Cat conduct is commonly misunderstood on account of our inability to read their body language. Cats, just like us humans, use body language to speak and broadcast information about their feelings and moods, wishes, likes and dislikes. Understanding the meaning of various body signals will assist to gain more insight into cat's behavior, build a greater relationship and even predict its conduct within the future.
Here are just a few examples of cat body signals:
1. Face language
ears up and pointed forward: "I'm alert and ready for action"
ears forward and slightly outward: "I'm at ease however observing"
ears up and pointed backwards: "I'm angry, assured and ready to fight"
ears pulled back and molded in opposition to the cranium: "I am scared and prepared to defend myself"
ears down and sidemethods: "I am submissive"
slowly blinking eyes: "I feel peaceable and relaxed"
dilated pupils: "I am scared", "I'm offended and scared" or "I'm excited"
slim pupils: "I am assured and watchful"
whiskers forward: "Interested"
whiskers backwards: "Anxious"
2. Talking tails
tail bent forward over the head: "I'm full of myself"
tail lifted straight up: "All is effectively, I'm happy"
tail straight up and quivering: "I'm so blissful to see you!"
tail straight up and waving gently: "I am curious, I need to discover"
tail straight up, tail tip hooked: "I would prefer to be pleasant however undecided if every little thing is OK"
tail straight up and bushy: "I'm offended, watch out"
tail slightly up: "Not sure"
tail mid up, whipping from side to side: "I am irate and frustrated, get lost!"
tail horizontal: "I am ready to be buddies"
tail down, tail tip twitching: "I am bit aggravated"
tail down between the back legs: "I am afraid"
3. Different body messages
purring and relaxed: "I'm happy and content"
purring and tense: "I'm nervous and frightened" or "I'm in pain"
rubbing towards your legs: "I really like you and you're mine"
kneading communicating with cats
the paws: "I really feel good"
shaking paws: "Yuk, disgusting"
giving you head butts: "You are my buddy and I like you"
By misreading cat's body signals and by responding in the mistaken manner, cat could develop unpleasant behavior problems, it may become distrusting, timid, aggressive and unpredictable. Understanding cat body language is of vital importance for owners adopting a cat from shelters. These cats have typically been abused and endure emotional trauma. They should be approached very gently and punctiliously observed for any indicators of defensiveness or aggression as they might be confused and not know if new person plans to hurt them or not. Pinpointing the reasons and solving many cat habits issues they could have would require understanding angle and lot of patience.