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    Understanding Your Cat | Kitten Ads

    Articlegeneral cat adviceFriday 20 May 2011

    Cats are intriguing creatures – the behaviour of these intelligent and territorial animals can often confuse even the most experienced of cat owners. However, in this guide, we provide information and advice on how to understand domestic cat behaviour. It’s nigh on impossible to understand a cat all of the time, but these tips should help you find out exactly what that meow means…



    Domestic Cat Behaviour and Body Language

    • Listening intently to the tone of a cat’s meow can often help you read exactly what a cat is thinking. For instance, if the meow seems a little short and strained, the cat may be exhibiting signs of frustration; this could include a desperation to go outside, a lack of stimulation or a sign of thirst or hunger.

    • Similarly, certain meow tones can indicate contentment – satisfaction at food or drink, or a craving for company. Take a couple of moments to analyse the nature of the meow – you’ll soon be able to spot patterns and read exactly what the cat is thinking.

    • The posture of a cat can be extremely revealing when it comes to cat behaviour. If the cat is standing upright, tense, with an arched back, it can be a sign of anger and an intent for aggression. A cat is more likely to adopt this position when confronted by a rival cat or a threatening dog. If the cat is rolling on its back in a relaxed fashion, this is the best time in which to indulge its playful nature. A cat seeking prey is also distinguishable by its posture – it will be crouching at a low level, ready to pounce.

    • Monitor the actions of a cat’s tail closely; this can further help build your understanding of a cat. The rate at which a cat’s tail beats can be relative to the cat’s mood. If the tail is swishing in the air, the cat is probably happy, while if it’s swatting back and forth the cat may be restless or thoughtful.

    • Study ear position. Ears tilting backwards generally indicate anger or a willingness to fight, while upright ears indicate sociability and contentment.

    • Finally, as touched on above, put time aside to study the cat’s behavioural traits on a daily basis. After a couple of weeks, you will have picked up many of the cat’s natural traits. Patience and observational skills are all needed to understand a cat effectively.
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