What’s your cat telling you?

Do you ever wonder what your cat is thinking? Then our friends at Sainsbury’s Bank‘s fun visual below might help to explain just what it is that your cat is trying to tell you when it behaves in a certain way. Cat behaviour as we know is a very different beast to that of the humble pooch, so in celebration of National Pet Month, we thought now would be a great time to share this helpful guide with you, our readers, who are all feline friends to assist in making you and your cat – new or old – happier together. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if your kitty’s weird and wonderful personality ticks and traits are NOT here!



CAT BEHAVIOURS EXPLAINED

Just what is your cat trying to tell you?

 



Rubbing against your legs or furniture

This is my home, and I scent things to find my way around.

Showing you its behind

Don’t be offended, I’m just being friendly. We cats say hello to each other by sniffing tails, just like dogs.

Ears forward

I’m pleased to see you. If you hold out your hand, I might give it a bump to say hello (or a sniff if I’m shy).

Slow closing of eyes/blinking

You’re getting a kiss. If you copy me, I might just do it again. If I’m in the mood.

Ears upright, sitting
up and alert

I’m listening intently. Was it a bird or a mouse? I’m not sure, but I’m off to find out.




Kneading

I’m getting comfy. Kneading you makes me feel good, as I think about how I used to knead my mum.

Rolling on back to expose stomach

I trust you, but watch your fingers if you decide to give me a tickle; I might be in the mood to play.





Back hunched up with tail and fur on end

I’m being defensive. I’m puffing my hair out to make myself look bigger, so whatever I’m scared of leaves me alone.

Cat in a box/bag

This might look silly to you, but it makes me feel safe; I can see you, but you can’t see me!


Cat in a box/bag

This might look silly to you, but it makes me feel safe; I can see you, but you can’t see me!

Cat ‘gift’

I’ve brought you a mouse to try and teach you how to hunt. See what a good hunter I am.

It’s your turn now.


Purring

I purr because of most things (dinner, strokes, sitting in sunshine), but mainly because you’ve given me some form of ‘contact’ and I like it.

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