Cats have a reputation for being aloof and elusive. But despite this reputation, our cats are constantly communicating with us. Along with a wide variety of vocalizations, cats communicate with their ears, tails, eyes, whiskers and body posture. They also exhibit complex behaviors that let us know what’s on their minds. Learning to understand cat body language can improve your relationship with your favorite feline. Establishing a mutual understanding makes for a happier and more relaxed cat. In the interest of human-cat relations, this post will detail some of the important cat body language a cat guardian needs to know.
Cats will often use several forms and combinations of body language to display their feelings. As a start, learn to recognize a happy cat. In addition, as cat people know, every cat is an individual with his or her own personality. Therefore, it’s best to interpret these communication signals as a whole, taking into account the surrounding circumstances and your own cat’s nature. Like us, cats can also send mixed signals if they are unsure of a situation. Your cat’s eyes and ears may say “I’m cool,” but his tail and body posture may tell you otherwise. If you notice a dramatic change in your cat’s overall demeanor or behavior, it could indicate an emotional or physical problem. Learn to determine if your kitty is suffering from physical discomfort, malaise or depression. Take time to observe and understand your cat’s various ways of communicating. You’ll gain admission to a rich world of feline “language,” and both you and your cat will benefit from deeper relations. And as always, at PugetPets, experienced “cat people” are standing by to care for your feline friends when you can’t be there. Rest assured, we speak fluent Cat.