A cat would normally scratch walls, floors, boxes or any surface they would want to emit their odor into. This is a way for them to create a mark in order for other cats and humans will see. This can be annoying sometimes and nothing is safe from the attacks of our feline friends.
As an owner, you must understand that this behaviour is a common practice. There are ways to help both of your cats and protect your properties from all of these scratches.
When you are at home..
Use your tone of voice. If you notice that your cat is about to scratch again, give a sharp warning directed to them. This will help in reducing their interest from scratching things. However, this is not an assurance that they will not do it again in the future.
Sprinkle them a bit of water. Cats hate water. If you decided to spray or sprinkle them water then they will run away. For every time you would do this, they start to scratch the furniture then it will become a punishment to them. This is a safe way to shoo them off and there are other repellents you can actually use aside from water. Check pet shops to learn more.
Distraction is the key. You can redirect their attention through playing with them. Throw toys and other stuff that can easily catch a cat’s attention. They will go after it and possibly play with the toy or thing you’ve thrown at them. You can even pet them so they can behave from scratching.
When you are away..
Run for cover. Make sure you will cover the furniture or any valuables you do not want your cats to start scratching too. Try putting on sticky tapes since cats don’t like sticky stuff. There are even a specialize tapes for this occasion. Try to have the right covers for your property wherein it will not be in reach to the cats. There are materials as well that are made to deter cats from these areas and surfaces.
Close doors to rooms with objects. If you know that a room is filled with valuable objects then it is important that you keep the door close. This will prevent them from coming in and start with the usual havoc they create. This area should be free from damages so make sure you never forget to keep openings to be close. Remind other people to always keep the cats from coming into that place.
A sturdy scratch post . It is important that you will give them a designated scratch post area. Cats can easily find scratching posts outdoors but on the inside, take the time to plan on where to post and buy them. There are shops you can visit and check the products they are selling related to this matter. Make sure that it is not covered with y obstacle so they can easily visit it.
It is important, as an owner that you are keeping both of your properties and the cats are safe. We spend a lot to buy of our furniture so we should be mindful on how we can protect them from scratches. We need to secure the safety of our cats as well. Some may consider declawing wherein it is known to cut off the fingernail to the last and this can affect your cat entirely. We know that their sharp claws are important to them.
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!
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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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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!
- 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 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.
- 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!
Cats are oftentimes deemed to be standoffish and apathetic, they prefer to be alone rather than with their humans snuggling with each other.
However, have you ever wonder what your little rascal thinks about you? Does he/she really loves you? Trust me, as a cat owner, we tend to have this question running at the back of our mind, wanting our love for them to be reciprocated. Though it is true we may not understand fully what they are trying to say, but somehow they make apparent gestures for us to know their emotion.
As per experts, cats have significant ways of telling their humans “i love you”. These different behaviors incredibly show how much our cat loves us! Though we are familiar to some of these already, however most of them will surely surprise you.
Check these amazing love gestures your cat expresses.
- Cat-tail Love
A cat’s’ tail is mainly used for its balance, however this can also be a great annotator for mood and emotion. Whether his feeling angry as tail movement goes in whipping motion to holding his tail upright with a bit of an arch shape at the top as a sign of wanting attention
- Kneading Any Parts of Your Body
This is a behavior innate to cats ever since they were kittens. Kittens knead their mother’s breast to release milk. Adult cats continue to adapt such behavior when they are feeling loved, relaxed, and comfortable. This often happens when they are on their human’s lap being petted. When your cat’s kneading your lap, know they are showing adoration towards you.
- Exposing Their Squishy Belly
Cats won’t just show off their belly as this is the most vulnerable part of their body. If your cat does, then lucky you! That simply goes to show your little rascal is comfortable and is feeling safe around you for them to just expose their fuzzy tummy like that.
- Bringing Bizarre Presents
For sure you have experienced this, your cat is gifting you with eccentric presents like dead mice, bird, lizard, or different kinds of toys or small stuff like socks or even undies! Behold as this is one of your cat’s ways of showing love and affection. We must admit, this is extremely weird yet undeniably cute.
You have probably heard your cat purring before and you seem not to mind at all, well now it’s time that you do. When a cat purrs it suggests different emotions, from adoration to feeling concerned. If your furbaby purrs when you’re around, guaranteed he/she is showing his/her love for you.
Cats rarely meow to other cats, but when they do, it’s when they feel threatened or in heat. Oftentimes kittens meow to their momma cat, and as they turn into adults, this habit is still apparent. So when your cat uses this distinct vocalization to interact with you, remember that this is a gesture of affection.
This action may seem a bit odd but if your cat does this, be thankful. Slow head-bunting is one of your cat’s ways of showing love to you. According to experts, cats have secret glands on different parts of their bodies. So when they are rubbing their head against you, they are marking you with their scent and declaring you as part of their family group.
See? Cats may seem aloof but they are capable of showing you some good love.
Cats have a lot of cute, yet peculiar behaviors. One example is their seemingly weird need to climb the highest places. You can often notice them running around, trying to reach the highest vantage point and then staring down on the whole environment.
But out of all those weird behaviors, it’s the one where they roll on the floor, exposing their bellies, as if inviting us wouldn’t leave us bites and scratches after. Let’s find out what our cats mean by this action, so we could understand them better!
A Relaxed Moment and Well-Being
Oftentimes, cats are usually pretty guarded and are easy to startle. Their predatory instincts makes them constantly on the lookout for prey and possible threats. You may have noticed that some cats sleep high on trees, lying down with their bellies, or ones that live in burrows, cave-like structures, or in any place they can safely squeeze themselves in.
There are only specific moments and situations that would make a feline adopt this kind of position. It happens the most during moments of relaxation and well-being. Felines only show their bellies in a safe environment, while being surrounded by the ones they share affection and trust with.
Showing Friendliness and Wanting to Interact with You
Ever noticed how your cat greets you whenever you get home? They often meow, rub themselves against your leg, or follow you around. But sometimes, they like to spice things up, and you get to see them roll on the floor and bare their bellies in front of you.
Now, when a cat does this, it is often a friendly invitation of wanting to spend time with you, or an adorable way of asking you for something. There’s a high chance that they’d want to socialize with you, but never is it an invitation for belly rubs. Their bellies are very sensitive parts of their bodies, and most cats would prefer if you stayed away from this region.
Caused by Health Issues
Curling up like a ball, stretching, and showing their bellies are just some of a cat’s natural response when they feel pleasure. They even get into this posture while sleeping, which help them sleep better and be more comfortable. However, that isn’t always the case, and sometimes, certain health issues can cause this kind of behavior.
If it reaches to the point wherein your cat has been continually doing it to scratch themselves, it’s important to be on alert. This could be an indicator that they’re experiencing allergies, external parasites, or disease. Don’t hesitate to take them to the vet if this type of behavior becomes compulsive for your cat.
Although showing their bellies is not an invitation for a belly rub, it is often a clear sign from them asking to be pampered. With their bellies being such a sensitive region, they might end up feeling vulnerable when you touch it, giving them a negative feelings. Play with them and pet them in areas they’re comfortable with, and you’ll be sure to give your cat a stress-free pampering time.
If you haven’t read the first installment (The Different Meows Cats Make and their Meanings – Part 1), then we definitely recommend you read it first, before proceeding with this one.
We’ve already talked about some of the meows that cats make, and what they mean. We’ve talked about their usual “calling for their owner,” meows, to their more intimate mating meows. We’ll now continue where we left off, and take a look at some of the different meows our feline friends make!
Now, this isn’t exactly a “meow,” per se, but it is definitely a sound that cats make. Cats make growling sounds to warn off anything, whenever they feel threatened or stressed. Vocalisation can range from being short to long, but the message is usually the same, and can be directly translated to “I don’t want to be disturbed!” or “Go away!”
Exceptions would be in cases where they growl way too often, and/or for longer durations. This could be a sign that your cat is experiencing some physical discomforts, which merits a visit to the vet.
Scream/Cry of Pain
If you’re familiar with the sound that cats make when they scream/cry in pain, then you know how upsetting this intensely high-pitched sound can be. Cats may usually make this sound when they’ve been injured, in extreme pain, and in some occasion, after they’ve mated with a partner.
Kitten’s Distress Call
Kittens have a specific cry for help, or distress call (A.K.A. emergency call), that they mostly use during the first few weeks. In general, the meaning is basically saying “Where are you Mom? I need you,” or simply just “Feed me, Mom.” The sound resembles that of a common meow, but its pitch is higher and the kitten emits it louder. The more urgent the need, the louder both pitch and sound gets.
Howls and Shrieks
Howls and shrieks are long, high-pitched noises that cats make after they growl. They use this to the person, animal, or object that still hasn’t backed off, even after they’ve expressed feelings of being threatened, annoyed, or disinterested. If the growl is mainly used as a warning shot, howls and shrieks act more like threats, signaling the potential intruder that they’re ready to fight if needed. This sound is common among unneutered adult males, that tend to frequently encounter combat with other cats.
Chattering refers to a high-pitched sound that cats make, accompanied by the noise made by their vibrating jaws. You’ll be able to hear cats commonly make this sound when they’re super excited, or very frustrated (like that squirrel they can’t catch because they can’t get out the window).
Ever noticed that murmuring sound your cats make when they’re eating or being sweet? That’s actually a combination of purring, grunting, and meowing. The murmur has a positive undertone, and is used by cats to express satisfaction and gratitude.
There are a lot more different “meows,” that cats make, but so far, these are the ones we’ve been able to identify. Remember to practice your ears, and listen in to important details in their meows. Every pitch, vocalization, and intensity, is an effort to communicate. It’s an effort to bond.
The reason why cats “meow,” or make meow-sounding noises is still pretty much unknown. Cats can make over 100 different types of vocalisations, all of which have different meanings behind them. Let’s find out more about these different “meows,” and find out what could each of them possibly mean.
Although the basic meow can be used by cats for a number of reason, but more often than not, they use it to draw their owner’s (or other humans) attention. But it’s possible to try and understand what they’re trying to convey, by listening to their meow’s intensity, frequency, and observing their body language. As a general rule, the more intense the cat’s meow is the more urgent the message they’d want to convey.
Purring is heard as a rhythmic sound, emitted in a low volume with varying ranges of frequency. Now, you might think that only domesticated cats purr, but wild cats purr as well! It’s a shared trait by every single cat in the feline family. Cats purr to express how they feel, depending on their age and what they’re currently experiencing.
For example, mother cats use purring to soothe and calm their kittens down during child birth, and the first few days of their life. In adults, they’re most often used to express contentment, happiness, and safety. However, cats also purr due to sickness, fear, and the feeling of being threatened or vulnerable.
The chirp is a sound made by cats with their mouths closed that emits noise similar to that of a trill. This sound is most often used by cats to communicate with their kittens during breast feeding time or weaning. Adults also use this as a way to greet their owners, other family members, and pets (like other cats and dogs).
While humans use snorting as a way to clear their noses, or when they can’t help but laugh uncontrollably loud, cats use it as a means for self-defense. This is what makes a hissing sound, as the cat keeps itself in a low position, with its ears pulled back. Cats typically begin to start making this type of meow once they reach the age of 3 weeks old and above.
Both male and female cats have specific vocalizations for when the mating season arrives. They often use intensely prolonged moans (or meows) that signal to other potential mates their intentions of mating hence, attracting their partners. Males use it to also ward off and warn other males of their presence, and to keep them out of their territory.
There are a bunch of other meows that we haven’t talked about yet, which we will do so on the second installment. Understanding your cat’s meow will help you understand them better, which in turns will aid you to become a more loving, caring, and understanding owner. Don’t forget to come back later to learn more meows, and get to know more about our feline friends all over the world!