Understanding Feline Body Language

Humans and cats may not speak the same language but we are still communicating with one another using non-verbal cues. Knowing your cat’s basic body language will greatly help you in determining how your cat is feeling. Here are some basic clues:

1. Tail up – This means your cat is happy and cheerful.

2. Fur on tail is standing end – The cat is frightened or angry.

3. Tail moving back and forth – A cat’s wagging tail is not the same for dogs. This means the cat is agitated or nervous.

4. Ears forward – The cat is happy, interested or alert.

5. Ears back or flat – Meaning he is angry, frightened or irritable.

6. Ears are moving – This cat is attentive and listening to his surroundings.

7. Constricted pupils – This means the cat is tense or aggressive but the brightness of the light should also be taken into consideration.

8. Dilated pupils – A cat’s pupils dilate when he is surprised, afraid, nervous or submissive.

9. Stare – This means the cat is challenging you.

10. Slow blinking – This means the cat feels safe and comfortable with you.

11. Arched back with fur standing on end – The cat is angry or frightened.

12. Arched back with fur flat – The cat is welcoming your touch.

Understanding Feline Body Languageimage – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXPpS55Mimw

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