Your furry friend often uses different body postures and ways to communicate with you; try observing your cat’s behaviour for some time and in few days you’ll start to notice certain patterns. In this blog, we will talk about some of them and how they might actually convey a totally different meaning.
1) Eyes- If your cat’s eyes are wide open, it’s perhaps a sign of alertness and aggression. Cats open their eyes wide to increase the area of visibility and to absorb more information from the surrounding. Similarly, an unblinking or direct stare is also a sign of aggression. Whereas half-open eyes indicate a rather defensive or partially relaxed state of mind, however cats are very quick in reacting towards their surroundings, so don’t be surprised if that state suddenly changes into an alert position. When the eyes are completely closed, it indicates that your cat is very calm and relaxed.
To find out if your cat is in pain, try noticing its pupils as they tend to dilate when they experience pain.
2) Ears- You may have noticed that your cat’s ears can rotate up to 180 degrees to catch sounds or identify any change in its surrounding, this shows how sensitive their ears are and therefore cats express a lot of emotions through them. Forward-facing ears are generally considered a neutral position, indicating that your cat is in a friendly mood or a very relax state of mind.
Erect and forward-facing ears indicate that your cat is in an alert position, and there’s something in the surrounding like an object or sound that made it cautious. This state can also be observed while your cat is playing or hunting.
The low and flattened ears suggest that your cat might be nervous or scared due to some elements in its surrounding; it’s better to identify the cause behind it so that your cat can return to its normal joyful state.
3) Tail- Like dogs, cats also use their tails to express their emotions; when your cat’s tail position is high with a little twitch on its end, it indicates that your cat is happy and confident around the current surroundings.
A curved tail suggests that your cat is in a playful mood, take this opportunity to have fun with it.
A perfectly straight puffed-up tail without a twitch at the end is a sign that your cat is in an aggressive state of mind. They often do it to appear large in order to scare off the enemy. Whereas a tail tucked in between legs shows that your cat is scared and submissive, or something is making it nervous.