How to understand seven moods of your cats

You and your cat speak different languages, but why you can communicate with them. By using their eyes, their voice, their ears or their tail, cats are fairly good at providing us important clues into their feelings and intentions. According to Melissa J. Sigala – an expert for the spcaLA, although it is quite hard to understand cat’ moods, based on personal experience and basic knowledge, the cat owners can be aware of what’s on their own cat’s mind. 

Here are several common moods of cats, and how to interpret them.

1. Scared

Scared kitties will hunker down low to the ground with their own ears back. They may also express their fear by growling or hissing, or even hiding and running away. Sigala revealed that scared cat’s eyes will become large with pupil dilation, and her hackles may become erect while she is standing on her own toes and arching her back.

Pam Johnson-Bennet, a pet behavior consultant, also stated that a frightened feline will try to make herself look as non-threatening and small as possible. She may perch, tuck her paws underneath, wrap her tail closely around her body, and she wants to avoid seeing you. Noticeably a scared feline will not be engaged in daily routines such as eating or playing.

2. Happy

Contented kitties normally have calm or soft body language. Their tails are raised, their ears are upright, and their soft eyes may blink slowly. Sigala mentioned that a happy cat may have dilated pupils when aroused. She may also purr slowly and use her paws to knead directly on or around you. Additionally, Sigala emphasized that cats will groom other cats to show helpfulness and affection; thus, grooming their own owners can be one of ways of expressing affection.

3. Anxious

Cats who are anxious may bite or scratch objects like shoes or blankets. They may also chase and even bite their own tail. Sigala showed that your cat can bite your feet or hands when you have not solicited the interaction. Plus her tail will more likely be tucked in and then she might hide when the clients walk along room’s edges rather than the middle.

Johnson-Bennet recommended that cats groom themselves as a way to relief stress. While the fastidious grooming habits are famous for most of normal cats, anxious cats will have overgrooming behavior. Those anxious cats may also change their daily habits such as eating, scratching, or using cat litter box, so be carefully to search those signs.

4. Annoyed

A fast wagging tail and long and loud vocalizing are clear signs that say your cat is agitated or annoyed, says Sigala. An annoyed cat will move away and swat her paws. She also shows her annoyance or agitation by giving a warning bite, but this will not generally break your skin.

Besides, Johnson-Bennet pointed out that when your beloved cat is agitated or annoyed bout something, she will have a thumping tail. You should also watch you step when a cat’s ears are sideways in the aeroplane wing position.

5. Aggressive

It is extremely easy to spot aggressive cats. All signs that cats are in an aggressive mood are constricted pupils, growls, swats, lunges, erect hackles, pulled back ears, bared teeth, and a stiff body. If this warning is ignored, these aggressive cats may attack another cat or their owners.

6. Hungry

Although Sigala told that each cat has a litany of different meows for different things, as it relates to hunger, the meow is short, high-pitched and repeated. A hunger will wake you up from sleeping or she will follow you around the kitchen or sit near her bowl until you fill it with her cat food or water.

7. Affectionate

Jonhson-Bennet said that Cats have different ways to show their affectionate mood, but their owners often miss many of which since they are not commonly as cuddling as overt. This expert also indicated that head bunting, blinking eyes slowly, social grooming, purring are signs of affection. Another is the cat chooses to sit near you, but her back facing you. The cat seems to turn her back, but this behavior is actually considered as a compliment and a demonstration of trust.

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