Cats are particularly mysterious animals by nature. Therefore, they tend to be more of an enigma than your typical friendly dog. What you may think, cats communicate their feelings as well as dogs do. The problem is interpreting the subtleties of their body language.
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A happy cat is probably the easiest to pinpoint. Obviously, purring can be a dead giveaway that your furry friend is enjoying a good chin scratch or back rub, but a cat can be in a good mood without purring. A contented cat will most likely hold his ears high and up, or slightly turned to the side. The tail can either be directly upright, or with a slight curve towards the bottom. If your cat has his eyelids half lowered or is barely blinking, this can be a sign of a happy pet as well.
A scared or nervous cat will display her fright in several ways. Most obvious will be a fluffed-out, poofy tail. Sometimes, a cat will fluff up the hair along its backbone or all over if it is really frightened. Occasionally a cat will lick its lips or blink very quickly when it is feeling nervous. When feeling threatened by another cat, a cat might refuse to meet its aggressor’s eyes. It could arch its back and stand at a sideways angle to the source of anxiety rather than facing it head-on.
Perhaps a cat is most fun to watch when it is feeling predatory. When your cat is about to pounce, you might notice her crouching and wiggling her hindquarters right before the leap. His tail tends to twitch or swish rapidly when eyeballing potential prey. The cat’s pupils will probably dilate in order to be on full alert. Once your cat is in possession of the object of desire, a crouched back, slightly lowered and sideways ears, and perhaps a bit of fluffed fur should tell everyone to back off.
By having the ability to interpret your cat’s body language, you can better interact with your pet and understand what your kitty wants. As always, a healthy cat is a happy cat, no matter what other emotion it might be feeling. It is important to provide your feline with nutritionally balanced and natural food.