How to Understand Your Cat: 101 Cat’s Language
We might usually think that cat’s meowing is the only way for them to speak through us but believe it or not, it is not the only way for them to express their feelings. Some movement, as well as actions, has been proven to be another way for them to communicate by some experts of a profession such as a vet and trainers, but as someone who does not train professionally and has a cat as a pet, how to understand our cat better? Do not worry, today we are going to have some basic 101 cat’s language class on how to understand your cats better!
- The most basic: vocalizing in many forms
A cat can express their emotion by vocal. It can come out with a purr, meow, hiss and even a loud growl. Which this being said, some cat language expert, as well as a scientist, said one of this vocalizing form, meowing, is a sign that your cat sees you as their own. A hiss could be a way for them to avoid your touch or any skinship the same as growling with the addition of irritated and hungry while purring could be a sign that your cat is feeling comfortable or in need of comfort from you.
- Eye contact
If your cat’s eyes opening wide or close slightly, it can be a way for them to express the way how they feel in the current time. For example, when their eyes narrowed it means they are in focus, or when you try to pat their head and their eyes look you in with blinking eyes means they are content with what you are doing. Either way, their eye contact can mean hundreds of meanings, so be sure to observe your pet wisely.
- Tail motions
We might always think that the way the cat motion their tail has no slight meaning at all, but according to some experts, it has many meanings that certainly show their current mood. For an instance, a twitching tail means the cat is excited on in the mood to do something with their owner. A straight up tail means they are happy, a held down tail means they are frightened, and a vibrating tail shows that they are very happy to see you.
Another way to understand your cat better is to know what they are feeling by looking at their habit. Habits such as headbutting usually symbolize their need of affection, a rubbing head kind of gesture means they are welcoming you, a flicking of their tongue means that they are worried about something while licking as well as wet kissing are their highest affection of you.
- The things you should not do if you want to understand your cat
Now that we know all the things you need to be aware of in order to understand your cat, there is something you should not do, such as discipline your cats with rough action, or shouting at them with a loud voice. They might be little and harmless but once they think you can harm them, they might bite you or even fight you back with their claws, so be sure to use a firm tone, that is not too loud if you ever need to discipline them. Be consistent and be kind at the same time. You need to give them a balanced amount of both love and discipline in order for them to be a good indoor pet.
That is all 101’s cat language class on how to understand your cats better! Do not forget that like humans, cats also have feelings and mutualism, be sure to be a good owner and share a good amount of love for the little happiness!