Understanding Your Cat's Body Language: How To Connect With Your Pet

Understanding Your Cat’s Body Language: How To Connect With Your Pet

Cats have different ways of expressing their feelings.

Usually, their medium of expression is their body.

As a cat owner, you should be able to read your pet’s needs.


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Here, we discuss essential tips that’ll help you understand your feline friend better.

What are the essential things to note about cats?

People find cats harder to interpret compared to dogs and other animals in the canine family.

Based on evolution, cat language is less familiar to humans.

Still, they try to communicate through different means.

Cats send us messages naturally with their bodies.

Their bodies are actively communicating with us.

Whether or not you pick up on it is another matter entirely.

Naturally, cats do not make sounds in the wild.

As said earlier, they rely mostly on their body for communication.


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It includes essential things like a simple stance or body posture.

Your pet isn’t likely to be vocal, too, unless it engages in a fight.

Mating between these feline creatures is another activity that produces sound.

How do cats show aggressive cat behaviour?

Hissing is top on this list for these types of behaviours.

Your pet hisses to warn off intruders and any form of threat.

It is your feline friend’s way of telling you that it feels afraid or worked up.

This verbal form of communication comes with specific signals or signs.

If your cat is afraid, it can hiss to protect itself. Your cat’s body reacts by its tail, getting curled up.

It can also be held above its back, and this means fear.

If a cat’s tail hangs low, it shows that it’s unsure and defensive.

Your kitten’s ears would look pulled to the back too.


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If your cat gets worked up and defensive, the signs are much different.

For example, your kitten may want to protect its territory.

Along with hissing, your pet’s tail will curl up and then hang straight down.

Its ears would also point forward. Think of it like a very regal and king-like posture or stance.

Your cat will look like it owns the world. This position says, “I am king, show me some respect.”

Your cat will express irritation with its body as well. It can show its anger both to humans and other cats.

When this happens, your kitten’s tail gets flipped around in a large arc.

This behaviour is a good enough sign that your pet should be left alone.

How to tell if your cat is friendly?

When a cat starts to act friendly, you’ll be able to tell.

Its ears would look relaxed to the side and in tune with its surroundings.

Your pet’s tail would also look somewhat curved. The tip can move around lazily as well.

If your cat is happy to see you, its tail will point straight up while it stands.

You’ll also be able to tell when your feline friend very excited.

Its tail will shake, and it’ll seem as if it’s vibrating.

Cats have been able to pick up some means of verbal communication over the years.

They do this by observing and copying humans and other animals. This process is called mimicking.

Cats can cry like human babies when they are hungry for milk.


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These feline creatures now know why babies cry and what comes after.

It almost seems ironical, since one of your pet’s favourite food is milk.

Kittens can also make sounds similar to how a bird chirps.

They do this when they’re excited about needing something.

Cats draw attention to themselves this way.

What is the meow sound, and do they come in pitches?

The meow sound is a sound that’s always associated with cats.

However, most people don’t know that “meows” can come in different pitches.

These different pitches also have different meanings.

The longer a meow sounds, the more critical it is.

Meows that are of a low pitch indicate that your pet is pissed off.

Your cat can meow like this when it is upset and tries to be demanding.

Take, for example, if your cat is starving and wants some food.

On the other hand, a higher-pitched meow is friendly.


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Your kitten can even greet you with this meow. Usually, this comes with a rub on the leg.

With cats, think of this gesture as a friendly hug.

How does your feline friend tell you what it needs?

Do you understand your cat’s body language?

Please share your experience with us! Use the comment box below!

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