The cats meow: What a cats noises really mean – Part 1

Understanding what your cat is trying to communicate to you is a great step towards achieving a satisfying relationshihp with your pet, as well as keeping it a happy member of your family.

Since your cat does not speak like humans do, communicating through normal speech is not an option. Therefore, it’s important to understand how a cat communicates.

By looking at certain feline behaviors and vocal patterns, you will start to understand what your cat is telling you.

Accustomed to listening to other humans, the first thing most people will gravitate to is the cat’s meow. Believe it or not, cats can make over 100 vocal sounds. Typcially, a cat is going to meow at a human when it wants something. Whether it’s food, attention, to go out or come in, even please clean my litterbox because it’s starting to look like raisin bran in there. When you hear the cat meow, look at where it’s standing or sitting and whether it might be motioning to something. If you cat is sitting in front of its food bowl, you can be fairly sure it wants food-supper time or not. If the cat is meowing near its toys, it’s play time.

Many cats are quite vocally expressive, having the ability to project moods through certain intonations. By listening to how it speaks, and where it is or doing at a particular moment, a cat owner will start to understand these meows. For example, if you pet your sleeping cat and it raises one eye and emits a grumpy sounding meow, yoiu can be fairly sure that it doesn’t want to be bothered. If the cat starts meowing very loudly near its food bowl, sometimes so that you can’t hear other people speak to you, then it is quite adamant about being hungry and wants to be fed right away.

The more you talk to your cat, the more it talks to you and you’ll eventually begin to understand one another. This will also entice your cat to become even more expressive.

When a cat uses it’s tail, that is another form of communication. If the tail is whisking violently from side to side, the your cat is either in hunt mode, or very agitated. If the tail lazily flaps about, then your cat is probably quite content. And if a cat’s tail seems suddenly larger because the hair is standing out and it’s puffed up, then the animal is scared or extremely angry and ready to fight. If a cat’s tail is straight up and quivers a bit at the end when it walks up to you, this is a friendly greeting.

Cat owners should also look at their animal’s ears to determine how it feels. If the ears are laid back and against the cat’s head, it’s probably not very happy. It could be afraid and might attack. If the cat’s ears are forward and point outward, then it is relaxed, happy and attentive. If the ears are up and forward, then it is listening to something.

A cat’s hissing or growling is also a fairly obvious form of communication. Hear that and you should probably back away because the cat is not happy and may attack.

Purring is another form of cat communication. Typically, it can mean one of two things. Either your cat is happy and content, or it is uncomfortable and irritated. Usually, a cat purrs when it is content and looking at the animal’s other body signs will indicate one way or the other.

Other forms of cat communication are rolling and exposing its belly, kneading a cushion or part of you with it’s paws and snoring. These three signs mean that your pet cat trusts you and is very comfortable.

These are some of the basics of cat communication. If you begin to understand these, you’re well on your way to becoming a good cat communicator and the owner of a happy cat.

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