There are behaviours that many cats share, but you might not
know the logic behind them. Below are many of these
characteristics as well as explanations as to why your cat may
perform them so you can better understand what you cat is
trying to tell you.
1. Ears: A cat's ears can say a lot
about what they are feeling or trying to express to others,
different ear positions mean different things.
Ears Forward: When the ears are forward and relaxed, then your
cat is happy and listening to the sounds around them.
Ears Erect: This is when the cat is paying attention to
something; they are alert to the happening around them.
Flattened Ears: This can relay fear or the cat being
Ears Turned Back: Your cat is either annoyed or aggravated,
this is warning to whoever has caused their mood.
Ears Completely Flat: This means fearful and aggressive, plus
the cat is probably hissing and have their eyes
2. Tail: A cat's tail can also say a
lot about their mood and what they are doing.
Straight Up: This is a happy and content cat.
Horizontally Behind: This means that cat is relaxed, confident,
Straight and Quivering: You cat is happy
Straight with a Hook at the end: You cat is being friendly, but
is not quite sure of the situation, person, or other
Straight and fluffy: This means your cat is feeling fear and is
Swishing Tail: This can mean your cat is being playful or that
they are annoyed.
3. Being Vocal: You cat's communication
with your can mean a number of things and over time you will
begin to discern them from each other.
Common Meow: this can mean they want to say hello, want their
dinner and such.
The call: This is when a female is in heat and looking for a
male, kind of a howling sound.
The Chirr: is when a female is calling her kittens or
your cat may do it when they are being lovely with their
owners, kind of a rolling sound.
Hissing: This is a warning sign that your cat is not happy and
they are getting ready to attack.
Growling: Again, your cat wants to be left alone.
Purring: Your cat is happy and feels safe.
4. Kneading: This is when a cat presses
their front paws against something. Kittens do them when
nursing, and later on cats will do this with their
5. Curiosity: Cats are very curious.
You have probably heard the saying “curiosity killed the cat”.
Cats are very curious to explore new things, unseen heights.
This is why they climb and explore everything that they can.
This is an instinctive behaviour that can often get your cat
into a lot of trouble. This is why you need to make sure that
your house is cat proofed so that your cat doesn't harm
themselves while exploring.
6. Clawing: When a cat is clawing a
scratching post or your furniture, they are not doing it for no
reason; they are actually getting the exercise that they need.
When they claw, they are able to stretch their muscles. They
can also be doing it to mark their territory as well. If a cat
is scratching against a scratching post or your furniture, it
could also mean that it is sharpening its claws.
Even though many of these behaviours may seem odd, your cat
does have an actual reason for performing many of them. The
best you can do it to try to understand them to some degree and
make sure that your cat is kept safe. Know more about