Every cat owner would like to understand its language, know exactly what their favorite pet wants to say. Purring and meowing Express feelings that are easy to understand. But these intelligent animals also have body language, expressed by certain movements and behavior. It is worth studying the specifics of non-verbal cat gestures in order to better understand your pet and respond correctly to them.
Expressed gestures of the cat’s tail
The cat’s tail is one of the most expressive parts of the body. With it, she can talk about a variety of emotions and feelings. The tail can:
- move from side to side;
- twitch and shake;
- go up vertically;
- cling between the paws.
Active wagging of the tail indicates that the pet is irritated, he is excited. If the hairs on it stand on end, the tail becomes fluffy, it is advisable to leave the pet alone, so as not to provoke aggression or even an attack. The tail can move horizontally and vertically.
When a cat is interested in an object, it focuses all its attention on it, and the tip of its tail begins to twitch. But such a gesture can also appear during aggression. It is, for example, observed when a stranger invades the territory that the cat considers its own. At the shake of the tail also has two meanings. This movement occurs when the cat leaves marks in its zone. If the tail shakes when the cat is scratched, stroked, or rubs against the feet of the owners – this is a sign of affection and love.
When the pet feels a rush of happiness, he feels confident in his own importance, then the tail rises vertically. He has a corresponding important gait, other confirming gestures. When there is danger, if the cat is afraid, it lowers its tail, puts it between its hind legs. Such a gesture can also indicate that the pet feels lonely, abandoned, or unhappy.
“Talking” movements of the ears and head
A cat can “tell” a lot of interesting things with its ears, head, and whiskers. She can:
- prick up or press your ears;
- lower, raise your head;
- direct the moustache forward, backward.
These animals do not need to rotate their heads to hear everything that is happening from the side or behind. To do this, they only need to turn their ears in the direction of distributing sounds. If the ears are pricked up, it means that the cat is very interested in something, it is studying the object. When the animal feels an approaching danger, the ears are pressed against the head, the tips are directed back. This way the pet protects the ears.
A cat that feels a rush of happiness, trusting its owner, walks with its head held high. At the same time, her ears are pricked up, as if she wants to hear praise, compliments in her address, make sure that she is really loved. The upturned head can be a gesture that demonstrates a dominant position. You can also observe a situation when a cat is driven “into a corner”, it needs to defend itself. The ears are pressed down.
In a calm environment, a lowered head may indicate a sense of peace, boredom, or drowsiness. Sometimes a cat lowers its head as a sign of humility, submission, if it is attacked by another cat, which is not possible to cope with.
By the direction of the mustache, you can determine the mood of the pet, its emotions. If they are drawn back, the animal intends to attack or defend itself. A forward-facing moustache indicates a relaxed, calm state, and pleasant emotions.
The language of cat’s eye
In communication between people, views play a fundamental role. Cats can also “tell” a lot with their eyes. There are several variations in cat language:
- wide-open eyes, gaze;
- narrowed eyes;
- slow blinking.
If the cat’s eyes are wide open, this is a gesture that should frighten the opponent. This “weapon” is used by the pet if it is going to fight with another cat, or if it is going to attack a person or other animal. The pet can open its eyes wide when it is interested in something, carefully studying the object.
When a feeling of complete trust appears, cats cover their eyes. She is not afraid of anything, she is impressed by a person or animal nearby. A slow blinking can also indicate pleasant emotions, which can be observed when the cat purrs.
Lovers of these Pets know that if there are several people in the room, it is likely that the cat will approach someone who is unfriendly to animals. The fact is that a direct look is perceived as a threat. People who love cats will definitely look at the pet. And the person who treats these animals negatively, looks away. The cat believes that it is a safe object.
Meaning of body movements
The cat is a graceful creature with developed muscles and amazing flexibility. It is easy for her to give the body any desired position, perform a variety of movements. The ability to recognize these signs helps you understand exactly what the pet wants to tell you, what emotions it is experiencing. A cat can:
- stomping around;
- rubbing against my legs;
- lie on your back, opening your stomach;
- bend and straighten your paws;
- arch your back;
- curl up in a ball.
Quite often, cat owners notice how it begins to move its front legs, trample on the spot, as if it is “kneading dough”. This movement indicates that the pet feels pleasant emotions, it is comfortable. This habit has remained since an early age, when the kitten crumples the mother’s stomach so that milk arrives in the nipples. Trampling on the spot the owner can consider a Declaration of love.
Everyone understands that if a cat rubs against its legs, it tells about the feeling of affection, expresses gratitude. But such movements are not only a manifestation of positive emotions. The pet must leave its smell so that all other animals immediately understand that it is its owner. With this gesture, the cat can ask the owner for food or say that it needs attention and affection.
In the language of animals, the position on the back means submission. If a cat takes such a pose, opens its tummy, it declares its love, says that it fully trusts you. The host may consider such a gesture as an expensive compliment.
The pet is self-confident, calm, peaceful paws straightened. If a dangerous situation is created, the cat “squats”. The bent hind and front legs indicate that it does not want to fight, but if necessary, it will provide proper protection. The animal can sit on its hind legs, stretch out in a column, like a gopher. This is the position the cat takes when it is overcome by curiosity, it must understand what is happening.
It is easy to understand that the arched back is a challenge, a preparation for the upcoming fight. This gesture can be seen before a cat fight. At the same time, the animals ‘ ears are pressed, their eyes are wide open, and the hair on their tail and back stands on end. Cats can also arch their backs in the game, thus demonstrating their readiness to attack.
A peaceful, calm pet curls up comfortably in a ball, resting. He is comfortable, he does not feel any danger. The relaxed pose on the side with outstretched legs also speaks of calmness.
Learning the cat language will help you communicate comfortably with your pet, know everything about its desires and emotions.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and I’m a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.