Understanding Your Cat: What Common Cat Gestures Actually Mean

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Many people find dogs easier to understand than cats. Dogs’ facial expressions and body language are often clearer. Cats, on the other hand, are often thought to be mysterious. Many cat owners believe their cats are unrelated to them and that their cats have their own world which they cannot grasp.

However, this is not true. Many experts who study animal behavior say that cats are just as communicative as dogs. Sharon Crowell-Davis, a veterinary medicine professor at the University of Georgia, argued in a presentation on cat behavior that cats are just as understandable as dogs. Mikel Delgado from the University of California noted, “Over time, we realized that cats are not as mysterious animals as we thought.”

Dogs may be easier to understand than cats, but this doesn’t mean that cats cannot be understood. Perhaps, we are not interpreting their behavior adequately.

So, would you like to know what your cat wants to tell you? Here are the most commonly observed cat gestures and what they signify:

1. Purring is not always a sign of happiness in cats

Cats purr when they are happy, but not all purrs indicate joy. Sometimes, cats also make a purring sound when they are sick or need to vomit. In fact, cats purr when they want to convey that they require help and do not want to be left alone.

2. If your cat rubs against you when you arrive home, it means “Welcome”

If your cat rubs against your legs when you enter through the door, you may believe that your cat is seeking attention. However, this is not entirely true. After hunting, cats rub themselves against other cats and rub their tails together. It is a way of greeting each other again after being separated for some time. When your cat rubs its body against your legs, it is trying to greet you and welcome you. In reality, your cat establishes the same type of communication with you as it does with other cats.

3. Cats also have facial expressions

Many individuals do not believe cats have noticeable facial expressions. However, experts claim that with a bit of attention, cats’ moods can be discerned from their facial expressions. When cats are stressed or in pain, the muscles in their faces tighten. Their facial muscles flip-flop when they are happy, leading to a reflection of their mood in their facial expression.

4. There is a code language between cats and their owners

Experts argue that domestic cats do not just meow to communicate with other cats. Even when they do not socialize with outdoor cats, domestic cats may meow to communicate with their owners. This is since, contrary to popular belief, there is no common feline language when it comes to meows. Each cat develops its own meow syntax that is unique to its owner.

5. If your cat is frequently knocking things over, it may be bored

If your cat routinely knocks or pushes over objects, it may be bored and seeking amusement. Cats use this tactic because they know that making just a slight mess will grab your attention.

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