Read Your Cat’s Body Language


Meow! This is the sound you hear when you see your cat crossing the door. He moves his head and his tail is put up, looking directly into your eyes and emitting a light sound inviting you to follow wherever he goes.

This small, fluffy mass, whose behavior sometimes sounds strange and puzzles you with a variety of questions.

Have you ever thought that your cat was a strange and sometimes mysterious creature? Simply because you do not understand it.

Your cat always tries to communicate with you through his gestures and body language. Therefore, to know your cat better, you need to know more about his body language.

The sweeping of the tail or the rubbing of the cheeks, the pricking of the ears or the purring – each behavior has its own meaning.

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Your cat often rubs his cheeks against you or against the cheeks of another cat. In this way, he is really trying to leave odor markers in order to be able to create future physical contact again.

Cat’s Body Language: The importance of tail movement

The tail is the most important part of your cat’s body, it indicates a variety of actions and reactions. The tail often denotes his mood and intention.

If your cat sweeps his tail with wide gestures, he symbolizes the annoyance or impatience at your excessive caresses. If you continue to cuddle the cat, it may scratch you.

A quick sweep of the tail from front to back, from the center, shows extreme agitation in your cat.

If you notice that your cat completely turns his body and extends his spiked tail upwards, it means that your cat announces a conflict with another cat.

When your cat is busy trapping prey, you will find it more cautious, involved in subtle movements with its swollen belly while intensely targeting the prey.

Often, you will see that your cat lowers his tail to slide it between his legs, which shows his total obedience.

An elevated tail also indicates that your cat wants to be friendly and a contraction of the tail will confirm his anticipation of being with you after a day out.

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Cat’s Body Language: Movement of other body parts

The longer the tail, the gestures of the cat’s body tell a lot about his mood and his behavior. While bent legs denote self-defense, extended legs demonstrate self-confidence and self-assurance.

If the cat’s ears are backwards and the body low, he will transmit his shame or his remorse; pierced ears will denote interest in the events surrounding it.

Knowing these cat behaviors will certainly strengthen the connection between you.