For lack of words, the cats learned to relate to body postures and meows. Every action counts for them; From rubbing against us, raising the tail, staring at us or meowing in different tones, they are undoubtedly part of the range of options that the cat uses to express its needs and desires.
Knowing our cat's body language thoroughly and knowing the proper way to respond to them will guarantee a harmonious relationship with our animal. But how can we achieve the latter?
This concern has been studied by various specialists in cat behavior and here we reveal the recommendations that every cat keeper should be familiar with:
The position and movement of the tail express many of the feelings of the cat, although the differences can be subtle and you will have to associate their attitude and behavior to this.
If your cat is relaxed, it will move its tail gently and slowly, without lifting it beyond its back. If it is scared, it will keep its tail low and not wag.
When it is attentive and concentrated, it will likely move only the tip of its tail and remain vigilant, moving only its ears to better capture sounds.
If your cat brushes you with his nose or rubs his body against your legs, he is marking you with his scent to recognize you more easily.
Cats make sounds that are two octaves higher than normal in humans and make about thirty different sounds, although the most common are:
The sound par excellence of cats so much that in ancient Egypt "miu" meant "cat". It is a sound that can last from a fraction of a second to several seconds and that cats emit by gradually opening and closing their mouths.
It is believed that most meows are sounds that each cat learns to communicate with the people around him, so that each house with a cat has its own dictionary of meows to get food, cuddles, play, attention, etc.
Kittens do it while sucking, while adult cats do it in many pleasant situations, for example during contact with another cat, with a person, while the cat is rubbing against an object or "kneading" a blanket. However, cats purr also in circumstances that can hardly be considered pleasant, such as during veterinary visits, when they are sick or in pain, during childbirth, and even at the point of death.
The purr is therefore more likely to express intense emotion, pleasant or not, and serve to stimulate attention and contact with another individual. In this sense, it has been compared to the human smile that can express happiness but also states of discomfort or pain, where the individual seeks the support of others.
A cat that tries to defend itself and threaten may open its mouth wide and expel air abruptly. The result is a kind of hiss that lasts almost a second called a hiss.
- Howls and howls
They are threatening sounds that seem like endless meows. They are characterized by being sharp and having a very high volume. Such intense threats serve to avoid direct fighting between cats.
It is a low-pitched menacing sound, which can last from a fraction of a second to several seconds.
- Scream or shriek of pain
It is a very sharp and sudden sound, of very high volume, that cats make when they hurt themselves. It is the screech that also signals the end of a mating.
Your cat loves you when:
- It rubs against you, either against your legs, arms, or your head if you have it on top of you.
- It purrs when you are close, and increases the volume when you stroke it.
- Raise the tail when you stroke its back (especially the lower half, near the tail).
- Gets light nibbles on your fingers.
- Grooms you, as if you were just another cat. He kneads you, and he is no longer a puppy.
- Sleep with or near you. When he looks at you, sometimes he blinks slowly. This is how he tells you that he trusts you.
Practice these steps to socialize with your feline:
If we are the ones who want to communicate a message, the most appropriate thing is to modulate our tone of voice.
Laura Trillo, cat therapist and feline communicator, believes that speaking in a high-pitched tone usually indicates to the feline that we are upset with him. The opposite will happen when we want to convey a pleasant message, we use a lower tone than usual.
If we caress him, we will be communicating a message of tranquility.
Sitting cross-legged on the floor and looking at the cat is a sign that you are welcoming him, so he may reach out for you to pet him.
On the other hand, if we stare at our cat, it will feel attacked. Gestures such as looking at him for a short time and blinking gently can convey a state of security and confidence when they are in our company. Test it!