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Cat Body Language That Every Cat Lover Needs to Know

June 22, 2021

Same with humans, our feline friends reveal much about themselves through cat body language.

Every cat lover should understand our furry friends’ body language to know how to approach them. Sometimes, people make the mistake of petting a cat when it does not want you to. As a result, it hisses, scratches, or bites.

Also, cats cannot talk. They use their eyes, tail, body, whiskers, and ears to communicate with humans. They know how to express pain, aggression, happiness, and fear. As cat lovers, pay close attention to cat body language to be able to understand what they are trying to communicate to you.

Confidence, Relaxed, or Trust

If the cat is confident, its tail is in a high position and seems like it is quivering. However, look at the bigger context because a high tail can also be a sign of aggression. Cute cats also express their confidence with their body stretched out and whiskers forward. 

Ears facing forward is also a sign of confidence. But it can also indicate aggression to appear bigger. Considering the environment is how you will know if the cat feels confident or not.

A cat lying on its back wants to express its trust in you but also aggression. 

If your cat is gazing at you with slowly blinking eyes, it is showing its affection. You can return this gesture by slowly blinking back at them. 

Purring indicates that a cat is happy. When your cat is meowing or chirping, it wants to express its excitement. Trilling is a cat’s typical way of greeting its owners.

However, excessive meowing and purring can be a negative sign. Your cat might be sick or in pain. 

Cat Body Language That Every Cat Lover Needs to Know
Cats are not just charming and adorable. They can express what they can’t say in words through cat body language that every cat lover should know.

Anger or Threatened

The high tail is also a sign of anger. If it is flicking, those cute cats want to communicate for you to back off. 

They make themselves look bigger when threatened. Cats stand sideways to things or creatures that threaten them, with their hair standing up, backs arched, and ears flattened. 

The venus cat trap or the cat-lying-on-its-back position does not always indicate trust. That is why it is called a trap. 

With this stance, cute cats can claw and charge fast. Therefore, if your cat is in this position, it might not be a belly rub invitation. It can be a trap that allows your fur baby to scratch your face quickly.  

You can also see if a cat is angry if they narrow their eyes, growl, and hiss.

Scared or Anxious

If your cat is scared, it will crouch down and expose as few body parts as possible to protect it. You will also notice it with its whiskers drawing inward. 

If they feel scared, they will do their best to appear smaller, with flattened ears and a tucked tail that flicks. 

Dilated eyes also indicate that the cat feels scared. However, it can also express that the cat is stimulated or excited. 

Receptive to Petting

Most of the time, the cat’s body points toward where it wants to go. If your cat wants some petting, it will turn its body and head towards you. If the head is turned away, but the body is pointing towards you, it means that your fur baby trusts you not to harm it.

How to Make Your Cute Cats Feel Secure

Now you know how to see through your cat, you can help it feel more comfortable. You can ease some of its pain and stress by doing the following.

Buy Some Cat Furniture

Buying toys and scratchers can help ease the negative emotions your cats feel. The toys make them feel engaged, and the scratchers allow them to vent some stress. Visit our shop to learn more about these cat products.

Give Them a Secured Environment

Cats love a wide and open environment that allows them to roam freely and escape when they see the danger. An environment that gives them access to high places is what they love. That is why a wall-mounted hammock from our shop can be handy. 

Please do not place your cat in a dark place where they cannot move around freely. It will make them feel scared or threatened. 

Visit a Veterinarian

If your cat is meowing or purring excessively, it might be a sign of an underlying problem. Your cat probably feels sick or in pain. Visit a veterinarian for consultation. 


You cannot guarantee the accuracy of cat body language. There are a lot of factors to consider, such as the environment or its health. What is important is you can identify the contexts to understand what your cat needs. #catproducts #catscratchers #toysforcats #cataccessories 

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