Our furry friends can suffer from the same mental illnesses we do. In fact, vets regularly give antidepressants to dogs to treat stress-related issues. To help you understand your animal better, below is a summary of some of the most frequent cat body language traits with a full list of pet body language here. Now you’ll be able to know just exactly how they’re feeling.
The Love Blink
“What are you looking at human?” Is what you might think your cat is thinking. It often looks like your cat is annoyed, but the slow blink actually signifies that your cat is not a threat to you or another animal. Also known as the ‘love blink’, this facial expression shows your cat loves and trusts you.
Does Your Cat’s Tail Hook Forwards?
A calm cat that has their tail straight and a hooked tip pointing forwards, is the cat greeting you. This gesture means the cat is happy to see whoever they’re meeting.
Sleeping On The Job
You may have noticed your cat still in slumber, but his tail is full of energy – tapping away. What this usually means is your cat is relaxing but focusing on something around him. It could also mean your cat is fast asleep and dreaming.
Shock or Disgust?
Recognise this face? No, it’s not your cat in shock. This is actually your cat smelling more clearly. Cats have an extra organ on the roof of their mouth – the Jacobson’s organ. This organ helps them smell better, so when you see your cat do this, they’re opening up their Jacobson’s organ to smell an interesting odour.
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