Owners are all familiar with their pet’s behavior like seeing whisking tails, flattened ears and loud meowing. However in these ways pets are trying to express themselves and tell their owners a thing or two.
Ears – Cats can say a lot with their ears. Just by looking at you cat’s ears you can pretty much tell what kind of mood he or she is in. Ears forward mean the cat is relaxed and happy. Your cat is upset if you see the ears spread out side to side or flattened back. Now the time to look for the source of what is upsetting your cat is when his or her ears are really flattened back. That is one upset kitty.
Cat ’s eyes can reflect their mood. You have your cat’s full attention when their eyes are wide open and they’re looking right at you. It clearly indicates that you have his or her full attention and they’re listening to you. Just don’t confuse this look with a hard stare when the eyes are wide but they’re not blinking. This plain and simply means don’t bother me. Slow blinking of the eyes indicates that the cat is happy but back away if your cat’s pupils become dilated. If a cat starts feeling provoked their pupils will become really big and the eyes will become glassy.
When a cat’s whiskers are forward and relaxed they’re simply content. If you would look at a cat that is hunting you would notice that the whiskers are wide and fanned out and the ears are forward. If you cat happens to be tense, excited and ready to attack their whiskers will be foreword and stretched out.
A cat is getting more and more upset when you see that their tail is moving from side to side and the movement is getting faster and faster. A cat that is relaxed will walk with their tail down and will come forward to greet you with the tail up but not moving. An indication that the cat is unhappy is when the tip of the tail moves. He or she feels threatened when the cat gives a quick whip or swish of their tails.
To know what your cat is thinking take a look at his or her body posture. If they’re going to be on the defensive they’ll arch their back, tail in the air and make themselves look as puffy as possible. This is a cat that is very upset. If on the other hand they make themselves look much smaller then they’re scared of something. In making themselves as small as possible a cat will flatten down and drop their ears.
It’s very important to take notice of what your cat is saying or in other words be aware of the sounds he or she makes. They can be very vocal from soft or loud meows to purrs. When your cat comes to you meowing he or she is trying to tell you something and you have to guess what that is. They also have the ability to wail, growl, and chatter. There is this little friendly chirp they make as greeting. Of course spitting and hissing is a pure sign of upset. Cats will only meow to humans so now you know why you hear all that screeching when cats come upon one another. They are not having a party for sure.
Take the time to look at your cat’s behavior. Their behavior will drastically change if something appears to be wrong. You will know that something is very wrong if your cat suddenly starts to poop outside of their box or more vocalizing or perhaps showing unprovoked aggression. One of the sure signs that your cat is really happy is when they are kneading with their front paws as if making dough.
I live in Riga, Latvia. I was born in N.Y.C. Love to write articles and poetry. Instruct people in the English language. Live in the suburbs with my husband Martin and my wonderful cat Sid. I love rock and roll, cooking, reading, poetry and traveling.