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Understanding Your Cats Body Language

Posted on: Jul 1 2023

Understanding your cats body language is an important step in ensuring they are happy and healthy in their environment. Although often subtle, cat’s use their posture, tail and eyes to signal how they are feeling. Here is a guide to help you interpret your cat’s mood.

Understanding Your Cats Body Language

A Relaxed Cat

When a cat feels relaxed and comfortable in their environment, they stand in a natural position with their tails upright and mouth closed. When laying down, they voluntarily expose their belly and stretch themselves out long with their tail laying loosely from their body.

A confident and happy cat will have a high, vertical tail and forward ears. A cat that trusts their owner and feels comfortable around them may have relaxed eyes and blink slowly.

A Worried Cat

A worried or anxious cat will crouch down low with a tense body, their tail tucked under their body and their ears turned out sideways. Cats that are worried may freeze when they see you or hide from you. Worried, fearful or anxious cats should not be approached.

An Angry Cat

An angry cat that is laying down will flatten its body and ears, holding its tail against itself. Its body will also become tense, and they may show their teeth. When standing, an angry cat will have its back arched and hair raised, making them seem as big as possible. With their tail high and puffed out and their ears lowered, a cat with this body posture is ready to fight.

Cat Noises

Often the noises your cat makes can help determine their mood. Common cat sounds are;

  • Growls are a warning for you to back away
  • Purrs are a way for cat to express pleasure
  • Cat’s hiss when they are feeling threatened
  • A trill can be a friendly greeting
  • A cat that chirps can be excited or frustrated
  • And an excited or frustrated cat may also Meow.

Cats are complex animals, and each cat has their own behaviours. However, it is important to understand common signals so you can help your cat feel relaxed and comfortable in their home.

Karingal Vet Hospital- Understanding Your Cat’s Body Language

For more information about your cat’s behaviour and their needs, feel free to contact the friendly staff at Karingal Vet Hospital on (03) 9789 3444 or get in touch via our website.

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328 Cranbourne Road, Frankston, VIC, 3199

P: (03) 9789 3444

The Karingal Veterinary Hospital is open 6 days a week.

Our hours are

- 8am-6pm Monday-Friday,
- 9am-5pm Saturday,
- Closed on Sundays,

* We are closed on public holidays.