Ways To Decode Your Cat’s Behavior

Even though more people in America have cats than dogs, it’s still the dog that occupies the position of man’s best friend. Many think that it’s because dogs are easier to understand. Nothing could be further from the truth. You just need to be willing to understand what they are trying to tell you.

Websites like www.petplace.com are a good start. There you can find information about all types of animals, for example why cats will not listen to you if you call them. However, in this article, the focus will be put on the cat’s body language, and what it can tell you. So without further ado, let’s get to it!

The Eyes

The saying’ eyes are the window into the soul’ is true not only when it comes to humans. If you take the time to look into your cat’s eyes, it might be a lot easier to know how he is feeling.

For example, if your cat’s eyes are of average size, open or slightly closed, it means that he is happy. When a cat makes eye contact with you for a while before blinking or looking away, it means that he is feeling at ease. On the other hand, when he is not making eye contact, it can be an indication that he is feeling fearful and looking for an escape route. When his eyes look stiff, and his pupils are dilated or constricted, it means that he is feeling almost aggressive. When your cat is looking at something intensely, like a bird, for example, it means that he is ready to attack.

Also, if your cat closes eyes completely in your presence, it means that he trusts you completely.

The Ears

The ears are almost as good as the eyes to decipher what the cat is feeling. If they are forward and slightly to the side, he is most likely feeling relaxed. Pricked forward ears signify that he is either interested, excited or both.

If your cat’s ears are twitching fastly, it might mean that he is uncertain. When they are pinned tightly against his head, or they resemble airplane wings, it’s most probably because he is agitated or fearful.

The Tail

The tail is another perfect indicator of your cat’s mood and how he is feeling at the moment. However, you must know more or less at what height your cat usually carries his tail when he is feeling relaxed, as then it will be easier for you to decipher if he is feeling uneasy or anxious.

When the tail is up, it means that your cat is happy and relaxed, and you can most likely approach it. When your cat’s tail resembles a question mark, it means that he is delighted and ready to play. When the tail is down, it means that he is feeling threatened. If the tail is moving rapidly back and forth, it shows that he’s feeling agitated and it’s probably best to leave him alone.

And last, but not least, if your cat’s tail resembles the one that you see during the Halloween season, it means that he is frightened, and wants to appear bigger than he is to scare off those who took him by surprise and scared him.

Read more: How Often Should I Change Water In Cat Water Fountain?

The Posture

Cute little red kitten sleeps on fur white blanket
Cute little red kitten sleeps on fur white blanket.

If your cat is laying as if he wants to disappear, it might mean that he is either sick or highly stressed. A cat that is sprawling out confidently is a cat that is sure of his surroundings. An arched back means that your cat is fearful or aggressive.

When a cat lays on his back, exposing his stomach in your presence, it means that he is feeling very comfortable and relaxed in his surroundings. If he is sleeping in this position or purring, it’s safe to say that he is content. In some cases, it might show that your cat is ready to play, especially if his ears are up, and he is facing forward. So bring a toy and spend some quality time with your cat.

If your cat is laying on his back with ears flattened against his head, dilated eyes or if he is growling, don’t make the mistake of rubbing his stomach – it might not end well. This behavior can be an indication of agitation, and if you go for a belly rub, it will make him feel the need to defend himself by showing claws or biting. Auch.


Understanding what your cat is feeling is not as difficult as it seems – all you need is the will to do it. Your cat can’t speak the way humans can, but he communicates with you in his own, unique manner.

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