Cat Behaviour And Body Language
Creature Companions|October 2020
Cats are one of the most popular pets and some of our closest companions.
Dr. Irfan Ahmed

Their independent characters not only make them low-maintenance pets, but also challenge us to know their behaviour. Despite what some may think, cats are very expressive companions.

Most common behaviours a cat is likely to exhibit:

SAYING HELLO!!!

Cats have a few greeting methods, depending on how comfortable they feel around you. To start with, approaching you with their tail pointing up to the sky is a typical friendly greeting and means they want to say ‘Hello!!!’. Rubbing their head, body, and tail against your leg is another classic feline greeting – if you get a gentle headbutt, it indicates extra affection and trust. Cats have scent glands on their head and ears, so if your cats rub their cheeks and sides against you, this is their way of investigating your smell and then rubbing their own scent onto you.

TO STROKE, OR NOT TO STROKE; THAT IS THE QUESTION

Cat has a favourite spot to roll on its back and expose its tummy. If so, chances are it’s feeling nice and relaxed. It could, in fact, be a demonstration that they trust you and feel comfortable in your presence, as presenting the belly shows their vulnerability. However, cats are very aware of their surroundings and likely to change mood at slightest stimulus. So, just because a kitty is on its back, doesn’t mean it is inviting you to tickle. Depending on your cat’s character, they may have areas of their body that they do not appreciate being touched, such as their tummy. This is just one of their behavioural aspects, but there are some more general signs of comfort or anxiety. Relaxed muscles, forward-facing ears, and constricted pupils are all signs of calm. Conversely, if their muscles are tense, body is low to the ground, and their pupils are dilated then something in the vicinity is making them feel threatened.

EYES ARE A WINDOW TO THEIR SOUL

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