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    Kitten Communication

    Articlegeneral cat adviceFriday 20 May 2011
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    If you happen to be the proud owner of young, excitable kittens, you may be wondering about the ways in which you can communicate better with your new friends.

     

    For instance, you may be getting mixed signals from your minute – one minute he wants to play, the next he wants to be left alone – so read the tips below to learn how you can improve kitten communication.

     

     

    Communicating with your Cat: Top Five Cat Tips



    1.    First of all, take a step back and observe your cat at a close distance. Cats are very territorial creatures, and it can be fascinating to watch them without intervention. It’s especially important to study your cat’s face carefully when it meows – this will give you a greater understanding as to the cat’s demands or source of satisfaction/dissatisfaction. If you listen very carefully, you’ll even be able to establish a change of tone between different meows – learn more about this subject by reading our ‘Communicate with a Cat’ guide..


    2.    Here’s a brief summary of the meaning of the cat’s noises. A short, regular meow may not indicate very much – often it’s simply a greeting or acknowledgement. A meow at a higher pitch is often a demand or a plea – does the cat want some food and a little milk? Or simply affection? A number of meows may indicate excitement, nerves, pain or repeated pleading. Finally, a high pitch, hissing meow will be a sign of aggression, pain or anger.


    3.    As is the case if you study humans closely enough, you can predict a cat’s mood with a fair amount of accuracy by studying body poses and reactions. With a kitten, the tail can be particularly revealing, and understanding the tail’s position will boost your chances of successfully communicating with your cat . For instance, a twitching tail can symbolise anxiety or excitement, a curling tail can indicate happiness and a straight, low tail anger or apprehension.
     
    4.    Other mannerisms that can be revealing include slowly blinking eyes – the most common sign for affection and approval; rubbing – a warm greeting where the cat will expect his appreciation to be reciprocated; the sniffing of the face – a means of confirming identity; and licking – which is perhaps the most welcoming sign for any kitten owner – it’s the universal symbol of trust.

    5.    If you want to become an expert at communicating with kittens, you’ll need to focus on your commands. Although it’s generally harder to train a cat than a dog, there are a couple of commands that the cat will follow. When you want to show the cat affection, raise your tone of voice and do the opposite when the cat has been misbehaving. These cat tips should help you to grow a closer connection with your beloved animal friends.


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