The cat talks to us with its whole body. Do we understand his speech well? Here are some feline signals that are not always understood.
- Cat's advice
- The behavior of the cat
Cat's tongue is an extremely complicated matter. It is made up of many elements. The cat speaks with its whole body and all its senses. Although we cat lovers consider ourselves experts in this language, sometimes there is a cat-human misunderstanding. Why is this happening? Do we receive all cat signals well? Or are we considering them in parts instead of looking at them all together?
As the cats say
In territorial animals - and this is what cats are, the ability to communicate often determines their life. Cats avoid conflicts by nature, and poor communication can lead to them. Face-off is something cats prefer not to experience. They try not to expose themselves or others to a row. That is why their body specializes in sending various messages that are designed to inform about what the cat has to say.
A cat uses its entire body and all its senses to communicate. He primarily uses smells and visual signals. In a direct meeting with another furry, his body and practically all its elements are used to convey messages. So, of course, the eyes, ears, tail, whiskers, paws or posture. Making noises is only a small part of such a feline conversation. It has become a way of communicating mainly with people.
The fact that a cat knows that it is better to talk to us does not mean that it has stopped using other forms. If your cat is attacking you and you think it is doing it for no reason, find out if you are reading its previous cat's warning signals correctly. If the cat is healthy and does not have any behavioral problems, and yet has aggressive behavior during petting, then it may be presumed that the fault is on your side.
When your cat is sick of you
Imagine the following situation. Your cat is a lungworm and loves to lie on your legs while being petted. You also relax like this. Suddenly, the cat sticks its teeth into your hand, even injuring you to the blood. Then there is an escape and compulsive cleaning of the coat. What happened? Probably there was aggression caused by caresses. And although you have the impression that the attack happened unexpectedly and you are totally surprised by it, the kitty was certainly trying to warn you by sending his cat's warning signals. But why can stroking be aggressive?
Cat's warning signals
Surely you know cats that love to be petted, but only to the extent they like. Nobody needs more respect for their personal space than a cat. So when their touch tolerance threshold ends, they try to signal it to you somehow. They do not want to be aggressive and only do it as a last resort, when previous messages have not brought results. What are these cat signals - you will ask, you did not notice anything.
Have you ever noticed that your cat's skin ripples as you caress it, as if it has been electrocuted? It is often a reaction to an unpleasant touch. The cat is fed up with stroking and no longer enjoys it. This is a signal that the cat's caressing mood has just ended.
A cat can wag its tail like a dog. However, each waving means something different. We can read a lot by looking at a cat's tail. When the cat is lying on your lap, so it is relaxed and suddenly starts to move its kitty, it means that it has become irritated with something. In this case, it is not a sign of satisfaction. When moving turns into hitting, irritation has already turned into frustration. The level of cat's nervousness increases in proportion to the strength of these blows. The cat clearly warns: "leave me alone."
When a cat's ears become flat and begin wandering backwards, it's a sign that the cat is angry. His mood has clearly worsened, and maybe he is even in the aggressive phase.
Vibrations directed to the front
Such a mustache is a message that speaks of cat's interest, but also of growing irritation. However, this signal should be read without ignoring other messages. The vibrations closely cooperate with the ears.
Purring in people's consciousness means contentment. This is true, but not the only one. Cats purr for various reasons: with pleasure, with anxiety when they are sick or injured, when caring for their young. However, when the cat is lying in its handler lap, it purrs with satisfaction. When he stops, he's probably not satisfied. You should then pay attention to whether he does not send other messages indicating his growing anger.
Growling clearly doesn't get along well. This low noise from an open mouth is one of the signals that something is wrong. However, do not confuse it with the purr that comes with a closed mouth, usually accompanied by purring and when greeting the guardian.
Cat's warning signs - summary
- skin wrinkling;
- tail nudging;
- the position of the ears after each other;
- mustache unfolding and moving forward;
- end of pleasant purring;
- guttural snarls.
The cat that used these messages believes that it has already used all possible cues to tell you that it has had enough of you. Biting and running away is a last resort when the animal sees no other way out. It is very important to recognize and respect your pet's tactile tolerance limit. Any misunderstandings negatively affect your relationship.
This type of behavior may arise in yet another situation. When a cat falls asleep, a deeply entrenched instinct can take hold. Cats stay awake most of the time, and are always ready to react to possible threats while awake. When they fall into a deep sleep and suddenly something or someone touches them, they sometimes react instinctively with an attack. All our domestic cats are deep down predators that struggle to survive every day, but never react aggressively without good reason.
Trying to interpret feline speech can backfire if you only view it from one angle. When paying attention to meowing, don't ignore your body language. If you are observing the posture of the tail carefully, keep observing the ears. It's a real challenge, but nobody said it would be easy. If you recognize the cat's signals correctly and respect the cat's intimate zone, and the cat still exhibits aggressive behavior, be sure to go to the vet with him, because there may be something wrong with him.
Cats are masters of communication. Their language is extremely rich, even though they rarely use their voice to convey information. They often send signals, the proper understanding of which may affect mutual relations. Learn your pet's language and always respect the boundaries that are so important to him.