It is a cat lover’s desire to understand their pet as deeply as possible. Since cats cannot talk, humans use a cat’s body language to understand it deeper and forge a more supportive and attentive relationship.
One of the body parts that gives away the current mood of your cat are its ears. You can use the movement and positioning of this body part to be more attentive to your fur baby.
Here are the usual ear positions and the corresponding moods:
When a cat is happy and calm, the ears will be up. Sometimes, the ears will slightly lean forward. This means that it is enjoying its good mood. This is the best time for cat cuddles and play time. This should be the usual ear position of your cat so that you know that your cat is happy, calm and contented most of the time.
Like the true hunters that they are, cats have ears that are very sensitive to noise in the environment. When they twitch and rotate their ears, it means that they are trying to pick out a sound by trying to listen closely. When this happens too often, however, or without observable noise or commotion in the environment, bring your pet to the veterinarian to check for ear problems like infections and/or parasite.
When your cat’s ears are pointing sidewards, be observant of your cat to see what is upsetting it. Try to lessen or address what the cat is uneasy about. Usually it is strangers, other animals that disturb the cat. You may try to give the cat treats or toys to try to calm it. However, practice caution during this nervous and anxious state of your cat. Let the cat ease and calm down first before playing or cuddling.
From a practical and evolutionary standpoint, cats tuck their ears flat and back when they anticipate danger to protect them in a possible fight. This means that the ears are less likely to be hurt by claws and teeth.
When you observe your cat’s ears in this position. Try to apply caution when dealing with your cat. Make sure that you try to be aware of the reason of the alertness or the cause of agitation for the cat. It is best to let them be or keep distance while keeping an eye on them. Sometimes, cats just need space.
It very important to note that if the ears stays suspiciously consistent in a position except the upright position, it is time to be more observant of the cat. This might be a sign of possible health problems. Further, if your cat’s ear positions do not match your cat’s behavior or emotions, it is best to observe your cat and consult your veterinarian.
It is a beautiful coincidence that we get to “listen” to our feline friends using their ears. We can keep them safe, calm and happy by understanding them. All we need is to pay attention to little details. In this case, our fur baby’s ears.