What Your Cat is Desperately Trying to Tell You

They say that the dog is a man's best friend, well, the cat is really something else! It is usually my mom who is more of a cat-person in the family, there were times that she seems to be talking with them. The funny thing is, those cats seems to be  having conversation with her, for real! I don't really think that those cats understand her but, I think, sometimes they do ;-)

Those simple meows and really cute stares, might be their way to tell you something. Just read on and who knows in anytime from now, you'll find yourself talking to your cat! Hey don't get me wrong here, sometimes, I find myself talking to plants ;-)

Okay let's get on with this shall we?

When your cat twitches its tail and fixes you with a cold, glassy stare, it means something like:

1. I want a tickle.

2. Let me out.

3. Could you please die now, so that I can eat your remains.

My bet would be number three! Can you imagine, can they really eat your remains? ;-)

Kitties are notoriously inscrutable beasts, but now a video posted by  the leading nonprofit organization in the United Kingdom devoted to feline welfare, Cat Protection, can help you decode some of your cat's mysterious behaviors.

Humans display a "worrying lack of knowledge" about the body language of cats, and particularly, their distress signals, according to Cat Protection's research. Licking the lips indicates that a cat is stressed. Well that's according to a lot of research and forty-nine percent of cat owners don't know that. The other 38 percent don't understand that flattened ears are a sign that a cat is frightened and needs a place to hide.

According to Cat Protection behavior expert Nicky Trevorrow, "Cats are often considered to be independent and able to look after themselves, whereas dogs are usually perceived to 'need' their owners". He also claims that, "The reality is that while cats are pretty good at surviving without us, they do, of course, have needs. If these aren't met, it can lead to stress and behavioral problems."

The following are other key signals so that when your cat approaches you, they're trying to tell you something:

When your cat is approaching you with their tail up, Trevorrow suggests that you respond with affection because this is a cat's way of greeting you. Hey don't blame me one day when you get home and your cat just sits there, they don't mind if your home already unless they're starving ;-)

Okay, that cat on the right look pissed!

It's not a sign of adoration but a way of spreading its scent when you find your cat rubbing objects (including you) with its head, it's always a misconception. If you have been out all day, your cat might want you to smell more familiar. You might want to keep your cat clean if you know what I mean ;-)

When your cat is slowly blinking, they doesn't want to take a nap. This is a sign of a happy, relaxed cat. To communicate with your pet in cat language, you can slowly blink back and turn your head to the side in a relaxed manner to show you are at ease and aren't a threat. You might get another slow blink in return. Haha this is fun ;-) I can imagine you and your cat blinking together ;-)

When they are lying down, with their belly exposed, this is not an invitation for a belly rub. The cat is showing that it trusts you, and if you touch its belly, you are betraying that trust; that's why cats will often respond by grabbing your hand and wrist with their claws. Just give it a little pat on the head instead. Though sometimes, I admit to enjoy them grabbing my hand with their claws!

Observe carefully though, sometimes they're just playing dead ;-)

When your cat is purring, it can mean your cat is content, but it can also be a signal of pain, so look for other signs of distress.

Now, go apologize to your cat for your ignorance (especially for those years of tummy rubs) and hope for a slow blink in return. Hey, just go easy with them when they didn't respond back!

Just take it to a minimum though, some people might not comprehend seeing you talking to your cat ;-)


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