Cats body language can tell you almost anything that you need to know about your cat if you learn to understand what they are trying to tell you.
In fact, there are some owners that will swear that there are times that their cat is actually going the next step and trying to actually communicate with both body language as well as vocalization.
Is any of this actually true?
Wouldn’t it be great if you could actually communicate with your cat?
It’s your cat, you are the judge, but there are some definite forms as body language that can certainly help you to understand your cat much better.
There are several experts that list the different sounds that your cat actually vocalizes somewhere between fifteen and thirty, depending on who you ask and are large parts of your cats body language.
But there are certainly many different types of meows that your cat makes.
They will differ in volume, tone, pitch and rhythm, and can vary greatly depending on the situation that they are in.
The very comforting purr that you are familiar with is used to show both contentment as well as self-assurance by your cat, and is an invitation for some type of a close contact.
Cats that are injured or sick will also purr and meow simply because that is a sound frequency that they are familiar with can and comforted by.
In fact, a dying cat will communicate with you in the same mode.
However, there are several other sounds that your cat makes such as chirruping, growling, hissing, or yowling that may be an attempt to get you to pay attention.
It may also be an attempt to get another animal to understand exactly what type of body language that they are showing.
Generally the first types of cats body language with come with your pets head.
The head is the first thing that you or other animals see in your pet and the position of the head will tell you several things about cats body language.
If your cats head is stretched forward, your pet is encouraging you to touch them and as well as actually trying to see your or another cats expressions.
This form of body language is considered to be a greeting.
Friendly cats will also head butt or head rub with other cats that will extend into a full body rub if they connect.
However they also use this same head movement with people that they like.
If your cat feels inferior or is submissive, they will lower their head in a gesture that is showing you submission.
However, if your cat becomes fearful or defensive, they will raise their head.
If your cat pulls their head down and keeps it down as well as pulling in their chin, they are conveying a total lack of interest.
However, the largest set of messages from the head will come from your pets eyes are the next form of cats body language.
Your cats eyes are the entrance into their soul and can tell you several things about their state of mind and the direction of their gaze will often give you an idea of what they are thinking.
If your cats gaze is fixed and they do not blink, it usually means one of two things; they want something from you, or it is a gesture of hostility.
But this is where you will have to start putting other messages together. If there body is rigid, it is hostility; if they are relaxed and purring, and it is a sign that they want something from you.
If you really want to play a game with your cat, try out staring them.
It will be an interesting game as cats by nature will try to out stare opposing cats and in most cases you will not win this contest.
You can with a dog as they will blink, but not with your cat.
The size of your pets pupils can also communicate with you in cats body language.
If they are extremely constricted, they may be extremely ambient or it can be just the opposite, they have just become predatory, depending on what the situation is.
If their pupils become fully dilated and almost black in color, your cat is showing you that they are in some type of pain and have become extremely stressed.
The degree of opening of your cat’s eyelids is also a communication.
If they are wide open they are telling you that they are ready for action as something may be about to happen.
Fluttering eyelids are a signal that they trust you explicitly and are completely relaxed.
Cats body language also includes the ears.
When their ears are moved forward and erect, it signifies that they are fully alert and extremely focused.
If they are sideways, they are ready for a fight.
If they are pressed backwards and look like they almost disappear, this is another natural defensive language that they expect some type of harm and they are protecting their ears.
The ears will also show you other forms of communication.
If they appear like they are rotating, it signals to you that they hear something but are not sure what or where it is, and this is almost radar like communication.
If they have one ear back and one ear forward, they are again telling you that they are extremely relaxed and trust you explicitly. This is always a very fun communication by your cat.
The tail also communicates several parts of a cats body language.
If the tailed is tucked in, they are afraid of something and this is a defensive signal; if it is just the opposite and straight up, they are communicating a greeting or actually anticipate something like a treat.
If the tail is in a half-mast position and moving slightly, it shows you that they are somewhat interested in what you are doing or what they are seeing.
If the tail is curved to one side, this is almost always a sign that they are ready to play while a low position and a twitching movement indicates that they are about to stalk something.
If your cats tail is in a wide arch position, be very cautious, as they are about to become very aggressive because they are frightened.
Your cats mouth also communicates to you if you watch closely.
Cats by nature almost always keep their mouth shut, but when it is not it is one of the best modes of communication to you.
If your cat develops a look in their eyes like they do not see you and their mouth opens and their jaw drops, the first reaction is that they are in pain.
However, what they are actually telling you is that they smell something and they are savoring the odor and would really like to find out what it is.
If your cat opens their mouth and hisses and bears their teeth, this is an easy one; they are ticked off and ready for some action. But they have one other trick with their mouth.
If they yawn, it is not always showing you that they are tired. It can also be, depending on your cat’s personality, a sign of stress or it can be a preparation for some type of an action, especially if your cat is naturally aggressive.
Yes, cats can be a bit cocky at times.
Cats body language can show and communicate with you several different messages, you just need to take the time to listen and watch.
Cats are unique and mysterious and this is the reason why they are some much fun and lovable, just take some extra time to understand what they are trying to communicate to you.
After all, you are the most important thing in their lives and listening is very important to them; just ask them. You might be surprised by the answer you get.
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