Cats have been domesticated for thousands of years, its true; still cats are mysterious and maintain a bit of the natural wild of their larger cousins. Spokane cat lovers have learned what their cats are telling them in their body language.
Felines use body language more or less entirely to communicate. From the way your cat stands to the positioning of the ears, your cat is speaking.
A curve in the forelegs signifies that the cat would just as soon avoid a fight, but will defend his/herself should the need arise. When your cat enlarges his/her body, fluffing up, he/she is showing both assurance and antagonism. If the cat’s legs are stretched out to full length, he/she is sure and ready to attack.
A crook in the hind legs, however, shows vacillation, or even diffidence. When a cat contracts his/her body size, legs tucked underneath, this is a mark of submission, as well as readiness for action.
When the cat is niggling around low to the ground at a lag behind, he/she is something, stalking its ‘victim’.
When a cat raises its head unswervingly, this is an effort to display dominance, but if the head is lowered, that means compliance, or even a feeling of inadequacy. When the head is totally tucked in, your cat is probably bored stiff.
When the ears are back and the position is fixed, the cat is uncertain of what move to make, but is considering all options.
If the ears are back, coupled with the body is low to the ground, this is a show of humiliation or penitence. The cat’s pricked ears show an acute curiosity in what’s going on.
When your cat looks progressively at you and awards you several long, slow blinks, your cat is giving you an air kiss. However, narrow, dilated pupils, say “I’m perturbed.”
If your cat’s whiskers are standing straight out to the side your cat is pleased. If they lay flat against his/her cheeks then the cat is feeling scared and distrustful.
A cat’s tail acts as an expansion to the feline’s thoughts, a pointer of his/her mood and as an admonition of intention. When a cat swishes his/her entire tail back and forth it’s a sign that he/she is bugged and wants to be left alone.
Extremely disconcerted cats will move their tails quickly back and forth from the base, an obvious menacing signal. In the main, the larger and quicker, the more displeased the cat.
It is to the cat’s benefit to show signs of an observable warning to other cats and people, in an attempt to evade direct conflict. Cats involved in a conflict may expand their fully bristled tail directly into the air and turn their body sideways to materialize larger.
If a cat is frightened or is trying to shun a conflict with a governing cat, his/her tail will puff up or become bristled. Next the cat will lower his/her tail or tuck it betweens his/her legs as a sign of surrender.
Communicate with your cats and get to know and understand them better through their very expressive body language. Cat is a beautiful language.