Have you ever wondered what your cat’s quirky movements were trying to tell you? Are they frightened, happy, angry, or trying to tell you something specific? Even though cats can’t vocalize how they’re feeling towards us, their body movements are often sending you a general message that they want you to pay attention to!
The most common question I’ve seen on the internet is, “Why does my cat knead?” The story behind kneading, is that it’s a trait that they’ve carried into adulthood from when they were kittens. They’d often knead their mother’s while breastfeeding, and later on in life they use these motions as a form of relaxation. This is definitely a sign that your feline friend is happy, relaxed and feeling loved.
The tail is the number one way a cat lets you know how he or she is feeling. If you see your cats tail tucked in between his or her legs, chances are they’re feeling nervous. However, when a cat’s tail is standing alert and perky, then they’re usually saying they’re happy or excited! Beware of a feline with a fast swinging tail, though! The faster and harder they’re swaying their tail, the more mad they could be.
Ears are also another indicator of how your cat is feeling. It’s a good idea to avoid approaching a cat who has their ears pointed back. They’re most likely feeling a bit aggressive or scared. Cat’s often react in anger when they feel as though they’re being threatened, so it’s wise to stay clear! Ears sticking straight up usually means that they’re curious and alert, paying attention to the sounds surrounding them.
Have you ever had to buy new furniture because that dang cat won’t stop clawing it?! As annoying as it may be, in all actuality they’re grooming themselves! A cat clawing furniture or scratching posts has been said to have the similar effect on cats as us getting our nails done. Basically they’re giving themselves a manicure! While it can be irritating, try not to get too angry at them. They’re just trying to keep their claws in tip top shape!
Almost every cat I’ve come across has rubbed his or her face on anything and everything while they’re enjoying a session of petting. While this is a sign that they’re happy and at ease, they’re also marking their territory. By rubbing their oil glands onto the people and objects around them, they’re leaving their scent to warn other cats. A way of letting them know, “This is my owner and my catnip! Stay clear!”
So while you may never be able to hear a response from your cat when you’re secretly talking to them while nobody’s watching, there are still ways for them to communicate how they’re feeling with you. Just pay attention to every movement, and they’ll be sure to get their point across to you!