeling.
Here’s what the various tail positions mean in cat body language:
- Tail in a Down Position
If a cat’s tail is down it may indicate that your pet is scared, threatened, or may be focused at something.
- The tail is Moving Rapidly Back and Forth
Unlike dogs, if a cat is wagging its tail it doesn’t mean that it is happy or being playful. A fast-thumping tail may indicate that your cat is feeling agitated. It would be best if you leave your cat alone to not agitate it more.
- Tail in an Upward Position
This indicates that your cat is happy and feeling cheerful, they are much easier to approach if their tail is in this kind of position.
- Upright Bottle-Brush Tail Stance
If you see your cat’s tail in an upright position and looks like a bottle-brush, it means that your cat is feeling threatened. If it is combined with an arched back, upright hair along its spine, and claws unsheathed, it would be safer for you to back off from the cat to prevent it from attacking you.
- Tucked Below or In-Between the Legs
This signifies that your cat is insecure or feeling anxious.
- The tail is Curled Around Your Legs or on Another Cat’s Tail
If you noticed that your pet’s tail is curled around your legs, it signifies that your pet is being friendly.
- The tail is Moving Back and Forth Slowly
If your cat is trying to decipher about the current situation he tends to move his tail back and forth slowly, while also thinking about how he should feel about it.
There would be several more forms of body languages that your cat might show in displaying its feelings. Therefore, take time to decipher and understand the various ways of how your cat communicates with you. This way, you’ll immediately understand what he needs or what his moods currently are. Trying to understand your cat will also help you have a better relationship with your pet.