We all know how much body language can give away how a human is feeling, crossed arms, eye contact, raise of the eyebrows, cats have their own telltale (..or rather telltail) signs too!
You can look at the individual components of the cat’s body language and put the parts together to find out what your cat is feeling. By exploring the many ways cats communicate through body language, you get a better understanding of what your pet needs, wants and feels at a given time.
On that note, let’s start with their tails. A high vertical tail indicates that the cat feels safe, comfortable, happy and friendly, while a low tail can indicate that it is afraid or afraid. One of the signs that your cat feels friendly is to keep its tail in the air, big and in a confident posture.
When a cat’s ears go down, this is a sure sign that the animal is anxious or angry and acts defensively. When the cat ears are happy, relaxed and playful, they are in a pointed position. A cat that is receptive to the approach and attention of others can pull its ears to the side or flatten behind its head, which is a sign that it feels threatened, anxious or annoyed.
It is helpful to decipher the movements of a cat, including the tail, legs, body breathing, head, ears, eyes, whiskers and sounds, in order to determine the stress and anxiety level of the cat. The body language of the cat reveals not only a lot about how the cat is doing, but also whether it feels sick. Cats are very good at hiding diseases, and small body signs are often the first signs of trouble.
Marilyn Krieger, a certified cat behaviour consultant and cat behaviour researcher, shares what different tail positions for cat body language mean. A tail with flat fur or a tail, which is held in a curved tip with a question mark, indicates a happy, playful and approachable cat.
An aggressive body language of the cats includes a direct, unblinking look, a stiff tail, which is lowered to the ground, and a stiff raised back.
The posture, tail and ears of cats can tell you all you need to know, but if you are unsure, look to their eyes. Your cat’s eyes, ears, body, tail and even their whiskers work together to send a message to you.
Posture, ears, eyes, whiskers, tail tips, as well as vocalizations, give us clues as to what is going on in your cats head, and whether they feel comfortable or not.
When a cat is relaxed, there is a loose, fluid body movement and its breathing is slow and steady. Their toes extend to gain traction in sudden movements, and their tails can twitch and flutter from side to side, a sign that they are annoyed or excited. A milder version of the wobble is twitching, which means the cat wags its tail, and twitching indicates a playful mood.
We owe a lot to our cats, and they may just help us more than we think! Although you may think a pet that sleeps so much would not benefit your health, your feline is doing a lot to keep you healthy. Having a cat could decrease your risk of heart attack by 30%, according to a study by the University Of Minnesota. The calm demeanour and positive interactions a cat typically has with their owners act as a great stress reliever.