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Understand Your Kitty by Learning Cat Body Language

Do you know how to interpret cat body language? You should! Learn more about it so that you can develop a stronger bond with your feline.
Have you ever had a miscommunication with someone? If so, you know these mistakes can negatively affect relationships.
The same is true with cats. When you don’t understand the feline language, you might not be able to develop a strong bond with your cat.
If you want to strengthen your bond with your kitty, read this article. It will teach you the basics of how to understand cat body language.

Saying, “I Love You!”

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Your cat shows affection by slowly blinking at you. This is a clear sign that you’ve earned your kitty’s trust.  Take it as a compliment!

Wrapping around your legs is another sign of affection. You can show your love in return by petting your puss.  

Feeling Threatened

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How can you tell when a cat feels threatened? Here are the signs to watch out for:

  • Upright tail
  • Arched back
  • Upright hair
  • Growling
  • Hissing
  • Spitting
  • Caterwauling

If you come across a cat that displays any of these signs, stay away until the cat has calmed down. You never know what a threatened feline might do.  

Scaredy Cat

Just like people, cats are prone to fear. You can see it in their eyes, as their pupils become dilated.  

A cat’s tail can also convey fear. A frightened kitty will either tuck its tail between its legs or swish it from side to side.       

A fearful feline will also flatten its ears and run away from whatever is causing the cat to feel anxious.   

Hunting Mode

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Cats are born hunters. So, don’t be fooled by your seemingly easygoing kitty. You never know when your pet’s killer instinct will come into play.  

The sight of a small animal, bird, or even a toy may trigger this instinct. This can be seen when your cat begins to creep very slowly towards the perceived prey.  

While creeping along, your cat’s body will be low to the ground. Then your cat will wait for just the right moment to pounce on the prey.  

You can tell when your kitty is getting ready to make this move by looking at your cat’s tail.  It will be twitching in anticipation.  

When stalking its prey, your cat may also:

  • Have wide eyes and narrow pupils.
  • Point its ears forward.
  • Lean its body towards its prey.

Happy Cat

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If your cat is happy, that should make you happy too!  But how do you know when everything is right in your furry friend’s world?

Here are the signs of a content kitty:

  • Relaxed posture while sitting.
  • Ears pointed towards the comforting sounds of home. 
  • Lying down with its paws tucked underneath.
  • Lying on its back with its legs stretched out.
  • Relaxed whiskers and tail.
  • Dozing off in the cat bed with eyes closed or half-open.
  • Eyes closed and purring while being stroked by a favorite person.

Now that you know a bit more about cat body language, use this knowledge to interpret what your four-legged pal is trying to tell you. This will keep the two of you on the same page, ultimately strengthening the bond you share.