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  • How To Understand Cat Language

    Cats have a language all their own. Cats have more than a thousand words in their language, not to mention the words you don't actually hear. To learn what your cat is trying to tell you, all you need to do is watch and listen.

    You've just come in the door after being gone all day. Your cat comes running over and meows loudly at you. This is your cat's way of saying, "Hey! You're home! Glad to see you!" If you greet your cat likewise, you can guarantee this is the homecoming you'll get every day.

    Misha We all love the sound of a cat's purr. Most of the time it means they are content. However, sometimes a cat will purr at the expectation of being content, such as while you're getting their food ready, or when they know you are going to pet them. How many times have you been reading a book, and your cat has come over to lie on it, purring away like mad? For those of us who have cats, we know this scenario all too well. Occasionally, a cat will purr while afraid. When you take your cat to the vet, he may sit there looking wildly about, wide-eyed and purring. How odd, you think. Not really. It is fear rather than pleasure that will make the cat purr in this instance.

    Your cat comes to you, meowing repeatedly. You look up and ask what she wants. She walks right over to her empty water dish and tells you. Your cat can understand your body language better than you can theirs. They also pay attention to the tone of your voice, so if you ask the cat what they want, they will show you. You just need to figure it out from there. If you ignore this, your cat will talk to someone else instead.

    Your cat's tail is very much an expression of its feelings. An upright tail is a happy tail. The cat is saying, "Look at how happy I am!" The lower the tail, the lower the cat's spirits are. A scared or angry cat will carry the tail between its legs.

    Satin When a cat sits quietly, staring off at something, and the tail twitches slowly, the cat is concentrating on something. If a cat is lashing his tail back and forth quickly, it means he is annoyed and angry. This is when a cat is likely to bite or scratch.

    Cats assess people. They do this by simply rubbing on them, and wrapping their tail around their legs. The cat is trying to get a feel for their temperament, and to see if the person will be cat-friendly. This is also their way of saying hello.

    Other body language

    You cat is sitting on your lap. She is purring and kneading you with her front feet, maybe even drooling a bit. This all goes back to the time when she was just a kitten. When a kitten is feeding from a mother, she kneads to increase the flow of milk. The memories of this are some of the best your cat has, and when they respond in this manner, they are ultimately happy.

    Reial Cats rarely give kisses, but when they do, this is the greatest sign of affection they can give.

    A threatened cat will pin its ears back, puff out its fur, and arch its back. This occurs so they can appear larger than the other animal, and more of a threat. Occasionally, when two cats are playing, a cat will puff out its fur as well. This is called pilo-erection. This is done simply out of excitement.

    If a cat is being yelled at, and knows she has done something wrong, she will crouch defensively, as if giving up. This is a surrender to let you know she understands you are angry with her.

    If your cat is angry with you, for some foolishness she feels you've thrust upon her, she may walk away, tail up, and shake a leg at you as if to say, "Fine then, I'm finished with you."

    Last, but hardly least, is the silent meow. Your cat will look up at you and tilt his head ever so slightly, open his mouth, and a slight almost hiccup like noise will come out. This is the highest form of "please" a cat can offer.

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