Read Your Cat’s Body Language | Pet Insurance Blog

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Unless you adopted Salem from Sabrina Or Thackary from Hocus Pocus, it’s unlikely that your cat can talk. But they are trying to communicate with you through their body language and sometimes (persistent) meowing. Just like our last Pet Insurance blog post on reading your dog’s body language, we bring you what your cat is trying to tell you.

1. Relaxed

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This is how your cat should spend most of its day, content and comfortable in familiar surroundings. She could be stretch out, curled up or lying with her paws tucked in. Ears are held casually and will probably move about listening to her surroundings.

The most notable thing about a relaxed cat is the lack of tension in her muscles. She should look completely at ease with her tail possibly swinging.

2. Defensive

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A defensive cat will be showing signs of anxiety. It’s best to recognize these ques so that you can try to relax her.

An anxious cat’s eyes are open with round dilated pupils. She won’t be blinking and her ears will be perking up to listen to her surroundings. Sometimes dependently from each other.

She will be crouched low and her whiskers will be drawn in to make herself seem small and a non threat. If her nerves persist she may begin to cower. Above all a defensive cat will look like it’s ready to pounce and flee so look out for tension in her muscles.

3. Scared

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A scared cat will show similar symptoms to a defensive cat, but far more obvious. Lowered head with flattened ears. If she cannot escape the situation, she will be posed in a manner that will let her jump to the defense if necessary.

She might hiss or spit with small growls while pawing her claw out as an act of aggression.

She will stand tall, arch their back or fluff out fur to make themselves appear larger.

She won’t respond well to a gentle pet or maybe even a treat. She is in fight or flight mode so it’s best to give her some space. If this is a common occurrence you may want to visit your local animal behaviorist.

4. Angry

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An angry cat is an unpredictable cat so be wary. Their eyes will be narrowed to focused slits. Her claws and teeth will be made very visible to you and she will attempt to look larger than she is by standing straight and fluffing her fur with her whiskers out by the side of her face.

Her tail might swing wildly and she will either hiss or emit a low threatening growl.

Don’t attempt to mollycoddle an angry cat. Do not stare her down as this will provoke her. Simply remove yourself from the situation until she calms down.

6. Happy

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Unlike dogs who show their happiness very, very obviously, cats are a bit more reserved.

A happy cat is distinguished by it sitting upright in a relaxed position. Her ears will be pointing forwards but very relaxed. If laying down she may have her paws tucked under.

Other signs of happiness in a cat are lying on their side with her legs sprawled outwards. This displays comf

A happy cat is easy to recognised. When sitting, she will be relaxed and upright, her ears pointed upwards and forward, but relaxed, sometimes swivelling gently towards familiar sounds. If lying down, she may have her paws tucked neatly under her, or may be lying stretched out on her side, or on her back, with her legs spread outwards – all signs she is happy and at one with the world.

She may snooze with her eyes closed or half open and heavy-lidded, looking as though she is daydreaming, but actually just calmly regarding what is going on around her.

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