What Your Cat Is Really Telling You

All cats have different types of personalities. Some are shy, and rather be alone, whereas you have others that always want to cuddle or play. From your cats vocals to their body languages, we will dive a little bit deeper as to what your cat is really trying to tell you.

Your Cats Vocals

Getting to know the type of vocals your cat has will help you understand what they are feeling and what they are in need of.

  • Meowing is the most common sound made by cats. This can be a hello or goodbye, a command, a way of them saying no or an announcement.
  • Chirps and trills are a way your cat wants your attention and your cat most likely wants to take you to their food or water bowl. Mother cats use these vocals most often when they tell their kittens to follow them. You may come across this between more than one cat and this is usually how they communicate with each other. 
  • Chattering, chittering, or twittering are sounds your cat tends to translate as excitement or even when thinking about their next snack. You may notice this more often when your cat is on their windowsill watching the birds or squirrels go by.
  • Purring for cats is a sign of gratification. They may purr when they are happy and content. At times if your cat is feeling anxious or sick, they may use this to comfort themselves.
  • A yowl or howl are distress sounds. Your cat is looking for you, stuck somewhere or in pain. If you hear this coming from your cat, it is best to find them right away. However, in unaltered cats, these vocals are mating sounds. I am sure some of us have heard this at least once or twice.
  • Growling, hissing or spitting are the vocals that will tell you to leave your cat alone. They are either frightened, angry, annoyed or very aggressive.

 

Your Cats Body Language

Paying attention to how your cat reacts with their eyes, ears, body and tail will give you some indication of what your cat is trying to tell you. Of course, not all these clues are true to every cat. 

  • The Ears have so many different motions. From forward motions to indicate interest or happiness, to backward ears which could show anger, irritability and even when your cat is scared. Interesting enough when your cat swivels their ears, they are very attentive and listening to each sound around them. No matter how little.
  • The Eyes are so captivating. If you look close enough at your cats’ pupils, they will tell you a thing or two. Constricted pupils can suggest offensive aggression but could also possibly suggest contentment. Dilated pupils when large could mean your cat is nervous or passive, defensively aggressive, if fully dilated, but could also mean playfulness.
  • The Tail has many shapes and forms. Erect shows alertness or happiness. Fur fully standing up can suggest your cat is angry or scared. Back and forth movements can mean agitation. The faster the tail, the angrier your cat is. If your cat tucks their tail between their legs or hold it very low this could mean insecurity, or they are anxious.
  • The Body truly shows what your cat is feeling. The famous silhouette of a black cat back arched, fur standing up, does mean your cat is afraid or angry. When you come home from work and your cat approaches you with their back arched, and their fur is flat, they cannot wait for you to pet them. After this welcome they lay on their backs purring, they have now become super relaxed. This position only becomes aggressive once you notice your cat growling. Be careful, they are upset and ready to strike. 

There are so many different ways to better understand what your cat is really trying to tell you. All you have to do is watch and listen. You will get the hang of it eventually!