Reading Your Cat's Body Language
THE TALE OF THE TAIL.
- When the tail is flying high: "all is terrific."
- When it is at half-mast: "all is not terrific."
- When it is dropped low: "I'm very unhappy."
- When it twitches back and forth: "back off."
- When the tip twitches: "I'm self conscious."
- When it's bushy: "I'm angry!"
TONGUES TALK WHEN CATS GROOM.
- Embarrassment: Rapid, non-stop licking.
- OK: Short staccato licks looking at you.
- Boredom: Constant, deep intense licks.
- Nervousness: Short, shallow licks.
- Affection: The cat licks you. A good time to train.
THE EAR STORY.
- Ears alert/straight up: Ready for fun or affection.
- Ears flat out sideways: "What's up?"
- Ears downward: "I'm defensive. Watch out!"
- Ears down and back: "I'm furious. Watch out!"
LISTEN TO MY PAWS.
- Paw kneading: "I'm content."
- Paw strokes, Paw hugs: "I love you."
- Paw nagging: "Hurry up!"
- Paw blows:" A fight!"
THE EYES SAY IT.
- Eyes wide open and looking at you: "I'm listening."
- Eyes half closed: "I'm sleepy."
- Eye pupils in slits: "I'm feeling alert and confident."
- Bug-eyed: "I'm frightened.".so be careful!
- Blinking and winking: "I'm talking to you, I like you."
- Eyes clouded: "I'm ill." Or, "I'm relaxed."
- Eyes staring: "Stay away." A stare is a challenge.
Advice: Take a few minutes every day to have a conversation with your cat. The sound of your voice will help your cat become responsive and friendly.
Courtesy of ASPCA.
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