Understanding Your Cats Body Language
March 2, 2020
Cats feel a range of emotions just like us humans do. But how do you as their devoted hooman, pick up on their emotions?
Your furbaby’s body language will give you the tell-tale signs you need to know what they’re feeling.
Here’re six typical cat emotions and how to recognise them through their body language…
- Your cat will be lying down either stretched out, curled up or lying on their front with their paws tucked underneath them.
- Eyes might be blinking slowly or half closed.
- Ears will be relaxed, held casually upright and forward.
- They look calm with no tension in their body.
- When sitting up, your cat will look relaxed, with their ears pointed up and forward just listening to the sounds around them.
- When lying down, they may have their paws tucked underneath them or be lying stretched out on their side or lying on their back, with their legs spread outwards.
- If you stroke them, their eyes may close and they will start to purr.
- Their eyes will be open with their pupils narrowed.
- Ears and whiskers will be pricked forward, with their body facing towards the focus of their attention.
- Their body might be low to the ground, with hind legs curled under their body.
- Their tail will be held out low behind them. The end of their tail, along with their back might start to twitch as they get ready to pounce. This is a typical sign of a cat hunting.
Agitated and Anxious
- Your cat’s eyes will be open wide, with their pupils dilated into an oval or circle.
- Their ears might swivel around and flatten back to their head.
- Their head will be lowered, with whiskers pulled back to the side or be swept forward on alert.
- They may cower, or their back might arch to prepare to run.
- Their tail might be still or moving slowly side to side.
- If you see these signs, make sure to show your cat some reassurance to help relieve their anxiety.
Scared and Worried
- Your cat’s ears will be flattened back against their head.
- They may run away or crouch low.
- Their eyes will be open wide, with pupils fully dilated and whiskers flattened or bristling.
- They may hiss, growl or strike with claws out.
- Some cats will straighten their front legs to make themselves look taller, or arch their backs and fluff themselves up to look bigger.
- Their tail may be held under their body, or be moving from side to side.
- An angry cat will have a rigid bod,y with their tail held out stiff and straight or it could be curled under their body.
- They could start hissing or growling.
- They will try to look large and threatening, their legs will be stiff or they’ll crouching in a threatening manner.
- Their ears will be tense, and flat back against their head and whiskers will be stiff away from their face.
- Their eyes will be sharp and focussed with their pupils narrowed.
- You can try to show your cat some comfort if they’re angry but if they don’t want to be stoked just leave them alone for a while.
Remember, every cat is unique, so if you have more than one you’ll pick up they sometimes they communicate differently.
By learning how to recognise your feline friends emotions, it will help you understand them better and make you feel closer to them.