Decoding Cat Behavior

February 14, 2019

in Cat Behavior

Most people like cats due to the mystery they bring into your life. While dog’s are fairly simple and indelibly loyal: A cat will make you work for their loyalty and have many mysterious actions and gestures that need to be decoded, in order for you to be the best cat owner you can be. Decoding cat behavior is an intellectual journey, as much as it is a labor of love.

Below you will find some common cat behavior, along with their general meaning:

Paw Flicking

We’ve all seen our cat lift their paws and flick them around, one by one. This cat behavior is generally accepted as disgust, or displeasure with something around them. Those of you who have strictly indoor cats may have never seen their cat get their paws wet: But when they do the look on their face becomes unhappy and paw flicking soon follows.

Ear Positioning

When a cat has their ear straight up in the air and/or slightly forward, it usually means they’re interested in you or what’s going on around them. When their ears point backward, it indicates they’re not happy or not interested. Ears backward can also indicate a feeling of rejection.

“Paw Massage”

Sometimes referred to as kneading: The paw massage is your cat’s way of showing you how happy they are. When you snuggle with your contented kitty cat, they will often start massaging your body with their front paws. They also do this with their blankets and bedding, but when they massage you it’s a sure sign of contentedness.

Tail Movements

Tail movements can be the easiest cat behavior to interpret, or the easiest depending on the situation. When a cat wags their tail with short movements, it can indicate interest, happiness, or be interpreted in any number of different ways. When they move their tail in wide, side-to-side, concentric movements it usually indicate they’re getting reading to fight, defend themselves, or they will also show this kind of tail movement before pouncing on their prey (or a toy).

Find out more on cat behavior and read many interesting articles on pet health.

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