We sure know, cats are much more perplexing than dogs when it comes to understanding them. Unless its supper time and your cat is sitting next to its unfilled food dish meowing raucously, it can be very hard to explicate what your feline friend is trying to tell you.
As natural observers, cats can comprehend much better than we understand them, but that doesn’t mean reading them is undoable. Below are five common ways cats try to communicate with us.
Most of us take purring of our cats as a sign of content. While this is partly true, it’s more precise to understand purring as your cat trying to telling you "please don’t stop what you’re doing" or "please don’t go away." Besides, purring happily while you pet them, purring can also suggest that your cat is scared, ill, or wounded, and they want you to stick around to foster them. In this way, purring is a plush-seeking behaviour.
Believe it or not, cats use meowing as a way of conversing only with humans. Among cats there is no omnipresent cat language that uses a diversity of meows to chat. Cats only meow because they have mastered that it is the ideal way to communicate with their humans. That said, meows are versatile sounds, and specific meows mean different things coming from individual cats as they have mastered what works best to communicate with their owners. So when it comes to meowing, you’re on your own to discover exactly what your cat is trying to tell you.
Besides sounds, cats also communicate gracefully through body language. Like dogs, cats often make use of their tails to tell us how they feel. An upright tail with relaxed fur indicates a happy cat, whereas the same posture with bolt upright fur is feeling angry or scared. A shallow, tucked tail means your cat is perturbed or feeling insecure, and a thrashing tail means your cat is anxious. Be on the lookout for these signals to learn how your cat is feeling.
Look for extended and slow blinks when you’re with your cat. If you catch your cat doing this, it means they feel secure around you! Cats do this with other cats because in the feline world, closing one’s eyes in front of another is a sign of reliance. Similarly, cats use slow blinking as an indication of acceptance toward their owners. To return the act of praise, try blinking slowly back at your cat!
Rubbing Against You
Rubbing against your legs is your cat’s way of marking you as their possession, but it can also be assumed as your cat showing love towards you or a means of saying, they missed you! Cats are often observed rubbing against each other to show their reunion after a long period of seperation. In addition to claiming you as their own, rubbing is equivalent of your cat trying to give you a warm hug.