Cat Conduct And The Body Language

Cat Conduct And The Body Language

Cat behavior is often misunderstood as a consequence of our incapability to read their body language. Cats, just like us humans, use body language to speak and broadforged information about their emotions and moods, wishes, likes and dislikes. Understanding the meaning of various body signals will assist to gain more insight into cat's conduct, build a greater relationship and even predict its conduct in the future.

Here are just a few examples of cat body signals:

1. Face language

ears up and pointed forward: "I am alert and ready for action"
ears forward and slightly outward: "I am comfortable but observing"
ears up and pointed backwards: "I'm offended, assured and ready to fight"
ears pulled back and molded towards the skull: "I'm scared and prepared to defend myself"
ears down and sidemethods: "I am submissive"
slowly blinking eyes: "I really feel peaceful and relaxed"
dilated pupils: "I am scared", "I am offended and scared" or "I am excited"
slender pupils: "I'm assured and watchful"
whiskers forward: "Interested"
whiskers backwards: "Anxious"
2. Speaking tails
tail bent forward over the head: "I'm filled with myself"
tail lifted straight up: "All is nicely, I'm pleased"
tail straight up and quivering: "I'm so glad to see you!"
tail straight up and waving gently: "I am curious, I want to explore"
tail straight up, tail tip hooked: "I might wish to be friendly however not sure if every part is OK"
tail straight up and bushy: "I am indignant, watch out"
tail slightly up: "Undecided"
tail mid up, whipping from side to side: "I am irate and frustrated, get lost!"
tail horizontal: "I'm ready to be mates"
tail down, tail tip twitching: "I am bit irritated"
tail down between the back legs: "I am afraid"
3. Different body messages
purring and relaxed: "I am completely satisfied and content material"
purring and tense: "I'm nervous and frightened" or "I'm in pain"
rubbing against your legs: "I like you and you are mine"
kneading with the paws: "I really feel good"
shaking paws: "Yuk, disgusting"
supplying you with head butts: "You are my buddy and I like you"
By misreading cat's body signals and by responding within the flawed means, cat could develop disagreeable conduct issues, it could become distrusting, timid, aggressive and unpredictable. Understanding cat body language is of vital importance for homeowners adopting a sick cat from shelters. These cats have often been abused and undergo emotional trauma. They have to be approached very gently and thoroughly observed for any indicators of defensiveness or aggression as they might be confused and not know if new person plans to hurt them or not. Pinpointing the reasons and solving many cat behavior issues they might have would require understanding attitude and lot of patience.