Spokane cat owners communicate with their cats by simply learning their language. Cats communicate with their facial expressions, body language, movements, and verbal tones.
The purr is the most prominent form of expressing love. When you hear your feline purr, they usually are expressing their contentment, pleasure and fondness of having you for a friend. Cats also rub their bodies or faces up against you, pat you with their paw, softly walk up to you with their back slightly arched, nibble at you–without biting down, purr-meow and plop down right in front of you.
Another form of love and admiration for you a little gift such as a dead bird, mouse or frog. It may turn your stomach a tad, but when they look up at you so proudly, big, bright beautiful eyes gleaming, your heart will melt and melt and melt.
It’s important to also know your felines way of expressing fear, being defensive or in a situation that is a threat to them. Your cat’s eyes will look strained, become wide and the pupils will dilate. They will lower their ears out to the side of their head and their fur will puff out. Anther sign is the tail be low and flailing back and forth and also be puffed out. They may arch their backs and their legs may also be very stiff.
If they want something to eat, a cat will meow and meow in efforts to get and hold your attention and place it solely on them and like a robot; you will obey.
You can become familiar with the cat language for stalking–the cats eyes open wide and focus entirely on his/her prey. Their ears will be up and pointed forward, like they are radaring into the sounds and movement of their prey. A style of cat communication some cats may make sound like chattering as they watch prey, like small birds through a window.
It’s imperative to know when your cat is showing aggression. Aggressive cat language can be known by the narrowing of the eyes as they concentrate and stare at whomever they wish to conquer. Other cat behavior you may observe will be to see their ears lower down against the back of their head; their whiskers will be positioned upward and forward; the fur on their shoulder will raise up; their tail will be low AND motionless with an occasional little twitch, and they will verbally express how they feel with a low growl or hiss.
This cat behavior is a warning to the one they are telling to back off or they will attack and attack hard. They may also arch their back; Halloween-style as they stand crouched on stiff legs ready to attack as part of their cat communication. If the warnings are not taken seriously, the aggressive cat will attack with powerful swipes of the paw with extended razor-sharp claws.
Yes, cats do talk and wise people listen.