Feline language: how to understand your pet
Undoubtedly, cats have their own language. But their language does not consist of words: cats have in their arsenal a lot of gestures, sounds and facial expressions. Many owners would like to understand their pet, and this article is designed to help decipher what the cat wants to tell you.
Sounds of cats
First of all, any owner pays attention to the sounds made by the cat.Feline language: how to understand your pet of a cat shows that she is calm and happy. But if the purr has a hint of discontent or malice, perhaps your cat wants to tell you that she is sick or ill: you should consult your veterinarian.
Common cat sounds:
With the help of meowing cats communicate only with the person. Usually “meow” means any request or greeting, and intermittent meowing is the answer to the appeal to the cat;
The rumbling cat publishes, if displeased;
The cat hisses, warning of readiness for defense;
Howling means anger;
The scream of the cat is a strong fright;
If the cat muffled growls when feeding the kittens – it warns them about the danger, if the cat rumbles on raised tones – this is a threat to a person or animal approaching its offspring.
Small kittens learn, gaining experience from the mother and the environment, and at about three months of age acquire the necessary communication skills.
A more eloquent way to express thoughts in cats is gestures. Unlike sounds, kittens know behavioral movements from birth. If you watch your kitten, you will notice that he uses gestures as an adult.
Popular cat gestures:
If you suddenly rush past you, squeezing your head into the shoulders, the cat on long legs – you can begin to calculate her crime, she knows that we are naughty;
The cat is knocking with the tail – she is not in the mood, it is better not to disturb her;
When a cat rubs your paws, purring, it is blissful and remembers childhood: so do kittens when they suck milk;
Sharp raising of the claws – the threat of hitting you with her;
Attempting to hug you with your hands or stroking them indicates your pet’s love;
Tail pipe – welcome, good mood;
Arching the back – a threat, fear;
Riding on the floor and showing off the tummy – shows you your trust and friendliness;
If a cat rubs your head against you, it welcomes you and wants you to stroke it;
The cat raised a relaxed foot – she became interested in something;
The cat has pawed its legs – it means that it has relaxed or is waiting for something;
Scratches loudly – trying to draw attention to itself;
If the cat looks around and licks it, it shows its calmness, it is possible that it is feigned.
Some cat gestures resemble human ones: you can easily draw an analogy.
Cats also have rich facial expressions. In addition to the usual human eyes and mouth, cats show their mood with the help of ears and whiskers.
Whiskers down, talking about cat grief or illness;
Round eyes and large pupils – plays, peers into the darkness or fears;
The squinting cat shows calm;
If a cat looks straight wide-eyed, she is very interested;
A cat, staring at you for a long time, challenges you;
He looks at you for a long time, and then slowly closes his eyes – in this way the cat “kisses” you and expresses loyalty;
The ears on the top show a playful mood;
If the cat pulls ears, it is nervous;
Clasped to the head and laid back the ears say that the cat is ready to attack;
Divorced ears demonstrate feline curiosity;
The cat, quickly licking its nose and lips, is confused;
A quick front foot licking shows indecision.
Of course, the above definition of cat language is not exhaustive, but it will help you understand your cat.