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How to master the language of our feline friends

Can you tell when your cat is happy? What about sad? Or angry?

Our feline friends feel a wide range of emotions. Reading these feelings can be difficult, especially when you don’t know how to interpret their body language. However, there are tell-tale signs that can tell you what’s going on in your companion’s mind, and make your relationship even stronger.

Here are some common cat body language examples:

A cat approaching you with its tail pointing up is greeting you. They often do this when they’re coming home or want attention. Make sure you greet them back and give them some well-deserved TLC.

Purring is another way of asking for attention, although it can also just show that your cat is happy and comfortable. However, they need to know that you’re as comfortable around them as they are around you. To show them this, just look at them, blink slowly and then move your head slightly to the side. If they’re feeling safe and cooperative, they may even copy you!

A sense of belonging in their own space is important to our feline companions, which is why they have
a tendency to rub you when you come home. Yes, this is still a greeting, but your cat does it to replace outside scents and make you seem safer and more familiar. 

Once cats feel really comfortable with you, they will do things like rolling over and exposing their bellies. Believe it or not, this is not a demand for a tummy rub! Doing this would be a betrayal of trust, and they may even take a swipe at your well-meaning hand. Always stick to a head rub.

It’s just as important to know how our cat will act when they’re upset. If they’re frightened or stressed,
they may try to flatten their ears or body. They might hide or look for a high-up spot. If this happens, let them hide or stay on their perch until they feel more secure. 

While this is a very basic insight into cat body language, you should now better understand your cat’s feelings, and be able to read the needs of your feline friend!

For more information, check out these guides: 

https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/cats/behaviour/understanding

https://www.cats.org.uk/help-and-advice/cat-behaviour/cat-body-language