How to Talk to Cats

How to Talk to Cats

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There are a lot of things that our cats are trying to tell us. And as owners (or best friends), they communicate with us on a level that other people may never understand.

Vocalization:

  • Meowing

If you have more than one cat you may have noticed that they don’t actually meow at each other. Your cat basically only meows to you in a language that only you can really understand. They will meow for food, assistance, attention, or fear.

  • Yowling

Most of the time cats do this when they are in pain or distress. If they aren’t spayed/neutered, they may be feeling sexual. If you hear your cat howling and yowling then try to find them, they may be stuck or sick.

  • Purring

Mostly your cat will purr because they are content and happy that you are there. However, kitty can purr if they are aggitated or stressed (like going to the vet).

  • Chattering

Cats often chatter when they are excited. Watching bird in the window or chasing a toy, cats often chatter to themselves. No one really knows exactly why they do this, but some experts think it’s because they are exaggerating or anticipating their “kill bite.”

 

Body Language:

  • Tail Tales

Your cat’s tail says a lot. A curled tail is interested (think of a question mark), you often get their tail when you’re feeling them or starting to play. If your cat’s tail is puffed out and straight up, they have been scared or challenged by another animal. If it is tucked under, they are submissive, shy, or afraid. When your cat thrashes their tail back and forth, that means they are irritated and may lash out with their claws.

  • Ears

Much like the tail, the ears tell a story. If they perk up and twitch, they are attentive and listening to the sounds around them. If you see their ears pinned back, then they are certainly not happy. They are either irritated, afraid or down right mad.

  • Rubbing and Kneading

You cat will often rub in between your legs. Mostly this is because they are genuinely happy that you are there. Whether for your affection and comfort, or because you’re feeding them, they are happy to see you. Kneading, or as we call it “makin’ biscuits,” your cat is comforted and at the highest level of relaxation. A throwback to kitten-hood, cats instinctively do this when they are in a place of pure love.

Cats are precious and they love us. They want to communicate with us because we communicate with them.  I mean, don’t you talk to your cat?  Bonding with your cat starts with knowing how to talk to them. And once you have that bond, you’re set for a life with a great companion.

 

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