Cats communicate in a very distinct way. Did you know that every twitch, every purr, every motion actually means something, at least to your cat! The key to building a devoted and caring relationship between you and your cat understands how cats communicate.
Let’s discuss the primary mechanisms a cat uses to communicate.
The eyes truly are the windows to the soul… even when you consider the souls of cats. Cats use their eyes to tell you what they want.
For example, if a cat gazes at something for a few minutes, but then turns away, it is usually an indication that he recognizes the object or person, but chooses not to communicate with them for the time being.
If however, a cat stares at something and holds its gaze for some time (and also twitches his tail and perhaps raises its fur) that is a clear indication that he feels threatened.
At times the cat will also make an aggressive meow to indicate they are ready for combat if necessary.
Reading a cats tail movements is not only fun its useful. A cat’s tail tells a lot of things about what’s on their minds. One of the uses a cat has for its tail is to demonstrate self-confidence and pride. Cats may walk with their tails sticking straight up in the air, indicating they are having a very proud and boastful moment.
If on the other hand a cat’s tail suddenly puffs out and looks bushy, and starts shaking it is usually a sign that something has frightened the cat. When given this sign, though your urge may be to pick up your cat, avoid doing so immediately. You might startle the cat and end up with a harsh scratch.
Small twitches of a cat’s tail can also indicate that your cat is irritated at something. This can be for a variety of reasons, including a dirty litter box or lack of food. Be sure to check out your kitty’s supplies to make sure there isn’t some small problem you can remedy quickly.
Purring is usually the universal body language sign cats give off. For the most part cats purr when they are happy, content and satisfied.
Thus, the more your kitty purrs the happier he is. Cats love to purr when you hold them, stroke them and even brush their fur.
Learning to understand your cat’s signals can help you build a long lasting and happy relationship together. If you take the time to pay attention to your cat, you’ll start picking up on his unique signals quickly and swiftly.
If you’re still worried, here are a few pointers that will ensure you bond with your cat right off the bat:
Trampling paws – sign of affection or need for attention.
Dilated pupils – indicates fear or threat. Stay back initially and try to determine cause of fear.
Arched back – Cat is attacking, feels threatened.
Ears folded forward – Cat is exploring. Slow Tail Flapping Indicates Satisfaction and Joy.