Cat Behaviors and Meanings

Whether you’re a first-time cat owner or your long-term feline friend, there will be times when you want to know what your cat is thinking.

Understanding Cats Body Language

Sometimes you may be wondering about a change in your cat’s behavior and what it means. How can you tell if your cat is happy?

While cats may seem difficult to understand, there are many body movements that will give you an idea of ​​what your furry friend is thinking and what kind of mood he is in!  After reading this article, you will probably be able to understand your cat’s mood from body movements, facial expressions, sounds and tail movements. 

Cats had a wide variety of basic emotions. Just like humans, they feel happy, sad, scared, relieved and even angry!  The key to a good relationship with your cat is learning how to understand these feelings and respond when needed.

Cat Behaviors and Meanings

Cat in a Relaxed Mood

It is quite comfortable if its eyes are easily closed and opened, or if they are half open. If their ears are loose, randomly upright and in a forward position, their comfort and enjoyment are in place. They have an expression close to a smile on their faces.

Cat in a Focused Mood

They may look cute and fluffy, but from birth your cat is designed to be an excellent hunter – he can easily track and hunt prey.  If your cat is focusing on a small, moving object or something new in their immediate area, you will notice how their body language changes. 

  • Their ears and whiskers lean forward so that their bodies open towards the focus of their attention.
  • Its tail extends behind its back. 
  • If their focus is on you, for example trying to get food or rewards, they may rub against you with their tail in the air, but don’t be fooled, they are still focused on their ultimate goal.

Cat in a Happy Mood

A happy cat is easy to recognize. It is the perfect moment for quality time with your cat.

  • Your cat is in a comfortable and upright position when sitting on the floor.
  • Their ears point upward and forward.
  • Its claws are inside when lying down. Legs spread outward. This shows that he is very happy. You can caress your cat and show him your love.

Cat in an Worried Mood

Cats can be particularly sensitive to change.  Cats can take some time to settle down after unexpected changes, so learning to read the signs of anxious cat behavior can help your cat get back into a relaxed state. 

  • Its eyes are open and open and close at long intervals.
  • Their ears move back and forth.
  • It responds to every sound.
  • Stands upright with his back ready to run or jump.

Cat in an Angry Mood

If your cat can’t reach his favorite toy. If he has been alone for a long time and his needs are not met. He may be depressed and frustrated. 

  • All his senses are adjusted to their targets; The eyes will be wide open, with the eyes widened, the ears forward, and the whiskers pointing forward and spread.
  • If they can’t achieve what they want, they may move forward impatiently.
  • If he hisses at you when you walk on him, you should leave him alone for a while. 

You should take the necessary measures to eliminate the situation where your cat is hurt. Cats with prolonged irritability may often be lethargic, aloof from their food, and may not want to play or interact with others.

Cat in a “Relaxed” Mood

An angry, frightened, or frustrated cat will likely begin to relax when they feel reassured that the perceived threat is over.  Ö It is important to realize that they felt scared or fkel, so that you can provide the confidence to reassure her. As soon as you realize when your cat is relaxed, you can get back to your normal routine. If your cat is yawning and stretching, she is now relieved. Dry movements, gaze, eyebrow and mustache posture are visibly loosened and tension is removed.

When you understand how your cat is feeling, you can better respond to her needs and behaviors..