Do you sometimes watch your cat and wish you could know what's going on in their head? Try observing your cat's behavior over a longer period of time and you will recognize certain behavior patterns after just a few days. In this blog we will talk about cat behavior patterns and what they might mean.
1. The eyes
If your cat's eyes are wide open, it indicates alertness or aggression. Cats open their eyes wide to increase their field of vision and take in more information from their surroundings. Likewise, an unblinking or direct gaze is a sign of aggression. Half-open eyes, on the other hand, are more indicative of a defensive or partially relaxed state of mind, but cats are very quick to react to their surroundings, so don't be surprised if your cat's state of mind quickly shifts from relaxed to alert. If the eyes are completely closed, it means your cat is very calm and relaxed.
A little tip: To find out if your cat is in pain, you should observe their pupils, as they dilate when they are in pain.
2. The ears
You may have noticed that your cat's ears can rotate up to 180 degrees to sense sounds and changes in the environment. This shows how sensitive your cat's ears are and explains why cats express many emotions through them. Forward-facing ears are generally considered a neutral position, indicating that your cat is in a friendly mood or in a very relaxed state.
Pricked and forward ears indicate that your cat is in an alert position and something in their environment, such as an object or noise, is making them sit up and take notice. This condition can also be observed when your cat is hunting or playing.
Singed and flattened ears indicate that your cat is nervous or anxious about certain elements in its environment. It's better to determine the cause of this so your cat can return to its normal, happy state.
3. The tail
Like dogs, cats use their tails to express their emotions. When your cat's tail is set high and twitches a little at the end, it shows that your cat is happy and comfortable in her surroundings.
A curled tail suggests your cat is in a playful mood, so take this opportunity to play with her a bit.
A perfectly straight, puffed tail with no twitching at the end is a sign that your cat is aggressive. Cats often do this to appear large and scare off the enemy. A tail tucked between the legs, on the other hand, shows that your cat is fearful, submissive, or that something is making her nervous.
Have you become curious and want to know more about the behavior and handling of your cat? Read our other blog posts to learn more about cats!