Understanding your cat is a bit mystifying as you don’t have any clue what they are trying to say. Humans rely primarily on verbal communication, whereas cats, other than meowing, communicate in a silent language. They use sign languages in complex combination — their vocalisations, facial expressions, and tail movements indicate their moods in an obvious manner.

Just like humans, your feline companion also has different range of emotions, they feel anxious, sad, angry, happy or loved. It would be awesome if there’s no language barrier between you and your little rascal, right? With the help of practice, soon you will easily decipher what your cat is saying to you, and to your other furbabies without a hitch!

Decoding cat behaviour in 3 2 1 ..

Being Angry

When your cat is showing signs of anger, you will need to be very careful. As much as possible, do not infuriate your angry cat as this will make everything worst. Avoid touching, staring, or shouting at him/her. Don’t make sudden movements as they may interpret this as an additional threat and may snap. The best thing to do is to give your cat space and time to calm down — remove any threats and pull back slowly. If this happens on a regular basis, you might want to seek help from the vet for further information.

  • Signs:
    • Fur will stand out straightly, front legs are stiff, and they will try to appear larger and menacing.
    • Tail is straight and stiff or tucked under their body.
    • Ears will be in “airplane” form (flat back against their head) with whiskers completely stiff.
    • They will be hissing, growling or spitting.
    • Eyes will be fixated with narrowed pupils.


Being Fearful

Cats who are afraid can be deciphered easily. Whether they are scared by seeing unfamiliar visitors coming to your house or scared by unexpected loud noises, comforting your cat by stroking his/her fur is not something ideal to do. They are showing signs through their body language that they are afraid, and the only way for them to return to their normal state is when they feel safe. Wait for your cat to calm down. Again, don’t try to move your cat to comfort him/her under his/her fearful state, you will be interpreted as another threat if you do.

  • Signs
    • Eyes will be widely open, with pupils completely dilated. Whiskers will be flattened away from your cat’s face.
    • Ears will be flattened, and may be possibly angled upwards.
    • They may possibly growl, spit, hiss or even snap.
    • Tail may be curled under their body.
    • Legs will sometimes be straightened up for them to appear taller.


Being Happy

Nothing is more relaxing than having a happy feline purring gently on your lap. This is the best state we all want our cats to be in — free from stress and any signs of threats. One obvious way to know your cat is happy is when he/she wakes you up in the morning, or they come down running up to greet you when you arrive home. You know, if the cat is happy, highly likely the furparent is too!

  • Signs
    • Having a good appetite. Will ask food by rubbing their body around your legs and meowing.
    • Whiskers are relaxed and tail is held up with a bit of a curl when they are standing.
    • Their paws may be tucked in neatly underneath their body when lying down.
    • Ears are pointed up but in a relaxed manner, and may sometimes swivel gently when sitting.
    • Will gently purr and eyes may close slowly when being petted.


Being Laid-back

Being relaxed is how your cat should spend most of his/her waking hour time. This is one of the most essential parts of cat language. Cats should look worry free and contented with how their surroundings go by, and show enthusiasm with their environment.

  • Signs
    • Eyes will slowly blink or is half-closed.
    • Ears are relaxed and is held upright casually.
    • Body is laid-back with no sign of tension or stress.
    • Whiskers are relaxed and cat’s face appear to be smiling.
    • Their paws may be tucked in neatly underneath their body when lying down.

Take time to observe your cat’s behaviour by these helpful tips. Soon you’ll understand what your cat is saying to you like a pro, and perhaps even respond in cat language too!  

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