Just like humans, cats have an unspoken way of telling others when they are angry, annoyed, happy or scared. By understanding your cat’s body language, you can create a closer relationship and also avoid those nasty scratches. It is also important to teach children to recognize when kitty is getting annoyed with all the tail and ear pulling.
- Your kitty greets you at the door and rubs on your legs. His ears are up and his tail is up. He is happy you’re home and excited to see you.
- Kitty is laying on his side, eyes half open, half asleep half away. He is content, but keeping an eye on what’s going on around him.
- Ears are down and back, tail is swishing from side to side. Kitty is getting annoyed and if you keep it up, there will probably be blood shed.
- Back is arched, tail is fluffed up, ears are flat. Kitty is very angry and you might lose an eye if you get too close. This can also be accompanied by a low growl.
- Tail straight up, waving slightly, eyes bright, ears up, whiskers forward. Something very interesting has caught kitty’s attention and he’s willing to see what exactly it is.
Although this is by no means a complete list, it gives you an idea of the basic communications for cat language. They have a variety of “tells” that let you read his or her mood and might vary between cats. The most important thing to do is just observe your cat’s behavior and you will learn to tell what kind of mood he is in.