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Cat Behavour

The meaning of some of the things your cat will do

Cats are complicated creatures and will do things you may not understand, however you will soon get to know some of the signs and will be able to tell what your cat is telling you

How can you tell if a cat likes you? 

Ten of the Incredible Ways Your Cat Shows You Love:
  • Kneading Your Legs.
  • Kneading is when your cat uses their paws to push in and out against a soft surface, such as your lap.
  • Bringing You a Present.
  • Head-Butting You.
  • Staring Into Your Eyes
  • Showing You Their Belly.
  • Curving the Tip of Their Tail.
  • Nipping You.
  • Rubbing Against Your Legs.
  • Sleeping on your lap and purring.

How can you tell your cat's Mood?

When Your Cat is Feeling Friendly and Playful

  • Look for ears pointed forward. Ears can be very expressive for cats, and are often a good indicator of your cat’s general mood. When the cat has its ears pointed forward it suggests that they are feeling friendly, and may be looking for some interaction with you.
  • Check the position of their tail. Your cat’s tail is perhaps the easiest way to get a read on her mood. If they are feeling friendly their tail may be erect, and the end of it might be curved over a little and pointed forwards towards their head. This tail position suggests that they may be looking to interact with you, especially if they are meowing at the same time.

  • A strongly U-shaped tail with a big curve at the tip is a good indicator that they are looking to play, but it can mean something else depending on their body movements. 

  • If they are lying down and relaxed, their tail should generally be visible.

  • A tailed tucked closely under or around their body can be an indication that they are feeling a little anxious.
  • Observe her posture. If they are stood up and walking around, check to see if their head is raised or ducked down. A raised head generally indicates friendliness and potentially playfulness. If their head is leaning lower or ducked down, it can suggest that they have some more negative feelings.

  • If they are lying down, rolling around with their belly up, they are showing that they are probably interested in playing around.

Identifying Anxious and Fearful Body Language

  • Watch for ears pressed back or sideways. If your cat is nervous, fearful or anxious, they are likely to press their ears down. If their ears are completely pressed back and down, so that they are more or less flat against their head, it indicates that they are feeling scared or threatened and you should leave them alone for a while. Ears in this position can also express anger or aggression. 
  • Look at their eyes. Dilated pupils can indicate that your cat is feeling anxious and fearful. If you spot dilated pupils and they seem a bit jumpy, leave them alone for a while so they can calm themselves down a bit. Dilated pupils generally suggest that they are not interested in contact or interacting with you right now.   Constricted pupils can suggest that they are tense or maybe even feeling aggressive.

  • Look at the position of their tail. Your cat will often tuck their tail in close to their body if they are feeling fearful and scared. Their tail may be low or tucked in between their legs. This is generally a submissive position, and you should be sensitive to this. Try to avoid sudden movements and noises if you notice your cat has their tail in this position. 

  • Watch how they move. If they are slinking around with their body close to the floor they may be expressing some fearfulness and anxiety. A cat that is looking for somewhere to hide, or goes and sits facing a wall, is likely looking for a way to block out the noise and activity going on around them.

How to tell when your Cat is feeling aggressive

  • Look at their fur. Fur standing on end is an easily recognisable expression of anger or aggression in cats. If they have just been in a confrontation with another cat outside, they may come darting in with all their hair stood on end. Raised hair and an arched back is a clear signal to stay away from them.
  • Watch their tail. Typically, raised hair and an arched back will be combined with an erect tail, which itself will be unusually fluffy. A tail in this position indicates negative feelings, but sometimes a cat who is feeling aggressive will keep their tail down rather than pointing it up. You should look at the tail in combination with the other signals they are giving to judge their mood.

  • Check the position of their ears. Ears that are flat and pushed down can be an indicator of aggression. Ears that are flattened, but more to the sides than pushed back, can suggest anger and aggression more than fearfulness. Having the ears still somewhat pushed forward means that they are still alert and focussing on what is going on around them.

  • Look at their eyes. The dilation of the pupils can be an indicator of aggression. You may be able to distinguish between offensive aggression and more defensive aggression. Generally, constricted pupils are a signal of offensive aggression, whereas dilated pupils suggest a more defensive and perhaps slightly fearful aggression. Always try to match the eyes to other indicators. Constricted pupils at other times indicate a content and relaxed cat. Staring without blinking is generally as aggressive move for a cat, as they often try to stare each other out in conflicts. Making eye contact with your cat and slowing blinking at each other is a sign that you are happy and comfortable in each other’s company.

  • Watch for whiskers. Whiskers pinned back along the cheeks are a sign of aggression. The cat is holding them out of the way so they can bite if they need to.

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